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PUBL.- Second Volume of the 7th ESCAS Conference Proceedings

From: Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek <gabriele.rasuly(a)univie.ac.at>
Posted: 1 Aug 2005

PUBL.- Second Volume of the 7th ESCAS Conference Proceedings

Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek, Julia Katschnig (eds.)
Central Asia on Display.
Proceedings of the VII. Conference of the European Society for Central Asian 
(Reihe: Wiener Zentralasien Studien - Vienna Central Asian Studies)
Vol. 2
Vienna 2005 (LIT-Verlag), 235 pages; 49.90 EUR, br., ISBN 3-8258-8586-0

Despite its current geostrategic importance and its easier accessibility 
since the dissolvement of the Soviet Union, Central Asia has nevertheless 
remained a white spot on the map of western scholarship and public awareness.

Bringing together papers presented at the VIIth Conference of the European 
Society for Central Asian Studies, which took place in September 2000 in 
Vienna, this volume aims to shed light on the historical, political, 
cultural and socio-economic development of the region.

Scholars from within and outside Central Asia discuss a wide range of 
topics. By employing an interdisciplinary exchange of recent research 
results the two volumes offer an excellent insight into the current state of 
the art of Central Asian studies. At the same this publication allows a 
better understanding of the reconfigurations and ruptures associated with 
the current transformation processes in Central Asia, which, however, are 
embedded in a long-standing history of cultural and economic exchanges.

Among the topics highlighted in two volumes are contributions focusing on 
such issues as state formation and national building, literary traditions, 
music, arts, sports and games questions of identity formation, religious 
beliefs and practices, forms of social and economic organization, human 
rights, democratization, local and global politics.

About the editors:

Mag. Julia Katschnig studied Social Anthropology, Journalism, Spanish and 
French at the University of Vienna.

Asst. Prof.Mag.Dr. Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek received an MA in Sociology and 
Political Sciences and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, Turkology and Islamic 
Studies from the University of Vienna. Currently she acts as the chair 
person of ESCAS.

Publisher's address in Vienna:
Richard Kisling
LIT Verlag
Krotenthallergasse 10/8
A - 1080 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: 0043 1 40 95 661
Fax: 0043 1 40 95 697

LIT-VERLAG (main representation of publisher)
Dr. Wilhelm Hopf
Grevener Strasse
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Tel: (0)251 - 23 50 91
Fax: (0)251 - 23 1972
Email: hopf(a)lit-verlag.de

Sales Representative in North-America
Transaction Publishers, Rutgers University
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Email: orders(a)transactionpub.com

Central Asia on Display
Proceedings of the VII ESCAS Conference
Editors: Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek and Julia Katschnig

Volume II
Table of Contents:

Chapter I: Tracing History

How does a confederacy of tribes evolve?
Catherine Uray-Kohalmi

Clans and juz.
Nurbulat Masanov

The Eastern Turkestan Chaghataids and Shibanids Mawarannahr Alliance Against 
the Qazakhs in the Middle of the 16th Century.
Oleg F. Akimushkin

The Burial Ritual "Sadir" Of the Tadzhik Populations of Pendjikent 
(Tadzikhistan) and Samarkand (Uzbekistan).
Shodman Vakhidov

Sufism and the Transformation of the Cultural Sufistic Architecture.
Nina Nemtseva

Chapter II: Current Challenges

Kazakhstan and Central Asia: Cultural Continuity and Mutual Influences.
Meruert Abuseitova

Economic Liberalization in Uzbekistan.
Prof. Abdukhalil Razzakov

Some of the Main Cultural Trends in Central Asia During the Years of 
Dinora Azimova

The Reform of the National Educational System in the Republic of Uzbekistan 
(aspects of middlespecial professional education).
Saidahror M. Kasimov

Nation- and State-Building in Kazakhstan between Ethnic and Social Conflict.
Marie-Carin v. Gumppenberg

Foreign political priorities of Kazakhstan: tendencies and prospects.
Sanat Kushkumbayev

Security Gap in the Heart of Eurasia.
Thrassy  Marketos

Central-Asian Region: Variants of Geopolitical Orientation in the Context of 
the Anti-Terrorism Operations of the Western Alliance.
Rustem Zhangozha and Emir Rustamov

The Shadow of lslamic Radicalism over Central Asia.
Vyacheslav Ya. Belokrenitsky

Chapter III: Modernity and Power Struggles: Perceptions and Practices:

"Jadeed" Press in Turkistan: historical-social importance in the example of 
"Taraqqiy " (Progress) paper.
Boybuta Dustkaraev

Linguistic Culture in Beghbudi's Education Programme: Lessons for Us.
Dilbar Rashidova

The Turkestan Jadids' Conception of Muslim Culture.
Dilorom Alimova

The Activity of Turkestani Jadids as Reflected in the Records of the Tsarist 
Secret Police (1905-1917).
Sherali Turdiev

The Kazakh Intelligentsia and the Formation of the Kazakh Socialist Soviet 
Republic (1919-1938).
Xavier Hallez

The Modernization Process in Azerbijan: The Soviet Stage and Comintern 
Schemes, 1920-30. 
Solmaz Rustamova-Tohidi

Enlightening the People: The Practice of Modernity in Central Asia and its 
Trans-Caspian Dependencies.
Turaj Atabaki

Turkic Identity and Azerbaijani Consciousness at the Beginning of the 20th 
Century: Connection or Contradiction?
Shahin M. Mustafayev

Islam and Social-political Processes in Uzbekistan in the First Half of the 
Twentieth Century.
Saidakbar Agzamkhodjaev

Chapter IV: Research Reports and Personal Narratives

Sasanian Seal Stones: an Electronic Cataloguing Project.
Guitty Azarpay

Islam in Central Asia and the Caucasus in the Complex Approach to the 
Islamic Studies in the Former Russian Empire.
Alexei A. Khismatulin

Al-Farghani and other Central Asian Scholars in l4th and l5th Century Czech 
Jiri Becka

The Tajik National State University of Tadzhikistan.
Manfred Lorenz

Some Information about Tajik's Migration History.
Mansur Bobohonov

Tourism in Central Asia - a Chance and a Challenge, not only for the Heirs 
of the Great Silk Road.
Klaus Pander

Short c.v. of contributors

SEEKING CONTRIBUTOR- Routledge Encyclopedia of Adolescence, Chapter on Central Asia

From: Kristen Holt <adolescence(a)taylorandfrancis.com>
Posted: 28 Jul 2005

SEEKING CONTRIBUTOR- Routledge Encycl. of Adolescence, Chapter on Central Asia

Seeking an author for the Routledge International Encyclopedia of 
Adolescence, to be published by Routledge (a division of Taylor & Francis) 
in October 2006.

The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Adolescence will feature over 
100 countries, discussed in chapters written and signed by scholars. Each 
chapter will address the following issues: period of adolescence, beliefs, 
gender, the self, family relationships, friends and peers/youth culture, 
love and sexuality, health risk behaviors, education, work, media, politics 
and military, as well as issues unique to the country or region.

More detailed explanations can be found on our website at 

We are seeking a qualified contributor to write a 5000-word chapter on 
adolescence in Central Asia (covering, as much as possible, Azerbaijan, 
Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan). We will pay 
our author US$ .05 per word. The chapter is due on December 15, 2005. We 
will provide you with a template to follow, to ensure that key topics are 
covered in a balance fashion throughout the Encyclopedia.

If we receive many interested responses, we may decide to create separate 
chapters for each nation. If you prefer to write on a single nation, please 
do feel free to contact us.

If you are interested and would like more information, please email Kristen 
Holt at adolescence(a)taylorandfrancis.com. Thank you very much.

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, July 27, 2005 Issue on Web

From: Svante Cornell <Svante.Cornell(a)east.uu.se>
Posted: 28 Jul 2005

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, July 27, 2005 Issue on Web


New Silk Road Paper: "China and Afghan Opiates: Assessing the Risk", by 
Jacob Townsend, June 2005, 85pp. Online at 

New Book: "The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Oil Window to the West" Edited 
by S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell, 150 pp.  

