By Peter Laurens (10/23/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Because of its wealth of hydrocarbon resources, Azerbaijan has for over a century been the object of some degree of foreign commercial interest. However, this foreign interest increased markedly since the reestablishment of the country's political independence a decade ago. Azerbaijan is now emerging as a focal point for a new initiative, led chiefly by the U.
By Kemal Kaya (11/6/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: The early elections of November 3 were an electoral revolution. The AKP, which the establishment had worked hard to alienate and suppress, won 34.1% of the vote and captured 363 of the parliament's 550 seats.
By Andrew Holden (11/6/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: The MMA captured 19% of the seats in the National Assembly and a controlling majority of the Provincial Assembly of the Northwest Frontier Province, and became the largest party in Baluchistan. This is a major electoral progress for religious parties that traditionally remained on the fringes of politics. A first reason for this success is that the various religious parties of the country for the first time consolidated into an electoral alliance.
By Stephen Blank (11/6/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: The Chechen terrorist seizure of a Moscow theater on October 23-24 clearly represented their despair over the course of the war. But more importantly, it was strategically misconceived for many reasons. First, it seemingly confirmed the constant Russian charges that the war is just another operation in the global campaign against international terrorism.
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