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Publications of Boyarkina Oxana Aleksandrovna
International relations, 2017-4
Boyarkina O.A. - Afghanistan in the Policy of Central Asia on the Amu Darya River pp. 29-35


Abstract: The article explores the inter-State relations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Central Asian countries on the matter of sharing waters of the Amu Darya transboundary river  It considers the dynamics of the development of water sharing relations between Afghanistan and Central Asia starting from the end of the 19th century to the present.  The article analyses scenarios of the situation development in case of inclusion of Afghanistan into the processes of water management of transboundary resources as well as a potential for the conflict of interests in shared use of the Amudarya waters between the downstream States and its impact on the internal political situation in the Central Asian region.  Historical-political method is applied to consider the dynamics of water relations development; event-analysis is used to study the situation with regard to inter-State relations, and analogy method - to predict possible scenarios of the development of situation in the Central Asian region. The author comes to the conclusion that the involvement of Afghanistan in resolving water problems of the Central Asian region can lead to aggravation of political relations between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, the downstream States on the matter of sharing waters of the Amu Darya transboundary river.  In view of the USA efforts to dominate in addressing water sharing issues between Afghanistan and the Central Asian republics, it is predicted that the situation in the region will be destabilized.  The article deems it appropriate to involve Russia into the negotiation processes on water issues of Afghanistan - Central Asia in order to prevent implementation of the American scenario of the so-called "Central Asian Spring". 
International relations, 2017-2
Boyarkina O.A. - India-Pakistan contradictions in the Indus river basin: problems and prospects of settlement pp. 100-106


Abstract: The article analyzes India-Pakistan political contradictions about joint use of water resources of the Indus river basin. The author considers the dynamics of development of the conflict of interests of India and Pakistan in the water issue. The author evaluates the effectiveness of the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 in the development of India-Pakistan water relations. The author analyzes the polar positions of the parties about the problem of use of the river basin and the objective factors affecting political stability in the region. The author formulates particular suggestions for interstate water disputes settlement. The research is based on the system, structural-functional, and historical-political approaches, the methods of analysis, synthesis, induction, deduction, event-analysis, case-study, observation. Despite the fact that the 1960 Treaty prevented the further escalation of regional political tension about the problem of use of water resources, the author concludes that the current objective realia and subjective factors make the parties reconsider the treaty. Upon the new Indian government coming to power, there’s a possibility of a constructive settlement of water and energy conflict in the Indus river basin. The author believes it would be reasonable to involve China in the process of negotiations. 
International relations, 2016-3
Boyarkina O.A. - Interstate conflicts in the Tigris River basin: problems and prospects


Abstract: The article studies interstate contradictions caused by the use of transborder water resources in the Tigris River basin in the context of arid climate and the maldistribution of resources. In the context of hydrotechnic projects realization in the river basin, the author analyzes the development of the conflict of interests between littoral states based on the distribution of regional water resources. The article considers the dynamics of development of relations between Turkey (the head river state) and the states on the middle (Syria) and the lower course (Iraq, Iran), and Turkey’s policy aimed at the realization of large scale water projects on the Tigris River. The author notes that regional water resources serve both as a political pressure instrument and a military instrument. The author applies the method of history and political science, the comparative method, component analysis and event-analysis to study the dynamics of development of water relations in the Tigris River basin. The author concludes that the addition of water contradictions to the ethno-confessional ones, territorial contradictions, Turkey’s egoistic water policy, along with the absence of multilateral basin agreement, lead to the worsening of political situation in the region. With account for a tense military and political situation, these factors can “explode” the region and destabilize the neighboring post-Soviet states. 
International relations, 2016-1
Boyarkina O.A. - Evolution of the U.S. strategy in Central Asia


Abstract: The paper considers the new tactics of the U.S. foreign policy strategy in relation to Central Asian states in the context of the change of the international geopolitical situation and the strengthening of Russia’s position on the global scene. The research subject is the influence of the American geopolitical strategy on the condition and development of state-to-state relations of the U.S. and Central Asian states and political stability in this region. The author evaluates the American tactics of “nonpublic diplomacy” and the new form of state-to-state interaction between the United States and Central Asia. The author applies the system-functional approach and event-analysis of foreign policy activities of the Unites States in Central Asia. The author concludes that the U.S. are aspiring to strengthen their positions in Central Asia, offering the states the new format of international interaction. Taking into account the increased strategic importance of Central Asian region and the successes of Russia’s diplomacy and the increase of Russia’s political influence in the world, the United States consider Central Asia as a strategically important region for implementing their national interests. 
Trends and management, 2016-1
Boyarkina O.A. - International water agreements


Abstract: This article explores the possibility for formation of global fresh water market. For this purpose an analysis of international water agreements executed on the regional level is being conducted. The growing deficit of fresh water forces countries that experience issues with water availability to make water deals with countries that possess sufficient potential of water resources. The work explores the influence of the geographical factor and means of transportation (technical factor) upon the price formation in water deals. The author concludes that the fresh water market on the regional level is already actively functioning and will continue to develop. However, a large scale trade of water would unlikely receive further development in the near future, since the current international water legislation does not promote pure sale of water (i.e. sale of just water). But in a long term prospects, with growing demand for water, the currently existing groundwork of regional water market could transform into global market of fresh water.
Conflict Studies / nota bene, 2015-1
Boyarkina O.A. -


Politics and Society, 2013-12
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