The 27 July issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is now online at 
http://www.cacianalyst.org. The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly 
publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins 

The CACI Analyst welcomes submissions of articles and field reports. At this 
moment, we are particularly interested in submissions on economics and 
finance matters in Central Asia and the Caucasus region, but all inquiries 
are welcome.  Please contact the Editor, Svante Cornell, at scornell(a)jhu.edu 
with a short description of your article idea. Editorial principles are 
online at http://www.cacianalyst.org/view_article.php?articleid=2063

The PDF version of the entire issue of the 27 July CACI Analyst is available 


The Analytical Articles include:

The Unocal-CNOOC-Chevron Triangle Drama: Business as Usual or Political 
Niklas Swanstrom
Unocal, the 8th largest U.S. oil company, is the subject of bidding from two 
major international oil companies. The most notable is Chevron, but 
politically more significant, China's National Overseas Oil Corporation 
(CNOOC) trumped Chevron's $16.6 billion bid for Unocal by $1.9 billion. This 
created an uproar in the U.S. that claimed a sale of Unocal to China would 
constitute a threat to national security as well as to American influence in 
Asia, where Unocal is well represented. While the direct consequences of 
this bid are exaggerated, it is indicative of the larger Chinese push for 
energy resources in Asia including Central Asia, which has set it on a 
collision course with U.S. interests there.

Rumsfeld in Kyrgyzstan: Halting America's Faltering Position in Central Asia
Erica Marat
On July 25-26, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited Bishkek to 
discuss issues of bilateral security cooperation with Kyrgyzstan's Acting 
President Kurmanbek Bakiev and Defense Minister Ismail Isakov. His visit 
took place in the aftermath of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's 
pressure on Kyrgyzstan to request deadlines for the closure of the U.S. 
military base in Bishkek, at the July 6 summit in Astana. The key argument 
behind the demand of the SCO's major member states ­ Russia and China ­ was 
that the situation in neighboring Afghanistan, for which the base was 
originally stationed in 2001, had stabilized.

Making Sense of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's Astana Summit
Stephen Blank
The most recent summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Astana 
was an epochal one.  For the first time all six members demanded that the 
United States present a timeline for the length of time it intends to retain 
its Central Asian bases.  The summit also endorsed a ringing denunciation of 
what it termed to be foreign interference in the internal political systems 
of the members.  Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov all but accused the 
United States of fomenting and instigating revolutions in Central Asia.  To 
add to the pressure, the Uzbek and Kyrgyz governments both called for 
renegotiation of the treaties permitting these bases. What lies behind these 
unexpected events? And what do they portend for the future?

Taliban-Style Law Irks Musharraf Regime
Naveed Ahmad
The hasty passage of controversial Hisba (accountability) bill, termed as 
Taliban-style moral code by critics, in the Northwest Froentier Province not 
only intensifies the struggle between Islamists and liberals, but also 
challenges Pakistani president General Musharraf's slogan of 'enlightened 
moderation'. The Hisba plan is seen as similar to the Department of Vice and 
Virtue set up by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The disputed legislation 
is just a short of governor's ceremonial approval to become a full-fledge 
law. The governor, an appointee of General Musharraf, strongly opposes the 
'Talibanization' of the province.

The Field Reports Include:

Tenth Year Anniversary of Niyazov's Health Program
Chemen Durdiyeva
A few days after the nationwide celebration of the harvest of 3,100,000 tons 
of wheat, Turkmenistan moved to the consecutive milestone event in the 
history of the country.  This July 21, or the 21st of the month of Gorkut as 
locally used, is marked as the 10th anniversary of President Niyazov's 
Health Program. Looking back, the healthcare system in Turkmenistan has gone 
through ups and downs, often idiosyncratic to political development of the 

Azerbaijan Becomes a Pioneer in Building Relations with Cyprus
Alman Mir Ismail
On July 27, Azerbaijan became the first country, besides Turkey, to open 
direct flights to the unrecognized Republic of Northern Cyprus. The charter 
flight, although handled by the private company IMAIR, carries a huge 
significance for bilateral relations as well as for lifting the Turkish side 
of the island from economic isolation. More than 90 Turkish and Azerbaijani 
businessmen have flown to the Northern Cyprus to participate in a business 
forum and promote trade and business relations between the two nations.

Presidential Elections in Iran and Prospects for Azerbaijan
Gulnara Ismailova
During 14 years of independence, Azerbaijan has had complicated mutual 
relations with Iran. By virtue of historical, cultural, religious, ethnic, 
geopolitical and other reasons, both states are connected by strong ties 
dooming them to close cooperation. At the same time, problems concerning the 
 30 million Azeris of Northern Iran, the unsolved legal status of the 
Caspian Sea and a number of other problems remain stumbling blocks between 
the two countries.

Kyrgyz Presidential Elections: an Observer's View
Hasan Ali Karasar
The July 10th Presidential (early) elections in Kyrgyzstan were a first in 
this part of the world. Being independent nations for almost 14 years now, 
none of the Central Asian nations had achieved either to establish a 
democratic system or to organize a democratic election. The July 10th 
elections were the closest to this objective in Central Asia's modern 
history, with people making a free choice for the first time. This was the 
case, however, under the conditions of one single candidate receiving the 
support of his strongest rival and the deposed president at the same time.

PUBL.- Development and Transition Newsletter, First Issue

From: Kalman Mizsei <kalman.mizsei(a)undp.org>
Posted: 25 Jul 2005

PUBL.- Development and Transition Newsletter, First Issue

I am very pleased to present the first issue of the long awaited Development 
and Transition, a quarterly newsletter devoted to issues of economic and 
political transition and human development in the region served by UNDP's 
Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS. The newsletter is published by the 
London School of Economics (LSE), in partnership with UNDP's Regional Centre 
in Bratislava. Available in both English and Russian, the first issue marks 
the start of what we hope will be a stimulating conversation on the nature, 
evolution and challenge of development and transition in the region, both 
from a practical and theoretical perspective.

This first issue focuses on the theme of development and transition broadly 
and includes articles from both UNDP practitioners and LSE scholars. Let me 
draw your attention to the excellent clarification of the difference between 
transition and development by the Director of the Bratislava Regional 
Center, Ben Slay! The lead article, written by Ben, Louisa Vinton and 
myself, focuses on the relevance of the Millennium Goals for the CIS.  Other 
articles discuss such topics as the first hundred days of Ukraine's new 
government (following up on our earlier Blue Ribbon Commission Report), and 
poverty during the early years of transition.

We truly want this to be a collaborative endeavor. I would like to invite 
you to participate in its success. Please give us feedback, comment on 
content, suggest topics and authors, and spread the news among your own 
colleagues. Ben and I intend to make this newsletter an important 
contribution to the policy dialogue  that UNDP is involved with in the region.

If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter in English or in Russian, 
or would like to suggest other individuals who would be interested in 
receiving the publication, please click on the following link: 

The second issue will focus on the themes of minorities and migration.  If 
you would like to offer a submission for this issue ­ or if you have 
comments on the first one ­ please contact the editor, James Hughes 
(j.hughes(a)lse.ac.uk), Ben Slay (ben.slay(a)undp.org) or myself.

Needless to say, I am incredibly excited by the launch of this publication. 
Please help Ben and me to make it a superb contributor to transition and, 
indeed, development.

Yours sincerely,

Kalman Mizsei
Assistant Administrator and Regional Director
UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS
ONE UN Plaza, DC 1-1628
New York, NY 10017
Phone: + 1 212 906 6597
Fax: + 1 212 906 6595
Web: http://www.undp.org/rbec

PUBL.- Shirin Akiner, Violence in Andijan, Silk Road Paper

From: Svante Cornell <Svante.Cornell(a)east.uu.se>
Posted: 25 Jul 2005

PUBL.- Shirin Akiner, Violence in Andijan, Silk Road Paper

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program is proud to 
announce the publication of its most recent issue of the Center's occasional 
papers series, the SILK ROAD PAPERS:

"Violence in Andijan, 13 May 2005: An Independent Assessment"
By Shirin Akiner (51 pp, July 2005)

This report is a timely and authoritative report on a crucial issue. Given 
the wide array of information and rumor surrounding the events in Andijan, 
this present the first comprehensive report undertaken by an independent and 
respected scholar on the subject. The report is freely available online at:

Please also note the release of the June 2005 issue of the Silk Road Papers: 
"China and Afghan Opiates: Assessing the Risk", by Jacob Townsend, June 
2005, 85 pp.
Online at http://www.silkroadstudies.org/Townsend.htm

We would also like to recall the publication of the May 2005 book: "The 
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Oil Window to the West" Edited by S. Frederick 
Starr and Svante E. Cornell, 150 pp.

