The article describes the problematic relationship of Tajikistan with the other countries of post-Soviet Central Asia.  Each chapter deals with one of the most acute problems of these interstate relations: territorial disputes, ethnic issues, environmental problems, the struggle for leadership in the region, etc.  A special emphasis is given to the history of Tajikistan’s relations with each of the aforementioned countries since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The authors provide a set of detailed information and data concerning the most important interstate treaties, agreements and top level meetings.  So doing they manage to offer a broad picture of the recent evolution of the geopolitical situation in Central Asia, and to outline the most acute and sensitive issues of interstate relations.  One of the major points made by the authors is that Central Asian countries are often tackled by outside observers through the prism of their relations with leading superpowers, while interstate relations within the region remains underestimated though “it is the regional problems of the Central Asian republics that have largely determined their foreign policy.”  Albeit the article does not contain thorough analyses of global interstate relations, it can be used as a useful source of data for deeper insight and prognosis of the further development of the geopolitical situation in Central Asia.

Parviz Mullojanov, Public Committee for the Promotion of Democratic Processes, Dushanbe
CER: I-8.4.E-744