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This timely book focuses on the newly independent Muslim republics of the former Soviet Union. It examines the recent economic and political developments in these states with reference to the lingering legacy of Tsarist and Soviet rule, the resurgence of an Islamic political identity, the persistence of ethnic allegiances and rivalries, and the nascent democratic aspirations of their peoples. A distinguishing feature of the book is its emphasis on the long-standing religious, ethnic and cultural ties between the peoples of Central Asia and those of the four Southwest Asian states of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey. Viewing the new alliances, rivalries and potential conflicts among these states, the authors provide an informed and incisive assessment of the geopolitics of a region with a population of over 300 million people where future developments will carry heavy implications for the West.
Publisher: I. B. TAURIS
Subtitle: THE U.S. IN A CHAOTIC WORLD
Author: ALI BANUAZIZI