These publications are all freely available online. They are also available 
in print format. For information on ordering hard copies of these 
publications, please contact Andriy Proshchenko <andrey(a)jhu.edu> in North 
America, or Emin Poljarevic in Europe at <info(a)silkroadstudies.org>.


Svante E. Cornell
Research Director
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program

CALL FOR ARTICLES- Special Issue, Anthropology of East Europe Review, Fall 2006

From: "K. Ghodsee" <kghodsee(a)bowdoin.edu>
Posted: 18 Jul 2005

CALL FOR ARTICLES- Special Issue, Anthropology of East Europe Review, Fall 2006

Call for Papers:

Fall 2006 Special Issue of the Anthropology of East Europe Review 
tentatively titled "Cultures of Consumerism in Postsocialist Central and 
Eastern Europe and Eurasia."

Critical essays are being solicited for a collection that will examine 
various aspects of consumer culture in post-socialist countries and how they 
have been transformed in the last 15 years.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: shopping, marketing and 
advertising, fast food, fashion, film, television, music, print media, 
branding, credit cards, consumer loans, luxury goods, malls, supermarkets, 
discount warehouse stores, tourism, e-commerce, technology, etc.

Essays should focus on how these things emerged or were changed during the 
transition away from socialism and what impacts they are having on the daily 
consumption practices and/or consumer preferences of citizens in the region. 
 Papers that investigate the intersections of gender and consumerism are 
particularly encouraged.

Papers should be no more than 8,000 words (excluding endnotes and 
references) and should be sent as electronic submissions as a Microsoft Word 
.doc (or as an .rtf file) to:


All papers should be received no later than February 1, 2006.

PUBL.- Thomas Loy, Yaghnob 1970 A Forced Migration in the Tajik SSR (in German)

From: Thomas Loy <t.loy(a)web.de>
Posted: 18 Jul 2005

PUBL.- Thomas Loy, Yaghnob 1970 A Forced Migration in the Tajik SSR (in German)


Thomas Loy, Jaghnob 1970. Erinnerungen an eine Zwangsumsiedlung in der 
Tadschikischen SSR
Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag 2005 (Erinnerungen an Zentralasien, ed. Ingeborg 
Baldauf), 136 pp., 12 Fig., bound in boards.
Price: 16,90 Euro

On the basis of a wide array of sources (archive material from the Tajik 
State Archive, Tajik press releases of the late 1960s and 70s, recollections 
and oral histories) Loy´s work reconstructs and discusses the history of the 
forced migration of the Yaghnobi.

The Yaghnobi, a small ethnic group with a distinct language and culture, 
were collectively migrated from their mountainous valley to the recently 
created cotton growing areas in the semi- desert lowlands of northern 
Tajikistan in 1970. The radical change of environment caused disease among 
the newcomers and within the first three years a lot of Yaghnobi died. Some 
families managed to leave and illegally returned to their remote valley. In 
1978 they were resettled again. In the early 1980s a second clandestine 
"wave" of return started.

The main focus of the work lies on the oral histories collected by the 
author in 2000 and 2001 among Yaghnobi in the Yaghnob valley, in Zafarobod 
and in Dushanbe. The text contains the planning, justification and 
enforcement of the resettlement by the soviet state and deals with the 
reactions and interpretations of the resettled Yaghnobi, their identities 
and the consequences for their communities.

The author hopes that the reconstruction of the forced migration of the 
Yaghnobi also contributes to a better understanding of soviet policies and 
strategies to transform Central Asian societies and its consequences in 

The book can be ordered via the publisher's web site at:


or via email:


PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, July 13, 2005 Issue on Web

From: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)east.uu.se>
Posted: 14 Jul 2005

Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 15:35:10 -0400
To: schoeber(a)fas.harvard.edu
PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, July 13, 2005 Issue on Web


New Silk Road Paper: "China and Afghan Opiates: Assessing the Risk", by
Jacob Townsend, June 2005, 85pp. Online at

New BOOK: "The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Oil Window to the West" Edited
by S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell, 150 pp.

The 13 July issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is now online at
http://www.cacianalyst.org. The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly
publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins

The CACI Analyst welcomes submissions of articles and field reports. At this
moment, we are particularly interested in submissions on economics and
finance matters in Central Asia and the Caucasus region, but all inquiries
are welcome.  Please contact the Editor, Svante Cornell, at scornell(a)jhu.edu
with a short description of your article idea. Editorial principles are
online at http://www.cacianalyst.org/view_article.php?articleid=2063

The PDF version of the entire issue of the 13 July CACI Analyst is available


The Analytical Articles include:

Post-Revolutionary Syndrome In Kyrgyzstan ­ The Struggle for Power Continues
Fredrik M. Sjoberg
For the first time, a southerner was last Sunday elected as the head of
state of Kyrgyzstan. This is a significant event in a country that for long
was dominated by Askar Akaev and his northern clan. Kurmanbek Bakiev emerged
as a leading opposition figure following the parliamentary elections in
February this year and was now elected in a race that lacked any major
opponents. Another leading Akaev opponent, Felix Kulov, will now be the new
prime minister, according to a pre-election agreement between the two. That
agreement also stipulates a strengthening of the role of the prime minister,
but to what extent that will materialize is still uncertain. Should this
happen, it would be a unique development in a region characterized by strong
presidential systems.

India's Continuing Quest for Central Asian Energy
Stephen Blank
The spike in energy prices to $60 a barrel of oil and China's recent bid to
buy Unocal underscores how issues of energy access are driving global
economic and political trends.  Certainly, this is particularly visible in
Asia in general and in Central Asia in particular.  While China's voracious
demand for energy has gotten almost all the publicity, in fact India's
demand is not far behind and India and Pakistan are competing vigorously
with China for reliable access to global energy sources.

Attempts at Re-Privatization Follow Kyrgyz Revolution
Zoya Pylenko
Kyrgyzstan's March revolution ended Askar Akayev's 15-year presidency - and
so gave the new government a chance to correct old problems concerning
corruption and faltering democracy, and to stimulate economic development.
However, the most visible result of the revolution so far is a collapse of
state authority and a worsening economic situation, caused in large part by
popular attempts to seize privatized property and force a change in
ownership. Such incidents can be observed all over the country. Property
seizing in Kyrgyzstan is the result of the instability following the
revolution ­ instability to which such incidents further add. The economy is
badly affected by it, and investors are wary to invest in a country where
the power of the law means little.

Georgia's Politics Remain Crisis-Prone
Blanka Hancilova
The latest clash between the opposition and the ruling party in Georgian
parliament is symptomatic of the fact that a healthy political process
failed to form after the Rose Revolution. The opposition is willing to
attack the institutions of the state to gain political support, while the
authorities are unwilling to consult the opposition on any crucial issues of
legislation and policies. This communication deficit may undermine the
legitimacy of government in Georgia.

The Field Reports Include:

Azerbaijan's Election Code is Changed ­ Without Real Change
Alman Mir-Ismail
Last week, before ending its spring session, the Parliament of Azerbaijan
voted and adopted the final version of the amendments to the Election Code,
submitted by the President of the country. More than 30 amendments were made
to the document that regulates the electoral process in Azerbaijan, yet
leaving the most controversial and hotly debated issue of the composition of
the election commission untouched.

Chinese Conundrum of Kazakhstan's Multi-Vector Policy
Marat Yermukanov
China seems to choose the right moment to strengthen its foothold in Central
Asia, taking advantage of the chaotic and uncertain situation after the
series of anti-government upheavals in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The fear
of a rose revolution throws the Kazakh establishment into the arms of the
Chinese juggernaut. This cat-and-mouse relationship acquired the guise of a
"strategic partnership" during Hu Jintao's four day visit to Kazakhstan.

Kyrgyzstan President-Elect Raised Issue of U.S. Base Withdrawal
Aida Baltabaeva
On July 10, 2005, in the early presidential elections held in Kyrgyzstan,
acting president Kurmanbek Bakiyev won with almost 90% of the vote, leaving
five rivals far behind. The Election Day when temperature reached its record
peak, 7 out of 10 registered voters attended polling stations to elect a new
president after former president Askar Akayev was ousted from his position
and the country when the opposition seized power on March 24, 2005.

