Caspian: Status, Challenges, and Prospects. An Analysis into the Legal Classification, Security and Environmental Concerns, Geopolitics and Energy Flow Impact of the Caspian Plateau


Dr. Anis Bajrektarevic (Author) – Institute for Modern Political History Analysis, Sofia, Bulgaria
Tanvi Kamlesh Chauhan (Author)
Mak Bajrekatarevic (Author)

Series: Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: SCI052000

How has the world’s largest inland body of salty water escaped economic and political notice for so long? The Caspian Basin is an underexplored topic with scarce literature on its geomorphology, legal disputes, pipeline diplomacy, energy deposits, and environmental concerns.
As such, the authors take a comprehensive approach in presenting an all-encompassing study on this unique geographical region. Readers will not only acquire basic knowledge of how Caspian states and other foreign actors interact, but also learn about related issues in the greater Eurasian/global environment, including territorial concerns, environmental issues, pipeline politics, energy reserves, and so on.
Any reader who wants to familiarize themselves with this region will benefit from this book. Not only will this body of work lessen the dearth of information on this region for Caspian riparian states and other affiliated bodies, but it will also generate an altogether new expanse of scholarly conversation and international research.



Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables



Chapter 1. A Profile of the Caspian Basin

Chapter 2. Legal Classification

Chapter 3. Security Concerns

Chapter 4. Country Profile of Caspian States/Geopolitics of States

Chapter 5. Geo-Economics and Energy Dynamics of the Region





“ARTNeT secretariat is pleased to see how our initial invitation to Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic to present at the ARTNeT Seminar Series in 2015 evolved. The talk was initially published as a working paper for ARTNeT (AWP 149). Now Prof. Bajrektarevic, in collaboration with another two co-authors, offers a comprehensive study on a nexus of legal, security, and environmental issues all emanating from and linked to energy cooperation (or lack thereof) in the subregion. This volume’s value extends beyond the education of readers on the Caspian Basin’s legal status (e.g., is it a sea or a lake?). It is just as relevant for those who want a more in-depth understanding of an interplay of economic, security, and political interest of players in the region and outside. With the global institutions increasingly less capable of dealing with rising geopolitics and geo-economic tensions, more clarity – even if only about some aspects of those problematic issues – should be appreciated. This volume offers such clarity.” -Mia Mikic, Director, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), ARTNeT coordinator

“A thoughtful, comprehensive, and balanced analysis of the complex interplay between geopolitics and geo-economics in Central Eurasia, and pivotal energy plateau – that of Caspian. We finally have an all-in reader that was otherwise chronically missing in international literature, which will hopefully reverse the trend of underreporting on such a prime world’s spot. Hence, this is a must-read book for those wondering about the future of one of the most dynamic and most promising regions of the world and what it could entail for both regional and external players.” -Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council

This book on the Caspian Region by Anis Bajrektarevic and his two co-authors, Tanvi Chauhan and Mak Bajrektarevic, is a comprehensive overview of Central Asian area. Its very title is comprehensive and fitting. This region’s pivotal place – practically in the heart of world’s largest continental landmass, that of Eurasia – is masterfully covered: Their instabilities, energy security, including pipelines, and economic interests are only some of the areas covered. It even addresses the important legal classification of the Caspian Basin, this world’s largest inland (landlocked) water plateau. For me, the book offers a wonderful learning experience, because we in the west (of my generation) learned little of the history and even geography of the various states and peoples making up the Soviet Union. Our interest and preoccupations focused primarily on geopolitical issues associated with the cold war between the Soviet Union and the West led by the United States.” -Honorable Donald J Johnston PC OC QC, Former Minister of the Canadian Government, Secretary General of the OECD (1996-2006)

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