The Uzbeks and the Tajiks
27 September 2017
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GIS Dossier: A new Great Game in Central Asia
The five independent states of Central Asia that emerged after the dissolution of the Soviet Union are being courted and pressured by the globe’s key powers in a contemporary version of the 19th century’s Great Game in the region – this time over their vast energy resources.
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