Introduction to Central Asia

Rob Kevlihan
Presented at the Centre for International Studies, Dublin City University, April 2006

Comprises five states of the former USSR including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan Strategically placed between Russia, China, Iran and Afghanistan Asian region that was formerly part of the Soviet Union

Population Characteristics
Uzbekistan the largest in population terms (26.85m, 45% of total Central Asian pop.), Kazakhstan (15.19m, 26%), Tajikistan (7.16m, 12%), Kyrgyzstan (5.15m, 9%) and Turkmenistan (4.95 million, 8%). Kazakhstan largest geographically Large concentration of population in the Ferghana valley split between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

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