Armenia Planning to Revise its Constitution
Grigor Hakobyan
On June 5, 2005, the Armenian people celebrated the tenth anniversary of the
adoption of the country's Constitution. The event was underscored by renewed
efforts on behalf of the Armenian government and the opposition to draft a
proposed set of constitutional amendments intended to improve the most
important and controversial body of laws in the country. The amendments will
be voted on in the upcoming constitutional referendum to be held in late
November of 2005.

PUBL.- Russian Military Capability in a Ten-Year Perspective

From: Robert Larsson <robert(a)gfsis.org>
Posted: 14 Jul 2005

PUBL.- Russian Military Capability in a Ten-Year Perspective

New Publication

"Russian Military Capability in a Ten-year perspective ­ Problems and
Trends in 2005"

by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

The aim of the report is to appraise Russian military capability in a
ten-year perspective. The assumption is that military capability stems from
and is influenced by the development and character of the Russian leadership
and society. Therefore, military capability is analysed in relation to the
development of Russian democracy, domestic and foreign policy, threat
perceptions, the war in Chechnya, security policy decision-making,
civil-military relations, economy and the development within Central Asia,
Caucasus and other CIS states. Overriding factors like the growing influence
of the power structures, corruption and the weak civil society are also
scrutinized. In the military sector, the development of the armed forces,
the progress of military reform, WMD, military presence within the CIS,
military R&D and MiC are assessed.


Extensive summary and conclusions in English (18 pages):

Full report in Swedish (313 pages):

The reports can also be bought as hard-copies by contacting FOI at
chrber(a)foi.se or +46 8 - 55 50 30 51

PUBL.- Torture: A User's Manual, Special Issue of Index on Censorship, Routledge

From: Rebecca Vickerstaff <Rebecca.Vickerstaff(a)tandf.co.uk>
Posted: 8 Jul 2005

PUBL.- Torture: A User's Manual, Special Issue of Index on Censorship

Special Issue of Index on Censorship: Torture: A User's Manual
New to Routledge for 2005

We thought we had it licked. Torture was outlawed by most civilised 
countries as far back as the nineteenth century. Then came the atrocities of 
World War II and international agreements such as the Geneva Convention and 
the laws of war were drawn up to ensure that such things should never happen 
again. But torture is back in fashion, it seems; in the face of the 
terrorist threat, we are told, a little refined torture is a good thing. 
Nothing excessive; 'sterilised needles' under the finger nails.

Index argues that torture is indivisible. Thou shalt not.

Stanley Cohen unpicks the new arguments that favour a return to torture

Caroline Moorehead says torture is endemic in Egypt - even to the point of 
torturers for hire

Jessica Gunhammar discusses rape as torture

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Conor Gearty says the case for a little gentle torture has acquired some new 

Nigel Rodley, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture on the US and 
international law

Andrew Graham-Yooll looks back at the time of the disappearances in Argentina

Ariel Dorfman looks at the long slow fuse of evil in Chile

Ronald Crelinston on how to make a torturer

Tom Fawthrop on confessions from Cambodia

Craig Murray on Uzbekistan.

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PUBL.- Danish Society for Central Asia Journal, Issue No. 1, July 2005

From: Danish Society for Central Asia <info(a)centralasien.dk>
Posted: 5 Jul 2005

PUBL.- Danish Society for Central Asia Journal, Issue No. 1, July 2005

Dear Central Asia enthusiasts,

The Editorial Board of The DSCA Journal would like to draw your attention to 
the first issue of this new e-journal published by the Danish Society for 
Central Asia.

Table of Contents:

Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz

 - Judith Beyer: "It Has to Start from Above: Making Politics Before and 
   After the March Revolution in Kyrgyzstan"
 - Claire Wilkinson: "The e-Revolution in Kyrgyzstan"
 - Marina Tolmacheva: "Writing Kyrgyz History: Historiography in the Year of 
   Kyrgyz Statehood"

The Paradisiacal Garden

Kristoffer Damgaard: "Tracing the Timurid Chahar Bagh"

Recent and Forthcoming Events in Danish Society for Central Asia

International Events

Recent Publications

You can download the Journal from the DSCA website: 
http://www.centralasien.dk for free.


Best regards,
The Editorial Board of The DSCA Journal

Danish Society for Central Asia / Centralasiatisk Selskab
E-mail: info(a)centralasien.dk
Web: http://www.centralasien.dk

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, June 29, 2005 Issue on Web

From: Svante Cornell <Svante.Cornell(a)east.uu.se>
Posted: 1 Jul 2005

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, June 29, 2005 Issue on Web


New Book:

"The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Oil Window to the West"
Edited by S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell
This 150-page book on the implications of the recently inaugurated BTC 
pipeline is freely available online with chapters covering strategic, 
economic, and environmental issues as well as specific chapters on BTC's 
importance for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

The 29 June issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is now online at 
http://www.cacianalyst.org. The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly 
publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins 

The CACI Analyst welcomes submissions of articles and field reports. At this 
moment, we are particularly interested in submissions on economics and 
finance matters in Central Asia and the Caucasus region, but all inquiries 
are welcome.  Please contact the Editor, Svante Cornell, at scornell(a)jhu.edu 
with a short description of your article idea. Editorial principles are 
online at http://www.cacianalyst.org/view_article.php?articleid=2063

The PDF version of the entire issue of the 29 June CACI Analyst is available 


The Analytical Articles include:

Moscow's North Caucasus Policy Backfires
Emil Pain
Vladimir Putin's main reform, the administrative reform, was justified by 
the same goals as the war in Chechnya: to preserve the integrity of the 
country and to suppress terrorism. The war was the impetus of the reform 
plan and provided legitimacy for it. The war also determined a top-down 
imposition of state power onto the regions of the North Caucasus and towards 
the suppression of national elites instead of seeking agreement with them. 
However, as the rapidly deteriorating situation in the North Caucasus shows, 
Moscow's policies have produced exactly the opposite of their intentions.

The Andijan Disturbances and Their Implications
John C.K. Daly
The events of May 12-13 in Andijan have exposed deep fissures between 
Washington's rhetoric and policy in the war against terror in Central Asia, 
plunging relations between Tashkent and Washington to their lowest level 
since 9/11. At issue is the very definition of terrorism ­ the Karimov 
government maintains that events in Andijan were planned by Hizb ut-Tahrir 
extremists, a group that Tashkent has been urging Washington for years to 
add to its list of terrorist organizations. Unless the volume and tone of 
the rhetoric can be dampened, it seems likely that reaction to the events in 
the Ferghana valley will have a lasting and negative impact on U.S.-Uzbek 

Salafi-Jihadists Geopolitical Perspective of Central Asia
Murad Batal Al-Shishani
Geopolitics has revived as a chief theoretical perspective to understanding 
international relations. Both vintage approaches such as Mackinder's 
Heartland theory, and newer ones including Zbigniew Brzezinski's "Grand 
Chessboard" discuss the importance of the Central Eurasian region in shaping 
international interests and policies. It is equally interesting to examine 
the significance attributed to Central Eurasia in the Salafi-Jihadist 
movement, with Al-Qaeda as its main feature (without confusing the movement 
with the organization), especially since the region has became one of the 
world's most important areas since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Central Asia's Challenging March Toward Democracy
Richard Weitz
The recent unrest in Uzbekistan does not necessarily mean that the 
democratic wave that has swept through Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan will 
soon liberate that country.  The triumph of democracy in Uzbekistan, as 
elsewhere, will require propitious local conditions. Unfortunately, the 
circumstances there are not entirely favorable. Even if a democratic 
political system arose, moreover, the United States and other Western 
countries would still face unpleasant policy challenges.  The West needs to 
develop strategies both to try to shape these developments in favorable ways 
and hedge against adverse outcomes.

The Field Reports Include:

Will Kazakhstan's Government Resign?
Marat Yermukanov
Since the beginning of the year the cabinet of ministers of Kazakhstan has 
cone under the fire of severe criticism for its poor performance not only 
from the opposition but also from the high-placed presidential entourage. 
There are many symptoms to suggest that the resignation of Danial Akhmetov's 
government of is only a matter of months.

