Abstracts of presentations given in session 6 of the 2008 UCOWR Conference.


The strategic significance of the region has increased in recent years due to the Caspian Basin hydrocarbon resources that are essential to the West. A resurgent, wealthy Russia and the West, engaged in a new "Great Game", are jockeying for position in this all-important region; water resources play an increasing role in this geopolitical realm. Cooperation among the three riparians and stability in the region thus become very important to the West.