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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

Asian Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various Asian countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Series: 20 programs (20 to 54 minutes). Click for more

Tajikistan: Another Afghanistan?

Tajikistan: Another Afghanistan?

This classic documentary introduces viewers to the smallest nation by area in Central Asia, Tajikistan, which too is one of the poorest countries in the world. Emerging from generations of colonial domination by Russia, the question must be asked, is this republic leaning towards becoming another Afghanistan? The last decade here has been similarly characterized by poverty, corruption and growing ethnic tension. After independence Tajikistan suffered from a devastating civil war, which began in 1992 between the Russian-backed government and the Islamist-led opposition; over 50,000 people were killed before the war ended in 1997. Here we see the careful restoration of a mosque represents a sort of Islamic renaissance; however because of its dire economic situation the republic had to rely heavily on Russian assistance to cope with Islamic rebels. Today, although Tajik border guards cover its border, Russia stations thousand of troops in a military base in Dushanbe, the country's largest city. And although great strides have been made against illegal drug trafficking, Tajikistan remains an important transit country for smuggling narcotics out of Afghanistan. Produced by ABC Australia. 04/10DE JSCA 20 min.





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