Civil Society in Central Asia

Paperback | July 1, 1999

byM. Holt Ruffin, Daniel WaughForeword byS. Frederick Starr

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Central Asia, known as the home of Tamerlane and the Silk Road, is a crossroads of great cultures and civilizations. In 1991 five nations at the heart of the region—Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan— suddenly became independent. Today they sit strategically between Russia, China, and Iran and hold some of the world’s largest deposits of oil and natural gas. Long-suppressed ethnic identities are finding new expression in language, religion, and occasional civil conflicts.

Civil Society in Central Asia is a pathbreaking collection of essays by scholars and activists that illuminates the social and institutional forces shaping this important region’s future. An appendix provides a guide to projects being carried out by local and international groups.

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Central Asia, known as the home of Tamerlane and the Silk Road, is a crossroads of great cultures and civilizations. In 1991 five nations at the heart of the region—Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan— suddenly became independent. Today they sit strategically between Russia, China, and Iran and hold some of ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.02 × 6.06 × 0.86 inPublished:July 1, 1999Publisher:University Of Washington Press

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ISBN - 10:0295977957

ISBN - 13:9780295977959

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PrefaceMaps of Central AsiaIntroduction1) Civil Society in Central Asia2) The Legal Regulation of NGOs - Central Asia at a Crossroads3) Freedom of Association and the Question of its realization in Kazakhstan4) Governement and Nonprofit Sector Relations in the Kyrgyz Republic5) Enviornmental NGOs & the Development of Civil Society in Central Asia6) Kolkhoz and Civil Society in the Independent States of Central Asia7) Prospects for Development of an Independent Media in Kazakhstan8) Can Uzbekistan Build Democracy and Civil Society?9) Civil Society and Identity in Uzbekistan10) Islam and Tajikistan’s Human and Ecological Crisis11) Women’s NGOs in Central Asia’s Evolving Societies12) The Real Work - Sustainig NGO Growth in Central AsiaOrganizationsOnline ResourcesAppendices