Summer 2008

ISSN 1558-9855

VOL. 4, NO. 2

‘Globalization and Change in Central Asia’

platformcaspiansea“Russia and Turkmenistan” by Mark N. Katz

Katz analyzes how leadership change and political liberalization in Turkmenistan may, paradoxically, produce new domestic and international challenges for the Russian leadership.

gulagmemorial2“The Gulag’s Foundation in Kazakhstan” by Steven A. Barnes

Barnes investigates the intersection of state, society and energy from a historical perspective, focusing on Karlag, the Soviet forced labor camp in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.

untroopscongo“The Impacts of Globalization on Tajikistan: New Roles for Conflict Resolution” by Sandra I. Cheldelin and Susan F. Hirsch

Looking at postwar Tajiki reconstruction efforts, the authors find that foreign aid can positively influence this reconstruction if it is extended with a clear understanding of the local impact of globalization.

foreignaid“What Does US Assistance for Eurasia Have to Do with Foreign Aid?” by Sada Aksartova

Looking at several countries in Central Asia, Aksartova demonstrates the many suboptimal outcomes that result if foreign aid is not extended with an eye to local context. 

barbwire“The Crime of Human Trafficking” by Louise Shelley

Shelly discloses the devastating effects of human trafficking in Central Asia and finds that the international community’s efforts to combat human trafficking have largely focused on the passage and, regrettably, infrequent implementation of anti-trafficking laws, have proven ineffective.

The only patriotic solution“Food, Protest and Political Instability in Central Asia” by Eric M. McGlinchey

McGlinchey examines the growing inflationary pressures on commodity prices in Central Asia, which could produce widespread protest and political instability.