By Dr. Robert M. Cutler (3/15/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Gas sales represent about two-fifths of the Turkmenistans total exports. These exports increased by two-thirds in the first half of 1999, from 13.3 in the first half of 1998 to 22.
By Gulsara Osorova (3/15/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: According to the new Parliamentary Election Code of the Kyrgyz Republic, fifteen seats from a total of sixty are allocated to political parties and movements in the Legislative Assembly. At least 5% of the votes must be won in order to get a seat. The remaining forty-five seats in the Legislative Assembly are allocated to members of the Assembly of Peoples Representatives.
By Dr. Theodore Karasik (3/15/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: An important building block of Chechen combat capabilities are Chechen social structures that consist of tribal/clan formations divided between low-land inhabitants and the mountaineers. When threatened by outside forces Chechens have traditionally used intertribal fusion to confront invaders. Indeed, the Chechens have been in their present geographical area for hundreds of generations and are fiercely independent.
By Richard Dion (3/29/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Each of the Central Asian states perceives national security threats from other states in the region. Kazakhstan fears the threat of militant Islam and terrorism from Tajikistan. Kazakhstan is also currently engaged in a rather bitter border dispute with Uzbekistan.
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