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Geopolitics of the New Silk Road. Authored by Dr.Rustam Mirzaev, general director of Sairam Tourism of Uzbekistan. // The Korea Post, December, 2005. – P.68-69. – (On the book by Rustam Mirzaev “Geopolitics of the new Silk Road”).

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Rustam Mirzaev foto Geopolitics of the New Silk Road (right photo) was recently written by General Director Dr, Rustam Mirzev of Sairam Tourism of Uzbekistan (left) and was published by by the Institute of Contemporary International Studies under Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Moscow Publishing house, Izvestiya. Book "Geopolitics of the New Silk Road"
Authored on Dr. Rustam Mirzaev, general director of Sairam Tourism of Uzbekistan
Geopolitics of the New Silk Road

   An interesting book was recently pub­lished in the Republic of Uzbekistan covering a 'new silk road of tourism' that links the eastern tip of China to the northern edge of German-as well as Uzbekistan which is situated in the center of the Euro-Asian tourist route.
   Entitled Geopolitics of the New Silk Road and authored by General Director Rustam Mirzev of Sairam Tourism of Uzbekistan, the 304-page book is originally in the Russian lan­guage, but is expected to be published in other languages including English.
   The book reviews the genesis and evolution of the ancient Great Silk Road, as well as mo­ tivating forces for its revival in the modern world, outlook for transport communications development between Central Asia, Russia, Western countries, and Eastern Asia in our globalizing world.
   Geopolitics of the New Silk Road gives a thorough analysis of common theories with re­ gard to political potentialities of multilateral economic cooperation under globalization conditions; exposes the process peculiarities of transport communications; presents complex evaluation of the Silk Road revival potential, required for integration of Central Asia states into the world economic system, and stimula­tion of their contacts with the countries of Eu­ rope and Asia-Pacific region, as well as for the establishment of mutually beneficial coopera­ tion between the countries of Central Asia.
   The author treats of the strategy on the Eurasian area of Russia, China, Japan, West­ ern countries, and also uniformity and differ­ ence of interests and viewpoints on the issue.
   It is the critics' opinion that the book by Rustam Mirzaev "Geopolitics of the new Silk

Road" is a fundamental research, which un­ doubtedly will attract the attention of large sections of readership who show interest in history and the present of the Great Silk Road-the unique phenomenon of human civi­ lization.
   The author of the book, Rustam Mirzaev (www.RustamMirzaev. com), is the graduate of the faculty of journalism of Moscow State University. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree in History and D. Sc. degree in political sciences. For many years he has been engaged in the tourism industry of Uzbekistan: he is the head of well-known tourist company "Sairam Tourism" ( and the Chairman of the Great Silk Road Tour Opera­ tors' Group (
   Georgia: Reconstruction of Hotel Iveria
   Hotel "Iveria" will be rebuilt into a 5-star hotel. The adjoining territory will be also re­ constructed. The leading Kazakhstan's "Turen-Alen" Bank plans to invest up to $ 100 million in this project. Moreover, the Kazakh investors are ready to assign means for the re­ construction of tourist facilities in Adjaria. The parties have already agreed on the construction of a golf-club and a 5-star hotel in the centre of Batumi.
   Armenia: Armavia interlines with Air Union
   National airlines of Armenia-"Armavia" Company signed a memorandum of under­ standing with Russian aircompany "Air Union". Cooperation between two air compa­nies will enable them to implement joint com­mercial policy in order to integrate their flight route network.
   Through sharing the transit lines of "Air Union" company the airlines of Armenia obtain

a wide access to the flight route network throughout the whole territory of Russia. The Russian partner, for his part, will be able to op­ erate in the markets of the Middle East.
   In addition, "Air Union" airliners flying long-distance destinations will be used by "Armavia" company for translatlantic flights.
   Azerbaijan: A new programme of recon­ struction and development of Motor ways of Azerbaijan
   A state programme on reconstruction and development of motor ways of Azerbaijan has been submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers of the country.
   The project provides for the construction of more than 8000 km of highways with 1000 km being the main line connecting Azerbaijan with international transport routes, specifically from north to south-rom the border with Rus­ sia via Baku and Alyat to Iran and towards Georgia.
   These are first category dual-dual highways to be built in conformity with the international standards. All the works will be completed within 3 years.
   Iran: Seven-day visa facilitates tourism entry to Iran:
   Iran has provided facilities to issue within one hour a 7-day visa for the inbound tourists arriving in Imam Khomeini and Mehrabad air­ ports in Tehran, as well as to the international airports in Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, and Tabriz.
   On submission of a ticket, which indicates the departure date from the country, and a passport which is valid for 6 months to the representative of tan's Foreign Ministry in the transit lounge of the airport, foreign visitors


