IN 1991 THE FIVE SOVIET REPUBLICS of Central Asia -- Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan -- were faced for the first time with the prospect of existence as independent states.
According to government rhetoric, market reforms and expanding international trade will make the nation prosperous -- beginning in 1995, an improved human rights record and more favorable investment conditions supplemented the country's political stability in attracting foreign trade and fostering at least the beginning of democratic institutions.
Edited by Glenn E. Curtis. 4th of a six-volume subseries covering all the post-Soviet States. Brings new information about a region of enhanced relevance in the world's economy and geopolitical structure. Provides a context for the current evaluations with descriptions of the historical, political, and social backgrounds of these five countries in Central Asia. For each country, the authors provide: historical background; the society and its environment; the economy; government and politics; and national security.
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