The Security of the Caspian Sea Region

Hardcover | December 15, 2001

EditorGennady Chufrin

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Over the past decade the Caspian Sea region has risen from relative obscurity to considerable prominence in global affairs. Located at the crossroads of traditional trade routes between Europe and Asia and possessing vast natural resources, oil and natural gas among them, it attractswidespread international interest. The emergence of new sovereign states in the region has fundamentally transformed its political landscape. The future of the Caspian region is far from certain, however, as it is challenged by a wide variety of political, socio-economic and military threats whichinclude the declining living standards of vast segments of local populations, inter-ethnic and inter-confessional tensions and conflicts, militant separatism, international terrorism, and illegal trade in arms and drugs. The security of the region is also affected by the intensifying strategiccompetition among major outside powers over establishing their political and economic influence in regional affairs. The book offers a competent analysis of the major political, economic and security developments in the region by a diverse group of highly qualified experts from the Caspian littoralstates, the USA and the European Union.

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Over the past decade the Caspian Sea region has risen from relative obscurity to considerable prominence in global affairs. Located at the crossroads of traditional trade routes between Europe and Asia and possessing vast natural resources, oil and natural gas among them, it attractswidespread international interest. The emergence of n...

Gennzdy Chufrin is a SIPRI Project Leader.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:December 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199250200

ISBN - 13:9780199250202

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 IntroductionPart I The Caspian Security EnvironmentChapter 2 The New Geopolitical Situation in the Caspian RegionChapter 3 Energy Reserves, Pipeline Routes and the Legal Regime in the Caspian SeaChapter 4 The Caspian Sea: Threats to its Biological Resources and Environmental SecurityChapter 5 Major Trends in Military Expenditure and Arms Acquisitions by the States of the Caspian RegionPart II National Perspectives on Security in the Caspian Sea RegionChapter 6 Russia's National Security Interests in the Caspian RegionChapter 7 US Policy towards the Caspian: Can the Wish-list be Realized?Chapter 8 Turkey's Objectives in the Caspian RegionChapter 9 The Evolving Security Role of Iran in the Caspian RegionChapter 10 Azerbaijan's Strategic Choice in the Caspian RegionChapter 11 The Choice of Independent GeorgiaChapter 12 Kazakhstan's Security Policy in the Caspian RegionChapter 13 Turkmenistan's Quest for Economic SecurityChapter 14 Turkmenistan and Central Asian Regional SecurityPart III The Changing Conflict Dynamics in the Caspian Sea RegionChapter 15 The Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh: Its Impact on Security in the Caspian RegionChapter 16 The Georgian-Abkhazian ConflictChapter 17 The Glitter and Poverty of Chechen IslamChapter 18 Radical Islam as a Threat to the Security of the Central Asian States: a View from UzbekistanPart IV Competition and Co-operation in the Caspian Sea RegionChapter 19 Caspian Sea Region: Towards an Unstable FutureAppendix: Chronology of Defence and Security-related Declarations and Agreements Involving the countries of the Caspian Region, 1991-2001