Kyrgyzstan's Intention to Return Uzbek Refugees Causes Concern
Aijan Baltabaeva
On June 23, General Procurator Azimbek Beknazarov informed parliamentarians 
that his Office intended to return 29 Uzbek refugees ostensibly involved in 
criminal cases who escaped from Uzbek prison during the Andijan events. 
Beknazarov had not consulted with the office of the United Nations High 
Commission on Refugees in Bishkek before making the decision. UNHCR provided 
camps and facilitated the process for according the status of asylum seekers 
to Uzbek citizens ousted from Uzbekistan after Andijan. Beknazarov marked 
the transfer of refugees as an internal affair of Kyrgyzstan into which no 
one should interfere.

Turkmenistan and Ukraine Find a Common Deal on Gas Supplies
Chemen Durdiyeva
Last week, representatives of the Ukrainian National Oil and Gas Company 
"Naftogaz" arrived in Ashgabat for special talks with Turkmen counterparts 
on gas supplies to Ukraine.  Headed by Aleksei Grigoryevich, the committee 
held direct talks with President Niyazov and delivered the Ukrainian 
president Viktor Yushchenko's personal invitation for Turkmenbashi to visit 
Ukraine in September.  As negotiations on gas deals ended on Friday, June 
24, the results appeared to mark a major positive step after last year's 
rift over gas prices.

Tbilisi Mayor to Be Indirectly Elected
Kakha Jibladze
This week the Georgian parliament voted on the first hearing of amendments 
to elect the mayor of Tbilisi through the City Hall rather than through 
direct elections. This decision not only further strengthens the ruling 
party's hold on national politics and gives the opposition new ground to 
gain public support, but it undermines President Mikheil Saakashvili's 
repeated goal to establish democracy in Georgia.

PUBL.- Marlene Laruelle, The Aryan Myth in 19th-Century Russia (in French)

From: Marlene Laruelle <marlenelaruelle(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 27 Jun 2005

PUBL.- Marlene Laruelle, The Aryan Myth in 19th-Century Russia (in French)


Marlene Laruelle
The Aryan Myth and imperial dream in 19th-century Russia (in French)
Preface by Pierre-Andre Taguieff
Paris, CNRS-Edition, 2005, 223 p.

The Aryan myth, and the way it developed in Germany or France are part of 
the important issues that bare known about, but which have never been 
analysed in peripheral European spaces such as central Europe or Russia. It 
did, however, play an influential part in these regions and its study allows 
us to challenge certain core notions on which we often base our analysis and 
which centre far too much on western experience. In the case of Russia which 
is studied here, the Aryan idea has not undergone the political developments 
it experienced in Germany; it only kept loose bonds with anti-Semitism and 
did not serve as doctrinaire foundations for racialist theories or actions. 
Rather on the contrary, it lies within the scope of old scientific modes of 
discourse dating back to the 18h century, and seeks to bring in line the 
definition of national identity, the mythological conception of history and 
the emerging social sciences. The much sought-after Aryan identity therefore 
appeared much sooner in the scientific field than before being monopolized 
by the political side of things. It goes to show the extent of modernity 
going through a process of re-writing the past and of the invention of 
"tradition". This study contributes to a history of knowledge, of its 
diffusion and of the intellectual spheres which allow it to eventually 
become formal, in 19th century Russia.

The first chapter recounts in broad lines of the history of the Aryan myth. 
After a brief presentation of its French and German versions, it focuses on 
the position, which gave rise to a lot of debates in the West, held by 
Russian and/or slavish people among the Aryan world and the response of 
Russian scientists as they were being kept in the background. A cartography 
of the intellectual spheres involved in the matter helps measuring the 
marginal, or at least peripheral, aspect of aryanist science and its links 
with the domain of slavophilism's essayists. The different modes of 
affirmation of the Aryan nature, in Russia, evolving around the question of 
origins make up the second chapter. Romantics that they are, the Slavophil 
and panslavist Russians depict a national identity which sets the 
geographical proximity with the Scythian world as the utmost proof of their 
Aryanity.  The debates on Russian autochthonism (the Normand question, 
Mediterranean referent, origins of the State and of the people, conversion 
to Christianity of the country, etc.) and the question of the Aryans' 
original birthplace find a place in this gigantic cosmogony of the nation.

If such references to the Scythians are specific to Russia and maybe even to 
the Slavic world, the Russian Aryan myth also finds its root among more 
classical discourses relating to India (chapter 3). This latter offers the 
possibility of a linguistic interrogation over the links between slavish and 
Sanskrit languages.  It also offers a wide brand of cultural arguments to 
justify certain characteristics which were thought of as specifically 
Russian and, at the same time, inspire for a large part the renewal of 
religious mysticism and esotericism which came into fashion at the turn of 
the century, especially around the theosophist movement. The fourth chapter 
focuses on the position enjoyed by the Empire in the Russian aryanist 
discourse with a special stress on the trends which emerged in Russia 
starting from the 1870's and which blossomed until the Revolution. The 
tsarist progression both in Central Asia and in the Far East is therefore 
perceived as the inescapable political grouping of peoples which have been 
assimilated through different means to the great Aryan family: it is 
foretelling, on a messianic mode, the return of the Russians to their 
original Aryan homeland and consequently refuses any form of debate over the 
notion of "colonialism".

This work is an invitation to ponder over the relation which may exist 
between this formulation of Russian nationalism and that which existed 
during Soviet times, which, hopefully, will clear out several paths of 
reflection in order to understand the Soviet and the post-Soviet 20th 
century. It also contributes to the research on the phenomenon of European 
nationalism in the 19th century, on the history of the circulation of 
knowledge and the formation of university subjects. It also sheds some light 
over the fact that it is important for a western history of political and 
intellectual trends which often ignores Eastern Europe, to open up to Russia.

Marlene Laruelle, received her Ph.D. at the National Institute for Oriental 
Languages and Cultures (Paris). Her research in political philosophy 
involves the nationalist ideologies in the Russian area. She has published 
L'ideologie eurasiste russe ou Comment penser l'empire [Eurasianism: a 
Russian Imperial Ideology] in 1999 and, co-authored with Sebastien Peyrouse, 
Les Russes du Kazakhstan. Identites nationales et nouveaux Etats dans 
l'espace post-sovietique [Russians in Kazakhstan. National Identities and 
New States in the Post-Soviet Space] in 2004.

E-mail: marlenelaruelle(a)yahoo.com

Table of Contents:


Chapitre I.
Jeux De Miroir Transeuropeens Autour Du Mythe Aryen
1. Echanges franco-germano-russes au prisme du mythe aryen
2. La reception russe de l'aryanisme occidental

Chapitre II.
Les Theories Autochtonistes. La Scythie, Berceau Originel Des Slaves
1. La reference europeenne: questions normande et ukrainienne
2. Enjeux et theories de l'autochtonisme antiquisant
3. Le mythe fondateur: l'histoire universelle selon Khomiakov
4. Des peuples de la steppes aux Slaves, une lignee ininterrompue

Chapitre III.
Le Referent Indien: De L'Usage Identitaire Des Arguments Linguistiques, 
Culturels Et Religieux
1. La proximite slave-sanscrit: la linguistique instrumentalisee
2. Les enjeux du parallele culturel entre Inde et Russie
3. Le spiritualisme russe fin de siecle et ses sous-entendus aryanistes

Chapitre IV.
L'Avancee Imperiale Russe En Asie: Le Retour Tant Attendu Aux Sources Aryennes
1. La Reconquista aryenne de la Siberie et du Turkestan
2. Ebauche d'une mythologie imperiale : le "tsar blanc" en Extreme-Orient
3. Esper E. Oukhtomski, theoricien de l'aryanisme asiatique
4. La science au service du politique : le Cercle d'amateurs d'archeologie 
   du Turkestan


PUBL.- Glenn R. Mack, Food Culture in Russia and Central Asia

From: "Glenn R. Mack" <grmack(a)mail.utexas.edu>
Posted: 23 Jun 2005

PUBL.- Glenn R. Mack, Food Culture in Russia and Central Asia

New from Greenwood Publishers:

Food Culture in Russia and Central Asia

Glenn R. Mack and Asele Surina

The diversity of food cultures within the former Soviet Union, with more 
than 100 distinct nationalities, is overwhelming, but "Food Culture in 
Russia and Central Asia" distills the main elements of contemporary cuisine 
and food-related customs for scholars, students, and food professionals.  
Vibrant descriptions of the legacy of the Silk Road; the classic foods such 
as kasha, pirogi, non (flatbread), pickles, and shashlyk (shish kebab); the 
over-the-top Moscow theme restaurants; and meals at the dacha and tea time 
are just some of the highlights.

