The Caspian Sea: A Quest for Environmental Security

  • William Ascher
  • Natalia Mirovitskaya

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (ASEN2, volume 67)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Natalia Mirovitskaya, William Ascher
      Pages 1-10
  3. What is at Stake in the Caspian: Development versus Environment?

  4. Caspian Geopolitics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Bruce Kuniholm
      Pages 91-116
    3. Shireen T. Hunter
      Pages 117-123
    4. Alexander Rondeli
      Pages 125-134
  5. Law and Development

  6. The Role of Civil Society & Scientific Institutions

  7. Prospects of Effective International Cooperation

  8. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 355-364

About this book


This volume is based on the presentations and deliberations of an Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) "Caspian Sea: A Quest for Environmental Security" that was held on March 15-19, 1999, in Venice (Italy). The Workshop was sponsored by the NATO's Division for Scientific and Environmental Affairs, with additional support provided by the Trust for Mutual Understanding (USA). It was organized by Duke University's Center for International Development Research with the guidance of the International Committee of scientists from Russia, United States. Georgia and Italy and organizational assistance rendered by Venice International University. The Caspian Sea region is of profound importance from the perspective of global and regional environmental security. New geopolitical and economic circumstances have created a mixture of competition. reluctant collaboration, and legal, political, economic and ideological wrangling. There is an intense debate over how the Caspian and its resources should be divided among littoral states and how these resources are to be developed. While most littoral states and the international companies strive to develop the area's immense hydrocarbon potential, it is clear that the Caspian's unique and fragile ecosystem is at risk.


Governance Institution Management Nation assessment development environment politics

Editors and affiliations

  • William Ascher
    • 1
  • Natalia Mirovitskaya
    • 2
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for International Development Research, Terry Sanford Institute of Public PolicyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Universal HistoryRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-6219-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4032-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-1839
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