Accession Number : ADA441586


Title :   Tajikistan: POL/MIL Informed Questions


Corporate Author : NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Rogers, Daniel S.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA441586


Report Date : 2003


Pagination or Media Count : 16


Abstract : Tajikistan was one of the few former Soviet republics that endured a violent civil war after the Soviet collapse. Tajikistan's political, economic and social structure was devastated by the war. Deaths were estimated at 50, 000 and refugees estimated at 500, 000. Tajikistan's economy, in 2001, was determined to be half the size it was a decade ago. Yet, in 2003, Tajikistan has the only parliamentary government in Central Asia that functions with inclusion of the minority representation from both an Islamic party and a secular democratic party. The events of 11 September 1991 put Tajikistan center stage in the United States' Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) because of its geostrategic location to Afghanistan. However, this fact did not alleviate the challenges that face the people and government of Tajikistan in their struggle to build the economy and solidify the peace. Historical Tajikistan is at the geographic and cultural crossroads of Central Asia. Will Tajikistan progress under its pluralistic government? Or will present Great Power interest from the United States and Russia wane letting Tajikistan regress into political and economic turmoil?


Descriptors :   *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , *ECONOMICS , *DEMOCRACY , USSR , RUSSIA , SOCIAL SCIENCES , CIVIL DISTURBANCES , COLLAPSE , ASIA , WARFARE , UNITED STATES


Subject Categories : ECONOMICS AND COST ANALYSIS
      GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL SCIENCE


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE