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A Diplomatic History of the Caspian Sea: Treaties Diaries and Other Stories.

By Guivev Mirfendereski published by Palgrave ISBN 0 312 24005 8 price 35.00 hardback

In a series of short stories that both inform and amuse, the author transports the reader to the windswept shores of the Caspian Sea and provides a provocative glimpse of the wars, reconciliation's, intrigues, and betrayals that have shaped the political geography of this region from the 1720s to the present. With the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991-1992 and the dismantling of the Soviet-Iranian regime of the sea, the Caspian littoral is facing new challenges as the regional actors and outside players seek to exploit the area's enormous oil and gas resources. This book explores the historical backdrop to the more immediate and familiar discussions of petroleum, pipelines, security issues, and ethnic conflicts that one encounters in contemporary works on the region.

This is a must read for any serious analyst of this area and for policymakers because it provides an important historical framework for projecting possible outcomes as this struggle plays itself out in the future.
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Author:Rhodes, Fred
Publication:The Middle East
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:May 1, 2002
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