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" (www.sairamtour.com) and the Chairman of the Great Silk Road Tour Opera tors' Group (www.thegreatsilkroad.com).
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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.
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Azerbaijan: A new programme of recon struction and development of Motor ways of Azerbaijan
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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.
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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