EuroAsian transport corridor
can receive a 7-day tourist visa, which can as well be extended once by referring to the For­eign Ministry of Iran.
   Citizens of 68 countries who bear regular passports can use this service without previ­ ously applying to the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in their homeland and get their visa on the spot in international airports of Iran. If for some reason, the visa cannot be issued for some tourists, the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran is obliged by law to pay for their return to their countries.
   The 7-day visa is however not issued for a limited number of countries, including Czech Republic and England in Europe, the US, Canada, Argentina, and for citizens of Euro­ pean and refugee-accepting countries who are originally from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Algeria.
   Turkmenistan: A fundamental renova­ tion of railway car fleet and equipment has been initiated in Turkmenistan
   Turkmen railways have been recently pro­ vided with new equipment for the renovation of railway car fleet: two diesel locomotives and nine passenger cars. In that way the real­ization of a large-scale contract on supply of railway equipment and machinery from China, Russia, and Ukraine to the Ministry of Rail­ ways of Turkmenistan has been launched.
   The contract stipulates that machinery and equipment is to be delivered to Turkmenistan prior to the opening of Ashgabat-Dashoguz Transkarakum Railroad. Under the contract 47 diesel locomotives, 530 railroad cars and two laundry complexes are to be provided. All the diesel locomotives and 50 passenger cars will be delivered from China, whereas freight cars are expected to come from Russia and

   Passenger cars were manufactured accord­ing to a specific design and technical charac­ teristics to meet the requirements of Turk­ menistan climatic conditions. All of them are supplied with air conditioning system.
   Uzbekistan: 'Silk Geopolitics'
   "The role and significance of Silk Road transport communications in the contemporary international relations"-this is the title of D. Sc. degree thesis which was successfully de­ fended by Rustam Mirzaev--a prominent Uzbekistan's history scientist, literary man and a journalist specializing in international affairs.
   The thesis, remarkable for its novelty and efficiency of contemporary politology, was ac­ complished by the author at the Diplomatic Academy under the Ministry of Foreign Af­ fairs of Russian Federation and was highly evaluated at the meeting of the Academy dis­ sertation committee.
   In this work the author presents a thorough analysis of common theories on political po­tentials of multilateral economic cooperation under overall world globalization, brings to light the peculiarities of transport communica­tions within this process, and gives a complex evaluation of the potentiality of wide-scale project on the Silk Road revival which is es­sential for integration of Central Asian coun­ tries into the world's economic system, as well as for establishment of contacts with European and Asian Pacific countries and maintaining mutually beneficial cooperation between Cen­tral Asian states.
   Kyryzstan: Information centre for tourists will be opened in Kyrgyzstan
   In order to attract more tourists to Issyk-Kul area there will be opened Information Centre

in 2006. This centre will make it possible to carry out electronic booking and sales of tours to lake Issyk-Kul. To further develop tourism in the region it is planed to build a number of new hotels on Issyk-Kul shore and to widen the runway of the local airport so as to enable the operation of big aircrafts.
   Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan involves inter- natioal experts in market research of tourist industry
   The government of Kazakhstan intends to involve international consulting company I РК for carrying out extensive market research of Kazakhstan tourist sector and for defining the country's tourist potentials. 65 million tenge has beem allocated from the country's budjet for this purpose. IPK's experts will analise five most attractive tourist centres of the country.
   Subsequently they will prepare a description of tourist product which Kazakhstan could of­ fer in the international tourist market at the moment and in future up to 2010. The second stage of the research will be accomplished abroad and will be aimed at the study of for­ eign tourists' and companies' interest to the tourist product of Kazakhstan.
   Recommendations of I РК, which are to be submitted already in December this year, will form the basis for the national strategy in the field of tourism development in the republic.
   By the year of 2010 the volumes of inbound tourism in Kazakhstan are believed to in­ crease fivefold.
   The book was published by the Institute of Contemporary International Studies under Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of For­ eign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Moscow Publishing house, Izvestiya.