The economic, political, and international profile of Central Asia has been the subject of much speculation since the region emerged from under the Soviet banner. This book offers systematic, informed analysis of developments in the newest of emerging market regions by a team of international experts, including leading in-country specialists. After an astute survey of political regimes by Umirserik Kasenov, Boris Rumer and Stanislav Zhukov present a comprehensive analysis of economic development and integrated issues. In the final four chapters, focused attention is devoted to foreign investment and trade questions and the most critical challenges confronting the two largest states, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
1. Introduction, Boris Rumer and Stanislav Zhukov. I. Central Asia on the Eve of the Twenty-First Century. 2. The Geo-economic Significance of Central Asia, Boris Rumer and Stanislav Zhukov. 3. Post-Soviet Modernization in Central Asia: Realities and prospects, Umirserik Kasenov. II. Economic Performance, Boris Rumer and Stanislav Zhukov. 4. Broader Parameters: Development in the Twentieth Century. 5. Structural Changes. 6. Economic Integration in Central Asia: Problems and Prospects. 7. Between Two Gravitational Pulls; Russia and China. III. External Dynamics: Foreign Trade. 8. Kazakhstan: Foreign Trade Policy, Markhamat Khasanova. 9. Uzbekistan: Foreign Economic Activity, Eshref Trushin. IV. Critical Economic Issues. 10. Kazakhstan: The Prospects and Perils of Foreign Investment, Arystan Esentugelov. 11. Uzbekistan: Problems of Development and Reform in Agriculture, Eskender Trushin