Nuclear threats to the East. Terrorist concerns on the southern borders. Steadily increasing United States investments. Central Asia is crawling out of the shadows of Soviet domination to reveal a land finding its identity in fascinating times-emerging onto the global stage as a key region-confronting its past while preparing for the future.
Reuel Hanks, PhD, is associate professor of geography at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, and serves as the editor of the Journal of Central Asian Studies. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Uzbekistan.
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