By Rustem Safronov (10/25/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: The Uzbekistani, Azerbaijani, and Kazakhstani successes in Sydney come as little surprise given that their athletes excelled in boxing and wrestling during Soviet times while the republics in the Caucasus traditionally produced top weightlifters and wrestlers. Recall, for example, the victories in the 1970s of the boxers Serik Konokbaev and Rufat Riskiev. The West recognized these athletes as "Russians," when in fact they hailed from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, respectively.
By Dr. John C. K. Daly (10/25/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: The Kursk disappeared on 12 August during a Northern Fleet training exercise. The last message sent by the Kursk was a request to proceed with a training torpedo launch. A week later in an announcement made on 19 August, the Dagestani Shura claimed that Dagestani martyrs had sunk the Kursk with a torpedo explosion.
By Professor Stephen Blank (11/8/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Most writing on international geopolitical rivalries in and around Central Asia focus on Russo-American competition. A growing literature also assesses Iranian, Chinese, and Turkish activities there. But there is also a visibly growing involvement of other major Asian states, not just in realizing a defense and security agenda, but also in the funding and development of major energy and infrastructure projects.
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