By Khatuna Salukvadze (4/26/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: The success of the Eurasian corridor pipeline deal (Baku-Ceyhan and Transcaucasian gas pipelines) represents a breakthrough, for Georgia and Azerbaijan that have envisioned a new strategic reality based on a revival of the ancient Silk Road. The pro-Western oriented Eurasian corridor project signifies the creation of a new geo-economic regional partnership, that will create a joint military force to defend the pipelines from military and terrorist attack. This new partnership will creating a route for Central Asian oil outside the control of Russia, despite Russias demand that Caspian oil flow through Russian territory to Novorosiisk.
By Gael Rabelland (4/26/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: The consequences of the Asian and Russian economic crises of 1998 seem more and more evanescent in East Asia. For Central Asia the effects are still devastating. Before the crisis, Asian investment to the region, mainly from South Korea, was accelerating.
By Ali A. Jalali (6/7/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: The break-up of the Soviet Union seemed to open new opportunities for spreading Iranian influence in Central Asia. But Iran faced major obstacles in influencing the newly independent states in the region. One hurdle was Iran's limited knowledge of Central Asia.
By Kunduz Sydygalieva (6/7/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: One of the main goals of the Islamic rebels congregated on the Kyrgyz border is to facilitate drug trafficking from Afghanistan to Europe. Taliban-controlled Afghanistan has turned into a hotbed of international terrorism and a major source of the illegal narcotics trade. Today, Afghanistan has become a homeland for training terrorists and military mercenaries.
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