The economic history of Central Asia as a whole

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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 Asia
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 south.
Turkmenistan Pipeline Plugs U.S. Bid To Isolate Iran
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 Capitalism
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 Economists
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 democracies
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.