"In this notable book, Ismailov and Papava attempt at no less than a redefinition of the Caucasus as a geographic region, adopting a novel geo-economic approach. Aiming to redefine the region away from the Soviet era, they discuss in great detail the advantages of integrating the former Soviet Caucasus with neighboring regions of Turkey and Iran. Refreshingly unconventional, this book provides many new insights into the politics and economy of the Caucasus and its place in the world".

-Dr. Svante Cornell, Research Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS

"The two authors show, with tables, figures, and theoretical insight, the economic paths of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia since independence, and their prospects for integration into the global economy. Reconceptualizing the Caucasian economic space, they show how the Caucasian economies are linked to one another, to regional powers and associations, and to the broader global markets in Europe, Asia and the United States. They investigate the prospects for a common Caucasian regional economic space and looking at the Caucasian economies since independence, remind us that no economy can be isolated, not even small and peripheral economies like those in Caucasia. They illustrate the critical role the region is beginning to play in global energy markets and as a transport hub between Asia and Europe. This is the first book in English to explore the geo-economics of Caucasia. The authors should be commended for bringing together such detailed analysis and information into one book".

- Dr. Stephen F. Jones, Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Mount Holyoke College

"A book on geopolitical economy of the Central Caucasus provides a principally new vision of geo-political and geo-economic problems of the Caucasus. Proceeding from a new approach to the Caucasus regionalizations, the authors of the book have been successful in creating an original model of the involvement of Central Caucasian countries into globalization processes. The book raises many disputable issues and is informative enough to be of use not only for experts in the Caucasus but also a broader range of readers showing interest in the problems of the region".

- Dr. Akira Matsunaga, Professor of Eurasian Studies, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation


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