After centuries of contact and conflict among peoples of Eurasia, Russian 
and Central Asian cuisines and culinary cultures have much in common. To 
understand one, the other must be considered as well. Russia and Central 
Asia cuisines share many ingredients, dishes, and customs. This volume 
strives to emphasize the evolving and multifaceted nature of the food 
cultures. Readers will be able to appreciate the ingredients, cooking 
methods, and traditions that make up the Eurasian foodways.

GLENN R. MACK is a food historian. After seven years in with Time Magazine 
in Moscow and New York, Glenn left journalism for culinary research on the 
Silk Road. His travels took him to all the Central Asian nations, as well as 
several trips to Xinjiang, China.

ASELE SURINA is a Russian native and graduated from Moscow State University 
with a Master's degree in Journalism. Since 1999 she has worked at the 
Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Texas, responsible 
for joint projects with an archaeological museum in Crimea, Ukraine.

For an interview contact Glenn Mack at grmack(a)mail.utexas.edu.

Greenwood Press
June 2005
260 pages, map; photos
Hardcover ISBN: 0-313-32773-4 Price: $49.95 or £28.99

For additional information contact:


PUBL.- Nicholas B. Breyfogle, Forging Russia's Empire in the South Caucasus

From: Jonathan Hall <jlh98(a)cornell.edu>
Posted: 22 Jun 2005

PUBL.- Nicholas B. Breyfogle, Forging Russia's Empire in the South Caucasus

New from Cornell University Press:

Heretics and Colonizers - Forging Russia's Empire in the South Caucasus

Nicholas B. Breyfogle

In Heretics and Colonizers, Nicholas B. Breyfogle explores the dynamic 
intersection of Russian borderland colonization and popular religious 
culture. He reconstructs the story of the religious sectarians (Dukhobors, 
Molokans, and Subbotniks) who settled, either voluntarily or by force, in 
the newly conquered lands of Transcaucasia in the nineteenth century. By 
ordering this migration in 1830, Nicholas I attempted at once to cleanse 
Russian Orthodoxy of heresies and to populate the newly annexed lands with 
ethnic Slavs who would shoulder the burden of imperial construction.

Breyfogle focuses throughout on the lives of the peasant settlers, their 
interactions with the peoples and environment of the South Caucasus, and 
their evolving relations with Russian state power. Breyfogle draws on a wide 
variety of archival sources, including a large collection of previously 
unexamined letters, memoirs, and other documents produced by the sectarians 
that allow him unprecedented insight into the experiences of colonization 
and religious life. Although the settlers suffered greatly in their early 
years in hostile surroundings, they in time proved to be not only model 
Russian colonists but also among the most prosperous of the Empire's 
peasants. Banished to the empire's periphery, the sectarians ironically came 
to play indispensable roles in the tsarist imperial agenda.

The book culminates with the dramatic events of the Dukhobor pacifist 
rebellion, a movement that shocked the tsarist government and received 
international attention. In the early twentieth century, as the Russian 
state sought to replace the sectarians with Orthodox settlers, thousands of 
Molokans and Dukhobors immigrated to North America, where their descendants 
remain to this day.

Nicholas B. Breyfogle is Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State 
University. For an interview contact Professor Breyfogle at 614-292-3560 or 

Cornell University Press
July 2005
347 pages
Cloth ISBN: 0-8014-4242-7 * Price: $49.95 or £27.50

For additional information contact:

Jonathan Hall
Tel: 607-277-2338 x252
E-mail: JLH98(a)cornell.edu

Cornell University Press
Sage House, 512 East State Street
Ithaca, New York 14850

PUBL.- Archaeologia Bulgarica Issues IX, 2005/1, 2

From: Lyudmil Vagalinski <lvagalin(a)mail.techno-link.com>
Posted: 22 Jun 2005

PUBL.- Archaeologia Bulgarica Issues IX, 2005/1, 2

Issues IX, 2005/1, 2 of Archaeologia Bulgarica have been printed. Their 
contents follow below.

L.F. Vagalinski, Editor
E-mail: lvagalin(a)mail.techno-link.com

Web: http://www.techno-link.com/clients/lvagalin/index.html (ArchBulg)

Archaeologia Bulgarica IX, 2005/1


Gurova, M.: Elements de faucilles neolithiques en silex de la Bulgarie: 
evidence et contexte

Kitov, G.: New Discoveries in the Thracian Tomb with Frescoes by Alexandrovo

Sharankov, N.: A Greek Graffito in the Thracian Tomb near Alexandrovo

Popova, T.: Archeobotanic Data about the Origin of the Fruit Trees on the 
Territory of Bulgaria. A View of the Past

Tsarov, I.: The Location of Emporium Piretensium

Biernacki, A.: A City of Christians: Novae in the 5th and 6th C AD

Pletnyov, V.: Buckles with Animal Images from North-east Bulgaria (9th 10th 


Bilde, G.P./ Hojte, J.M./ Stolba, V.F. (eds.): The Cauldron of Ariantas. 
Black Sea Studies I. Aarhus University Press 2003. (Damyanov, M.)

Ferjancic, S.: Naseljavanje legijskih veterana u Balkanskim provincijama 
I-III vek n.e. [Settlement of Legionary Veterans in Balkan Provinces I-III C 
AD]. Belgrade 2002. (Sharankov, N.)

Conrad, S.: Die Grabstelen aus Moesia Inferior. Untersuchungen zu 
Chronologie, Typologie und Ikonografie. Leipzig 2004. (Ivanov, M.)

Lilchik, V.: Macedonian Stone for Gods, Christians and Afterlife. Vol. I-II. 
Ancient Architectural Stone Sculpture in Republic of Macedonia]. Skopje 
2001-2002. (Stoyanova, D.)

Genceva, E.: Les fibules romaines de Bulgarie de la fin du Ier s.av.J.-C. a 
la fin du VIe s.ap.J.-C. Sofia 2004. (Feugere, M.)

Archaeologia Bulgarica IX, 2005/2


Zlateva-Uzunova, R./ Kurchatov, V. Late eneolithic stone assemblage from 
site Adata, South Bulgaria

Vasic, R. Triballi once again

Keenleyside, A./Panayotova, K. A bioarchaeological study of the Greek 
colonial population of Apollonia Pontica

Kitov, G. The newly discovered tomb of the Thracian ruler Seuthes III

Sharankov, N. Statue-bases with honorific inscriptions from Philippopolis

Ivanov, M. A Late Roman bronze belt-decoration from Serdica

Masov, S./Ganetzovski, G./Luka, K. Spaetantike Kirche und mittelalterliche 
Nekropole bei dem Dorf Ocin Dol, Bezirk Mezdra, Nordwestbulgarien

Dentschewa, E. (I H I N I N I h V I L P I D H I N I h V I L P N (oder die 
Botschaft eines Schwertes aus der Zeit des Koenigreichs der Langobarden (?)


David, W.: Studien zu Ornamentik und Datierung der bronzezeitlichen 
Depotfundgruppe Hajdusamson-Apa-Ighiel-Zajta. Alba Iulia 2002 (Alexandrov, S.)

Oppermann, M. : Die Westpontische Poleis und ihr indigenes Umfeld in 
vorroemischer Zeit. Langenweissbach 2004 (Petrova, A.)

Hannestad, l./Stolba, V./Sceglov, A. (Hrsgg.): Panskoye I. Vol. 1. The 
monumental building U6. Archaeological investigations in Western Crimea. 
Aarhus 2002 (Conrad, S.)

PUBL.- Books on Central Asia, Marijana Dworski Books

From: "O'Donoghue & Dworski Booksellers" <zen77811(a)zen.co.uk>
Posted: 21 Jun 2005

PUBL.- Books on Central Asia, Marijana Dworski Books

We have recently acquired books on the history, culture and languages of the 
Central Asian Republics from the library of Geoffrey Wheeler and the Central 
Asian Research Centre in London.

See our web pages www.dworskibooks.net.

Categories: Central Asia, Uralic and Altaic, Russian History.

