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  • Multi-Billion-Dollar Resort Planned For Defense Ministry’s Caspian Sea Island

    Shahin Abbasov   $6-billion project to build a “carbon-neutral” luxury resort on a Caspian Sea island owned by Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense is focusing attention on the relationship between the government and the country’s real estate market.   Located nine miles off the coast of Baku, Beyuk Zira Island, known to Azerbaijanis as Nargin, is a

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  • Turkey and Russia on the Rise

    Reva Bhalla, Lauren Goodrich and Peter Zeihan   russian President Dmitri Medvedev reportedly will travel to Turkey in the near future to follow up a recent four-day visit by his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, to Moscow. The Turks and the Russians certainly have much to discuss.   Russia is moving aggressively to extend its influence

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  • The Russification of Kyrgyzstan

    Baktybek Abdrisaev the remote and mountainous Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan has long been viewed as something of an outlier. Unlike its expansive northern neighbor, Kazakhstan, it has no hydrocarbon wealth. But Kyrgyzstan has something that is fairly precious and rare in the developing world: a well-educated population that values democracy and freedom.    

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  • Mongolia: Economic Nationalism on the Rise, Western Investors May Take a Hit

    Ariel Cohen   economic nationalism, a trend that is rapidly gaining strength in Central Asia, appears to be spreading to Mongolia. The Mongolian parliament is set to consider legislation on March 25 that would expand the state’s role in the mining sector, the country’s most important economic sphere.   Under the legislative package, which is virtually

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  • Kazakhstan: Is Astana Aiming To Broker Us-Iran Nuclear Deal?

    Joanna Lillis   kazakhstan is trying to develop a diplomatic initiative that could both cement Astana’s role as an important geopolitical player and defuse one of the world’s most vexing dilemmas — the matter of Iran’s nuclear program. If successful, Kazakhstan would emerge as a global repository for nuclear fuel. President Nursultan Nazarbayev unveiled his initiative

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  • US Army Intelligence: We’re Losing In Afghanistan (and Al Qa’eda is Not Reason Number One)

    Scott Lucas midst all the flurry of Presidential announcements and Congressional hearings on Pakistan-Afghanistan, this is the most important document to sneak onto the Internet this week. Wikileaks has posted a report of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command, circulated on 1 March 2009. TRADOC is based in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where General David Petraeus developed

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  • The Russia Opportunity

    Bill Bradley   barack Obama has an opportunity to establish a new relationship with Russia that will make the world a safer place. With ties between the two countries being the most strained they’ve been in decades, the U.S. president seems to recognize there must be changes in his country’s approach to Russia.   The

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  • An Analysis of Azeri Energy Market and Its Future

    Duygu Uckun   Azerbaijan is an oil rich country and a transition economy. It is witnessing an increasing foreign direct investment and fast economic growth. Mismanagement of this process might turn resources from being a blessing into a curse, one that destabilizes the economy, society and the region. Dutch disease is analyzed as one way

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  • Central Asia and Turkish Foreign Policy

    Dr. Gamze Güngörmüş KONA   The emergence of Turkish interest in the Central Asian region began with the geopolitical changes appeared in the former Soviet South geopolitical area following the disintegration of the Soviet Union. After the disintegration five states in Central Asia declared their independence and began to develop foreign relations with the states

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  • Türkiye – Azerbaycan İlişkileri : Büyük Umutlar – Talihsiz Gelişmeler Ve Yapılması Gerekenler

    Dr. Gamze Güngörmüş KONA   Sovyetler Birliği’nin dağılmasını takiben Güney Kafkasya bölgesinde yer alan Azerbaycan’ın bağımsızlığına kavuşması bu devleti olumlu yönde olduğu kadar olumsuz yönde de etkilemiştir. Bağımsız devlet, bağımsız toprak ve bağımsız parlamentosuna kavuşan Azerbaycan; bölgesel ve bazı Batılı aktörlerin güç mücadelesine maruz kalma, serbest piyasa ekonomisinin kurum ve kurallarını geliştirememe, Rusya Federasyonu’nun etkinlik

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  • Social, Political and Economic Problems Central Asian Republics Face and The Role Of Turkey in The Central Asian Region

    Dr. Gamze Güngörmüş KONA   Along with the emergence of the newly independent Soviet Muslim periphery, the region, has started to be included in Turkish foreign policy agenda, too. Turkey was one of the first countries who recognised the independence of the Central Asian republics. Besides recognition Turkey has declared her willingness and readiness to

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  • Classical Eurasianism and the Geopolitics of Russian Identity

    Prof. Mark BASSIN   One of the great fascinations of studying nationalist ideologies is to follow the complex process by which foreign notions and perspective are absorbed, rescripted and resignified, and then redeployed in a manner quite different from, if not indeed opposed to their original function. This borrowing process can be an elusive one,

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  • Eurasianism Classical and Neo The Lines of Continuity

    Prof. Mark Bassin     Eurasianism, as Stephen Shenfield reminds us, means many things. Indeed, this is if anything an understatement, for the term has emerged as one of the most popular keywords available in the volatile ideological arsenal of post-Soviet politics. Popularity does not, however, necessarily enhance consistency, and this is certainly the case

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