Sievers draws on his experience of Central Asia to take on the task of explaining the remarkable economic declines of the post-Soviet Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) in the past decade, and the turn of these states towards despotism.
Introduction: Central Asia in Transition - The Capital of Sustainable Development 1. Natural Capital: The Central Asian Human and Natural Environment 2. Human Capital: Health, Education and Science in Central Asia 3. Formal Organizational Capital: Governments and Markets 4. Social Capital: Civil Society and Solidarity 5. International Environmentral Regimes and International Environmentral Law 6. Case Studies: Internationalizing the Central Asian Environment Conclusions: Prospects for Sustainable Development in Central Asia