Energy: A new great game over Central Asia

Map showing the proposed Nabucco pipeline route to Austria (image:dpa)
Map showing the proposed Nabucco pipeline route to Austria (image:dpa)

Central Asia has become the ultimate prize in a tactical game played between several major nations and Russia, which echoes the tensions and tussles of past empires for this energy rich area, says GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund.

RUSSIAN and British empires have historically fought for control of Central Asia, a politically and economically strategic region. Here overland trade routes crisscrossed from China in the east, Europe in the west and Russia in the north.

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Over the course of the nineteenth century, the two countries’ posturing over Central Asia became known as the Great Game.

But during most of the twentieth...

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