Once an obscure and little-known region, Central Asia has become an important test of America's ability to consistently promote global liberal change, of Russia's true foreign policy agenda, and of China's readiness to translate economic power into political influence. Terrorism, economics, and politics all converge in this strategic region, with important implications for Asia and the world. A set of international contributors focuses on three important issues that are usually-and unfortunately-analyzed separately: Islamic political issues, energy security, and geopolitical maneuvering. This significant and timely volume helps readers understand current events in Central Asia and how those events affect the rest of the world.
Elizabeth Van Wie Davis is professor of regional studies at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Rouben Azizian is professor of policy studies at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Chapter 1: Islam, Oil, and Geopolitics in Central Asia Part I: Conflict and Peace Chapter 2: Central Asia and War Against Terrorism: A View from Russia Chapter 3: The Afghanistan Peace Process: Progress and Problems Chapter 4: Islam and Ethnic Minorities in Central Asia: The Uyghurs Chapter 5: Integrating Political Islam in Central Asia: The Tajik Experience Chapter 6: Countering Religious Extremism in Central Asia: Hizbut-Tahrir and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Chapter 7: Islam, Politics, and the Security of Central Asia Part II: Energy Security Chapter 8: Central Asia's Energy Resources: Japan's Energy Interests Chapter 9: China's Energy Interest and Quest for Energy Security Chapter 10: Central Asia and Asia-Pacific Energy Requirements Part III: Geopolitics of Central Asia Chapter 11: Great Power Politics in Central Asia Today: A Chinese Assessment Chapter 12: Russia and India Meet in Central Asia Chapter 13: Iran, Turkey, and Central Asia: The Islamic Connection Chapter 14: China-Russia Strategic Relations: The Central Asian Angle Chapter 15: China and Russia in Central Asia: Interests and Tendencies Part IV: Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific Chapter 16: Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Prospects Chapter 17: Kazakhstan and Confidence Building Measures in Asia Chapter 18: Post-Soviet Transitions: Central Asia and Mongolia Chapter 19: The United States, Asian Security, and Central Asia Before and After September 11