Marijana Dworski Books
PO Box 163
Hay on Wye
United Kingdom
Tel: (+44) 01497820200

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, June 15, 2005 Issue on Web

From: Svante Cornell <Svante.Cornell(a)east.uu.se>
Posted: 20 Jun 2005

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, June 15, 2005 Issue on Web


New Book:

"The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Oil Window to the West"
Edited by S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell
This 150-page book on the implications of the recently inaugurated BTC 
pipeline is freely available online with chapters covering strategic, 
economic, and environmental issues as well as specific chapters on BTC's 
importance for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

The 15 June issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is now online at 
http://www.cacianalyst.org. The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly 
publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins 

The CACI Analyst welcomes submissions of articles and field reports. At this 
moment, we are particularly interested in submissions on economics and 
finance matters in Central Asia and the Caucasus region, but all inquiries 
are welcome.  Please contact the Editor, Svante Cornell, at scornell(a)jhu.edu 
with a short description of your article idea. Editorial principles are 
online at http://www.cacianalyst.org/view_article.php?articleid=2063

The PDF version of the entire issue of the 15 June CACI Analyst is available 


The Analytical Articles include:

New Turns in Chinese Policy towards Central Asia
Stephen Blank
Although observers of Central Asian affairs have recently focused on the 
debacle in Andijon and before that on Kyrgyzstan's revolution, profound 
geostrategic changes, partly influenced by these events, are also occurring, 
but with much less fanfare or analysis.  For example, China's newest moves 
in Central Asia reflect not just its rising capability, long-standing desire 
to suppress any possible external support for insurgents in Xinjiang, 
long-held great power ambitions, or rising hunger for energy, but also the 
impact of  those events.  The intersection of these events upon China's 
recent policy initiatives reveal several new departures in Beijing's foreign 
policies toward Central Asia. Taken together, these initiatives suggest 
interesting possibilities and the steadily growing importance of this area 
for Beijing and for its interlocutors.

Iran Launches Two Caspian Initiatives
Hooman Peimani
On June 8 Iran made two announcements of long-term economic and political 
significance for the Caspian region. Tehran proposed to delegate oil and gas 
exploration of its potential Caspian Sea reserves to Russian corporations, a 
deal capable of boasting those corporations' regional and international 
status.  Secondly, Iran offered to conclude 25-year swap deals with Russian 
companies enabling them to export a large amount of Caspian oil from Iran's 
Persian Gulf ports without major investments.  These projects will boost 
expanding Iranian-Russian relations, and the swap deal could help Iran and 
Russia to reduce the expanding American economic and political influence in 
the Caspian region by challenging the long-term viability of the 
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline (BTC).

Human Trafficking Won't Go Away in Georgia
Tamar Mikadze
Human trafficking still remains a problem in Georgia, while the government's 
efforts to fight trafficking are scarce and ineffective. Two presidential 
decrees, the first issued by President Shevardnadze, the Action Plan to 
Combat Trafficking in 2003-2005, and the second one signed by President 
Saakashvili, the National Plan to Combat Trafficking for 2005-2006, were to 
date largely unproductive. Human trafficking still remains a problem in 
Georgia and the government's efforts are scarce and ineffective. The 
Georgian government has not been willing or able to redirect its attention 
from façade actions to investigating the issue in order to designing and 
enacting effective policies to counter human trafficking for combating human 
trafficking. Though Georgia managed to escape its 2003 Teir-3 rating by the 
State Department, it is now back on the watch list, indicating serious steps 
need to be undertaken.

After the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Looking Ahead
Svante E. Cornell and Mamuka Tsereteli
The building an inauguration of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline 
constitutes a strategic milestone in post-Soviet Eurasia, and is in this 
sense a reason to celebrate. The pipeline will have major implications for 
the South Caucasus, especially as regards its role in European and World 
Politics. But BTC's coming online is no reason for complacency. Quite to the 
contrary, it heralds a new stage in Caspian energy development. 
Specifically, it brings to the agenda the issue of disputed oil fields in 
the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian, and even more importantly, the future 
export routes of Kazakhstan's giant Kashagan field.

The Field Reports Include:

Pro-Presidential Forces in Kazakhstan Unleash Covered War on "Colored 
Marat Yermukanov
In their numerous public appearances and during trips abroad, state 
officials of Kazakhstan emphatically excluded the possibility of repetition 
of Georgian or Kyrgyz-style regime change in Kazakhstan. Nevertheless, the 
intensifying onslaught on independent media, opposition parties, and 
restriction of civic rights with the approach of 2006 presidential elections 
betray what lies behind the democratic rhetoric. 

Armenia Evaluates the Pros and Cons of the BTC Pipeline
Grigor Hakobyan
The opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline in Baku on May 25 
has provoked various discussions, criticism and analysis in Armenia from 
different levels of society. Different media outlets, government officials 
and political analysts offered their assessments of the impact that the BTC 
opening is going to have on Armenia and the extent that it may influence the 
position of Armenia, Azerbaijan and the OSCE co-chairs in the ongoing 
negotiation process over the unresolved Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict 
regarding Mountainous Karabakh.

Ruling and Opposition Parties in Azerbaijan Engage in a War of Demonstrations
Alman Mir Ismail
Although most of the members of the Parliament and the ruling party in 
Azerbaijan like to say that the "era of street rallies is over," both the 
opposition and the ruling parties have recently launched a war of 
demonstrations. After more than 19 months of prohibition of street rallies, 
the opposition parties Musavat, Democratic and Popular Front parties were 
finally allowed to organize a street demonstration on June 4. More than 
10,000 people attended the rally cheering for free and fair elections and 
democracy in the country.

Stockholm Conference on New Security Threats in Eurasia: Implications for 
the Euro-Atlantic Space
Emin Poljarevic
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program organized 
a two-day conference in Stockholm on "New Security Threats in Eurasia". The 
purpose of the conference was to discuss the combined Euro-Atlantic efforts 
that would examine and improve the region's capacity to address the emerging 
security problems.

PUBL.- Sergei Panarin, Ed., The People and Myths of Eurasia (in Russian)

From: Roman Ignatiev <actaeurasica(a)mail.ru>
Posted: 16 Jun 2005

PUBL.- Sergei Panarin, Ed., The People and Myths of Eurasia (in Russian)

The People and Myths of Eurasia
Compiled and edited by Sergei A. Panarin.
Ulaanbaatar, 2005. ­ 479 p. (in Russian).

The collection is composed of the articles that were published during 1996 ­ 
2002 in the independent academic journal of "Acta Eurasica". We consider 
Eurasia as a space, which is approximately equal to the territory of the 
Russian Imperia / Soviet Union. The parts of the book illustrate three 
variants of obvious and unobvious, perceived and unperceived "meetings" of 
the people and myths: at different epochs ­ at concrete time and place; in 
the specific light of relations between people and the state; in the process 
of myth creation, as well as the one being created by the authors and 
followers of the Eurasian ideology.

The book is intended for historians, ethnologists, social anthropologists, 
sociologists, and political scientists. It will be useful for humanitarian 
university teachers and students and it will attract much of intelligent 
readers' attention.

You can order the book "The people and myths of Eurasia". Please send your 
inquiries to:

Roman Ignatiev, actaeurasica(a)mail.ru

PUBL.- Alexei Yurchak, The Last Soviet Generation, Princeton University Press

From: "Princeton Univ. Press" <orders(a)cpfsinc.com>
Posted: 14 Jun 2005

PUBL.- Alexei Yurchak, The Last Soviet Generation, Princeton University Press

Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation
By Alexei Yurchak

Soviet socialism was based on paradoxes that were revealed by the peculiar 
experience of its collapse. To the people who lived in that system the 
collapse seemed both completely unexpected and completely unsurprising. At 
the moment of collapse it suddenly became obvious that Soviet life had 
always seemed simultaneously eternal and stagnating, vigorous and ailing, 
bleak and full of promise. Although these characteristics may appear 
mutually exclusive, in fact they were mutually constitutive. This book 
explores the paradoxes of Soviet life during the period of "late socialism" 
(1960s-1980s) through the eyes of the last Soviet generation.

Focusing on the major transformation of the 1950s at the level of discourse, 
ideology, language, and ritual, Alexei Yurchak traces the emergence of 
multiple unanticipated meanings, communities, relations, ideals, and 
pursuits that this transformation enabled. His historical, anthropological, 
and linguistic analysis draws on rich ethnographic material from Late 
Socialism and the post-Soviet period.

