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The five independent states of Central Asia that
emerged after the dissolution of the Soviet Union are being courted and
pressured by the globe’s key powers in a contemporary version of the 19th
century’s Great Game in the region – this time over their vast energy resources.
Russia was once a military superpower. It now strives instead to be an energy superpower and at its heart is one of the world’s largest companies – Gazprom. In the post-Soviet era, Gazprom has enjoyed preferential treatment from the Kremlin and wielded huge influence over neighbouring countries. As the role of oil declines, and that of gas increases, the financi...
Professor Stefan Hedlund