New Publications & Resources

"State of the Field Report: Energy and Politics in Central Asia and the Caucasus" by Laurent Ruseckas. AccessAsia Review: Energy & Politics, Central Asia/Caucasus (vol. 1, no. 2, July 1998) Seattle, The National Bureau of Asian Research.

Explores recent debates about the political and economic implications of energy development in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Details the shortcomings of a purely geopolitical approach and notes analyses that incorporate an understanding of the commercial aspects of Caspian energy development. Identifies two key questions on the research agenda for Caspian energy: (1) Is energy development making conflict more or less likely in the region? (2) How will energy wealth impact domestic political and economic development? Complete text available on-line at:

"China’s Intentions for Russian and Central Asian Oil and Gas", Gaye Christoffersen (NBR Analysis, vol. 9, no. 2, March 1998) Seattle, The National Bureau of Asian Research, 1998, x + 29 pp.

Analyzes the activities of Chinese energy companies in Russia and Central Asia in the context of China’s evolving policies concerning energy security. Addresses the challenges and benefits for U.S. corporate and government policymakers. The author is an independent consultant in Honolulu.

"Treacherous Terrain: The Political and Security Dimensions of Energy Development in the Caspian Sea Zone", Rajan Menon (NBR Analysis, vol.9, no. 1, February 1998) Seattle, The National Bureau of Asian Research, 1998, x + 38 pp.

Analyzes the interplay between political and security issues and the development of energy resources in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Includes map of existing and proposed pipeline routes; appendix of major consortia and contracts. The author is professor of international relations at Lehigh University and adjunct professor at Columbia University.

To obtain a copy of either publication, contact:

Bruce Acker, Codirector, Eurasia Policy Studies
The National Bureau of Asian Research
4518 University Way NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98105, USA
tel.: (206) 632-7370
fax: (206) 632-7487

A valuable electronic resource for teaching is the Cities/Buildings Archive, created by Prof. Meredith Clausen at the University of Washington (Seattle). It contains a significant world-wide collection of high-quality images, including already very extensive material for Russia and former Soviet Central Asia. The photographs include panoramas, individual buildings often with details of decorative elements, street scenes, markets, public monuments, and selected interior decoration such as mosaics or frescoes. Each image is accompanied by short descriptors; eventually there may be fuller information.

The indexing is alphabetical by country>city/location, and under each location images are grouped by building or descriptive detail. Once you have selected the country from the index, the Edit>Find command in your browser allows keyword searchng to locate a specific town or building. Englished versions of names are the norm, but you may need to try variant spellings. Editing of the index for consistency of identifications is an ongoing process; eventually original language/non-Latin-alphabet identifications may be added. A more sophisticated interface for the material is under development.

To date the most extensive files are for Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, Pskov, Vladimir, Suzdal, and several other historic Russian cities; in Central Asia, for Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara. More material relevant to REECAS interests is in process, including Prague, some Poland, former Yugoslavia (including Kosovo), Istanbul and some other Turkish cities, Xinjiang (esp. Kashgar), some Caucasus, and various cities and monasteries of the Russian north. Photographs from Prof. Waugh’s recent stay in China (described in a separate article in this issue) should be available in the archive soon. Contributions are welcome, especially modern material, which is underrepresented.

For information or to make suggestions, contact:

Profeesor Meredith Clausen:
or Daniel Waugh:
Prof. Clausen would be particularly interested in your comments on how you might be using the archive, since that information can help her obtain the support necessary to continue its development.