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  • In the Whirlwind of Jihadby Martha Brill Olcott

    Brookings Institution Press 2012; US$ 15.99

    In Uzbekistan, Central Asia's most populous country, Islam has been an ever-present factor in the lives of its people and a contentious force for political officials trying to build a secular and authoritarian government. In the Whirlwind of Jihad examines the intertwined and evolving relationships between religion, the state, and society in... more...

  • Kazakhstanby Martha Brill Olcott

    Brookings Institution Press 2010; US$ 18.99

    At the outset of independence 18 years ago, Kazakhstan's leaders promised that the country's rich natural resources, with oil and gas reserves among the largest in the world, would soon bring economic prosperity. It appeared that democracy was beginning to take hold in this newly independent state. Nearly two decades later, Kazakhstan has achieved... more...

  • Tajikistan's Difficult Development Pathby Martha Brill Olcott

    Brookings Institution Press 2012; US$ 15.99

    Tajikistan teeters on the brink of failure. This mountainous and landlocked country, the poorest in Central Asia, confronts the challenges of good governance and economic survival. These domestic struggles become even more problematic as international forces prepare to withdraw from neighboring Afghanistan, leaving Central Asian countries to ensure... more...

  • Central Asia's Second Chanceby Martha Brill Olcott

    Brookings Institution Press 2010; US$ 18.99

    A leading authority on Central Asia offers a sweeping review of the region's path from independence to the post-9/11 world. The first decade of Central Asian independence was disappointing for those who envisioned a straightforward transition from Soviet republics to independent states with market economies and democratic political systems. Leaders... more...

  • Russia After Communismby Anders Aslund; Martha Brill Olcott

    Brookings Institution Press 2013; US$ 12.99

    Five years have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and a new political and economic system has evolved in Russia. Russia After Communism provides an overall assessment of what has been accomplished and what has failed to date, and where Russia is heading. In a unique collaborative effort, the book features chapters on major issues... more...

  • Everyday Islam: Religion and Tradition in Rural Central Asiaby Sergei P. Poliakov; Martha Brill Olcott

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 52.95

    With a rapidly growing population, deteriorating economic and environmental conditions, and an unstable imperial centre, Soviet Central Asia would seem destined to become one of the world's trouble spots. Why then the apparent political quiet? This book argues that this perception is, in itself, a reflection of our ignorance of the region. Instead,... more...

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