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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

Azerbaijan: All the President's Oil

Azerbaijan: All the President's Oil

"Highly Recommended. This excellent documentary examines the corruption of this oil-rich country and prompts the question, has anything really changed in the way of governance? Here we learn that despite its estimated $80 billion in oil reserves, Azerbaijan is presently a poorer state than it was under Soviet rule." -EMRO Review
Azerbaijan, which occupies the southern part of the isthmus between the Black and Caspian seas, is a country rich in history, and in oil. So rich in oil, it should to be a textbook example of the benefits of globalization; however, as reporter Marcel Theroux explains, the vast amount of money coming in is not trickling down to the country's people, a short-sighted autocracy allows the privileged few to become wealthy. This historic program offers a rare look at the former president, Heydar Aliyev, who aligned with the international oil consortium Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) and also supported building the BTC pipeline from Baku to Ceyhan in Turkey, via the neighboring nation of Georgia, bypassing Russia and Iran. Before dying, he stepped down as president and named his son, Ilham, a former VP with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, as his party's only presidential candidate, a position he won and has held since 2003. Today, Azerbaijan, despite mismanagement and corruption, remains a supporter of the war on terrorism and an ally of the United States; also since more oil from Kazakhstan will be diverted through Azerbaijan by the U.S. government, due largely to diplomatic wrangling with Iran and Afghanistan, which could foster instability in the Caspian Basin, the situation here continues to be complex to say the least. Produced by Journeyman Pictures. 04/10DE JSCA 30 min.

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