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Central Asia and the Caucasus
At the Crossroads of Eurasia in the 21st Century

  • Werner Hermann - Head of International Research and Technical Assistance, Swiss National Bank, Switzerland
  • Johannes Linn - Senior Resident Scholar, Emerging Markets Forum, USA

© 2011 | 262 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
"Central Asia and the Caucasus are receiving an increasing international recognition as a region that holds the key for Eurasia's future. This book makes a valuable contribution in identifying the priorities and policy prescriptions that will help the economics of Central Asia to realize their promise."
-Oraz Jandosov, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

"This book is a must read for experts and nonexperts interested in Central Asia and the Caucasus. It covers in one place, in depth and in vivid form the most important economic and political dimension of this critical region."
-Djoomart Ortobaev, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Kyrgyz Republic

The work provides a clear and yet a thought provoking understanding of the dynamics and challenges of Central Asia and the Caucasus. It aims to raise awareness of the important opportunities and risks which the region faces and represents. However, this book is not only about Central Asia and the Caucasus and its role in Eurasia, it is also written for readers in that region. The book consists of papers that originally served as background documents for a conference of experts and leaders from the region. The goal of the conference was to find practical ways to enhance sustainable growth and welfare in Central Asia.

The book explores five issues to have been found worthwhile addressing at this stage: political rivalry and competition among the countries of the region, trade and transport, oil and gas resources, the business environments, and how the countries coped with the consequences of the global crisis of 2008-09.

The Central Asia and the Caucasus region is a region that deserves much attention internationally and urgently needs more cooperation among the countries themselves so as to ensure a stable and prosperous future for this region and thus to secure its essential role as a hub of Eurasian integration. This volume hopes to contribute in small measure to this important set of goals.
 
Foreword
 
Introduction
Connecting Central Asia and the Caucasus with the World Johannes F Linn
Rivalry and Competition in Central Asia Martha Brill Olcott
Trade and Transport in Central Asia Richard Pomfret
Central Asia's Oil and Gas Reserves: To Whom Do They Matter? Martha Brill Olcott
How Bad Are Central Asia's Business Environments and What Can Be Done about Them? Dennis de Tray
The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis and Policy Responses: Central Asia and the Caucasus Pradeep K Mitra
 
References
 
Index

Central Asia and the Caucasus are receiving an increasing international recognition as a region that holds the key for Eurasia's future. This book makes a valuable contribution in identifying the priorities and policy prescriptions that will help the economics of Central Asia to realize their promise.

Oraz Jandosov
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

This book is a must read for experts and nonexperts interested in Central Asia and the Caucasus. It covers in one place, in depth and in vivid form the most important economic and political dimension of this critical region.

Djoomart Ortobaev
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Kyrgyz Republic

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