Conflict and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus by Hooman Peimani

By Hooman Peimani

This insightful paintings maps out the chances and hazards that lie forward for the countries of principal Asia and the Caucasus. The publication analyzes the present safety state of affairs and clarifies its historic context, deciding upon the criteria that experience formed the protection of those younger international locations in view that their independence. It additionally examines the parameters—political, fiscal, ethnic, power, and military—that will come to a decision the safety of the area within the future.The book's writer tells the total tale in the back of the headlines while he discusses, for instance, the genuine cause of the "wine warfare" of 2006, whilst Russia banned imports of Georgian wine for "health reasons," or whilst explaining the impression of the increasing American presence—both political and military—after September eleven. clash and safeguard in valuable Asia and the Caucasus is a primer should you need to know extra approximately this strategic zone and crucial analyzing for all scholars of global affairs.

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NATO’s announcement on September 21, 2006, that Georgia’s application for Intensified Dialogue with the alliance was approved likely ensured such a scenario. Although this was no approval of its membership bid, it was a major step, effectively setting the stage for the processing of Georgia’s membership application. In the aftermath of the Georgian-Russian war of 2008, NATO’s condemnation of Russia— to the extent of rejection of the possibility of business-as-usual with Russia, which prompted Russia’s cancellation of certain types of cooperation with NATO with no regret expressed over ending ties with NATO in the future—caused a rapid deterioration of Russia-NATO relations.

Fighting terrorism has provided them with an internationally acceptable pretext for suppressing their political opponents as terrorists. As reported by major human rights organizations such as Amnesty International (AI 2002–2008), there has been an evident increase in human rights abuses in the Central Asian countries. Hence the “War on Terror” has contributed to the worsening of human rights abuses and the consolidation of authoritarianism in the Central Asian countries, all of which sided with the United States when it began its “War on Terror” in late 2001.

S. forces from Central Asia (Blank 2005). S. S. military. S. Air Force personnel in Almaty. CONCLUSION From the ruins of the Soviet Union, the emergence of the five independent Central Asian states brought about for their people the possibility of building a future better than their unsatisfactory past. However, the Soviet Union’s collapse also put those countries on the path of instability in various forms, with predictably devastating impact, weakening if not undermining the basic conditions for achieving that prospect.

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