The model of Soviet socialism that emerges provides an alternative to binary 
accounts that describe that system as a dichotomy of official culture and 
unofficial culture, the state and the people, public self and private self, 
truth and lie--and ignore the crucial fact that, for many Soviet citizens, 
the fundamental values, ideals, and realities of socialism were genuinely 
important, although they routinely transgressed and reinterpreted the norms 
and rules of the socialist state.

Alexei Yurchak is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of 
California, Berkeley.

Paper, November 2005, $24.95 / £15.95, ISBN: 0-691-12117-6
Cloth, November 2005, $59.50 / £38.95, ISBN: 0-691-12116-8

336 pp., 6 x 9, 15 halftones. 3 line illus. 4 tables.

For more information or to order, go to:


PUBL.- Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 3, 2005

From: Murad Esenov <murad.esenov(a)worldmail.se>
Posted: 14 Jun 2005

PUBL.- Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 3, 2005

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to offer you the contents of No. 3 (33) of the "Central Asia 
and the Caucasus" journal (in English and Russian).  The issue will be 
published in late June.  For more details about the content of the articles 
and further information including how to subscribe please contact:

Murad Esenov
Central Asia and the Caucasus
Center for Social and Political Studies
Hubertusstigen 9
97455 Lulea
Tel.: (46) 70 232 16 55
Tel/Fax: (46) 920 620 16
E-mail: murad.esenov(a)worldmail.se
Web: http://www.ca-c.org

Central Asia and the Caucasus
Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 3 (33), 2005

In This Issue:

Revolution in Kyrgyzstan: While the Trail Is Still Warm

 - Zaynidin Kurmanov. The 2005 Parliamentary Elections in Kyrgyzstan and 
   Collapse of the Akaev Regime
 - Zurab Todua. Kyrgyzstan after Akaev: What happened and why, what next?

Regional Conflicts

 - Namig Aliev. Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Legal Aspects of a Settlement
 - Laura Bagdasarian. Karabakh Settlement Discourse: Enemy and Partner Images

Religion in the Sociopolitical Context of Central Asian and Caucasian Countries

 - Ibrahim Marziev. The Islamic Factor in the Northern Caucasus
 - Kanatbek Murzakhalilov, Kanybek Mamataliev, Omurzak Mamaiusupov. Islam in
   the Democratic Context of Kyrgyzstan: Comparative Analysis
 - Gulbaat Rtskhiladze. Religion and Conflict Potential in Georgia
 - Cholpon Chotaeva. The Ethnic and Religious Situation in Kyrgyzstan
 - Teymuraz Panjikidze. Religion in Georgia's Sociopolitical Life
 - Ruslan Kurbanov. Interaction between Power and Religion in Daghestan: 
   Experience, Errors, and Lessons

Energy Resources and Energy Policy

 - Daniel Linotte, Philip Reuchlin. Addressing Global Energy and Security 
 - Vladimir Saprykin. Iran as an Exporter of Natural Gas to the South 
   Caucasian Countries
 - David Preyger, Vladimir Omelchenko. Caspian Dilemma: How to Deliver Blue 
   Fuel to the European Market

Regional Politics

 - Rashid Abdullo. Tajikistan: the 2005 Elections and the Future of Statehood
 - Pikria Asanishvili, Avtandil Tukvadze. Georgia: Regional Stability in the 
   Transformed International System
 - Sergey Minasian. The Socioeconomic and Political Situation in Javakhetia

For Your Information:

The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:

Central Asia and the Caucasus

 - The Democratic Revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine and their Impact on 
   Central Asian and Caucasian Politics
 - Border Delimitation and Separatism
 - What Makes the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections in Central Asia 
   and the Caucasus Specific

If you are interested to go into more details about the content of the 
articles you may find all necessary information on our Internet home-page: 

CALL FOR ARTICLES- Danish Society for Central Asia Newsletter, July 2005

From: Danish Society for Central Asia <info(a)centralasien.dk>
Posted: 14 Jun 2005

CALL FOR ARTICLES- Danish Society for Central Asia Newsletter, July 2005

Call for Articles
DSCA Newsletter
Deadline: Sunday, June 26

As a part of the activities of the Danish Society for Central Asia (DSCA), 
we published the first issue of the DSCA Newsletter in April 2005. We wish 
to develop the concept of the newsletter to include a short collection of 
articles of general interest to our readers. Currently, more than 1.000 
people subscribe to the newsletter, and the list is growing by the day. The 
aim of the newsletter is to disseminate relevant, popular and new 
information and knowledge on Central Asia to both scholars and laymen with 
an interest in the region.

We welcome articles on topics such as Central Asian history, language, 
culture, religion, art, music, architecture, economy, geography, nature, 
archaeology and environment, as well as contemporary social, political, 
security, and ethnic issues for the forthcoming issue of the DSCA 
Newsletter. The area covered by the Society primarily includes Afghanistan, 
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan; the 
province Xinjiang of China; and the northern provinces of Pakistan. Areas 
adjacent to Central Asia can also be treated, particularly if the topic of 
the article is important to the region as a whole. Due to the nature of the 
Newsletter, we do not limit the scope to a specific period in history. Thus, 
articles on prehistoric, ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary Central 
Asia are welcome. Polemical articles with arguments founded on a particular 
political or religious point of view will not be accepted unless they are 
based on scientific or theoretical groundwork.

Although we prefer new, unpublished work, the Editorial Board will also 
consider older material. Articles should generally be of common interest to 
academic researchers and Central Asia enthusiasts alike, and should 
therefore be written in uncomplicated English. The Editorial Board will also 
accept articles in Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian, preferably accompanied by 
a resume or abstract in English. Articles should generally be no more than 
5.000 words.

Due to the non-profit, non-governmental nature of the Danish Society for 
Central Asia, we will not be able to pay the contributors. There are, 
however, a number of memberships and prizes in our article competition - 
please refer to our new website http://www.centralasien.dk for more details 
from Wednesday, June 15.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday June 26. If you are interested in 
contributing, please mail us a short description of the topic of your 
article as soon as possible (info(a)centralasien.dk). All contributions must 
be submitted in the form of a Microsoft Word document, and references should 
be given in footnotes. Please also attach a description of your background, 
affiliation, and contact details. The Editorial Board will decide which 
articles are to be published, and all contributors will be notified by 
e-mail around June 28.

Best regards,
Rasmus Elling (Chief Editor, DSCA Newsletter)

Danish Society for Central Asia / Centralasiatisk Selskab
E-mail: info(a)centralasien.dk
Web: http://www.centralasien.dk

PUBL.- F. Starr & S. Cornell, Eds., The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

From: Svante Cornell <Svante.Cornell(a)east.uu.se>
Posted: 13 Jun 2005

PUBL.- F. Starr & S. Cornell, Eds., The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and the Silk Road Studies Program are 
proud to announce the publication of "The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Oil 
Window to the West".

This timely edited volume was published in conjunction with the opening of 
the BTC pipeline in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 25, 2005. The book consists of 
seven chapters and 150 pages. Hard copies can be ordered at $15 including 
shipping and handling, at one of two addresses below. The entire volume is 
freely available online at http://www.silkroadstudies.org/BTC.htm


0. Contents and Contributor pages

1. The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: School of Modernity
   S. Frederick Starr

2. Geostrategic Implications of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline
   Svante E. Cornell, Mamuka Tsereteli and Vladimir Socor

3. Economic Implications of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline
   Jonathan Elkind

4. The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Implications for Azerbaijan
   Svante E. Cornell and Fariz Ismailzade

5. The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Implications for Georgia
   Vladimer Papava

6. The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Implications for Turkey
   Zeyno Baran

7. Environmental and Social Aspects of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline
   David Blatchford

This book is published by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road 
Studies Program, Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center. All rights 
reserved. The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and the Silk Road Studies 
Program constitute a single, joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center. 
The Center is independent and privately funded, and has offices in 
Washington, D.C., and Uppsala, Sweden. It is affiliated with the Paul H. 
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, 
and with the Department of East European Studies at Uppsala University.

To order hard copies, please send a check or money order of $15 payable to 
"The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute" as well as mailing information to one 
of the following addresses: (If unable to send a check or money order please 
contact one of the Center's offices or use the electronic version)

For the U.S., Canada and Latin America:

"BTC book"
c/o Andriy Proshschenko
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Johns Hopkins University-SAIS
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

For Europe and Asia:

"BTC book"
c/o Emin Poljarevic
Silk Road Studies Program
Uppsala University
Box 514, SE-75120 Uppsala University

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