Asia Europe Journal

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Is there any unity to the Trans-Caspian Region? The economic relations between Central Asia and the Caucasus

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Since the disappearance of the Soviet Union, the three states of South Caucasus or Trans-Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia) and the five of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan) have played up their role as intermediaries between Europe and Asia and have tried to constitute the Caspian as an entity. This new Trans-Caspian road obeys political and economic logics as the states of the South Caucasus along with those of Central Asia are interested in bypassing Russia and developing their bilateral relations to acquire new markets in Europe and in Asia. Despite the existence of sometimes divergent, sometimes convergent interests, and the non-negligible political and economic risks, none of the states of the South Caucasus, nor those of Central Asia, want to undermine the dynamic of Trans-Caspian rapprochement.


Railway Line Silk Road Trade Exchange Soviet Period Export Route 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Asia and Caucasus Institute, SAISJohns Hopkins University, Washington DC-the Institute for Security and Development PolicyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Central Asia and Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Nitze School of Advanced International StudiesJohns Hopkins UniversityWashingtonUSA

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