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Great Game Visions and the Reality of Cooperation around Post-Soviet Transnational Infrastructure Projects in the Caspian Sea Region

Bayramov, A., 2019, In : East European Politics . 35, 2, p. 159-181 23 p.

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Bayramov, A. (2019). Great Game Visions and the Reality of Cooperation around Post-Soviet Transnational Infrastructure Projects in the Caspian Sea Region. East European Politics , 35(2), 159-181. https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2019.1612372

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Bayramov, Agha. / Great Game Visions and the Reality of Cooperation around Post-Soviet Transnational Infrastructure Projects in the Caspian Sea Region. In: East European Politics . 2019 ; Vol. 35, No. 2. pp. 159-181.

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Bayramov, A 2019, 'Great Game Visions and the Reality of Cooperation around Post-Soviet Transnational Infrastructure Projects in the Caspian Sea Region' East European Politics , vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 159-181. https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2019.1612372

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Great Game Visions and the Reality of Cooperation around Post-Soviet Transnational Infrastructure Projects in the Caspian Sea Region. / Bayramov, Agha.

In: East European Politics , Vol. 35, No. 2, 2019, p. 159-181.

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Bayramov A. Great Game Visions and the Reality of Cooperation around Post-Soviet Transnational Infrastructure Projects in the Caspian Sea Region. East European Politics . 2019;35(2):159-181. https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2019.1612372


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