Neglect is usually accompanied by either a dim light or no light whatsoever. Central Asia, until quite recently, was a part of the world known to only a few scholars of the obscure. Cold War opponents dropped their lukewarm interest in the area like a sack of hot coals. All of a sudden, this part of the world is being touted as terribly significant to everyone; America, Europe, Asia and all Muslim countries. This book presents important political and economic information valuable to learning more about the region.