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- In Asia, Water Is Worth Blood
- Focus Central Asia, No.52, 21–22
November 1997. The Kyrgyz Republic states that it has the
right to use water resources from rivers within its
territories for maximum benefit. 80% of Kyrgyz water is
consumed by the neighbouring republics of Uzbekistan,
Kazakhstan, and Tadjikistan. Legal rights to the water.
- Iran pushes trade, not Koran, in Central
- By Chris Bird, Reuters, 2 December 1997. Iran's
overtures to its Central Asian neighbors in a strategic
poker game with the United States for control of the flow of
oil from the region. U.S. sanctions against Iran prevent
American oil companies, which are the largest investors
in Caspian oil, from bankrolling the Iranian route
- Turkmenistan Pipeline Plugs U.S. Bid To
- By Dilip Hiro, IPS, 30 December 1997. The Turkmen-Iranian
pipeline to carry Turkmenistan's natural gas to north-east
Iran was a geopolitical as well as an economic achievement
for both sides.
- A dialog on water in Central Asia
- From CenAsia list, January 1998. A critique of the above
article. While it is true that Kyrgyzstan is in an akward
position, with small financial means to pay for gas and
coal-deliverances from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and that
payment for water as a means to accumulate money would be
beneficial from a Kyrgyz point of view. There are some
claims in the article that should be modified somewhat.
- Avoiding A Headlong Lurch into Unfettered
- By Dilip Hiro, IPS, 9 October 1998. When Russian President
Boris Yeltsin visits Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to further
economic cooperation, the economies of adjoining Central
Asian countries will provide a study in contrasts.
- Re: Bad Advice From Western
- Part of a dialog from CenAsia list, 4 December 1998.
Statement that efforts should be concentrated on the
development of industries which should be protected from
foreign competition raise an interesting comparison with
the policies of presidents Karimov and Akaev.
- Problems of post-Soviet integration
- By Sergei Blagov, Asia Times, 6 March
1999. In an effort to boost integration, Tajikistan
last week became the fifth member of the Commonwealth of
Independent States (CIS) to join a customs union aimed at
freeing trade. The other countries are Russia, Belarus,
Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
- Economic crisis threatens young
- By Thalif Deen, Asia Times, 3 August
1999. The political stability of the new democracies in former
Soviet republics and elsewhere in Central Asia and eastern
Europe is being threatened by widespread poverty, rising
unemployment and declining growth rates.