On Christmas Day in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, and 15 new countries-including Azerbaijan-were born. Azerbaijan was a very poor country, but it had rights to a very valuable resource: oil. Unfortunately for the Azeri people, what Azerbaijan did not have was a way of getting this oil to countries that could afford to pay for it. The answer is the Baku Tiblisi Ceyhan oil pipeline, projected to transport crude from the Caspian Sea to the coast of Turkey. In Faultlines and Pipelines, the fifth installment in the Beyond the Border series, COMBAT FILMS AND RESEARCH recounts the story of the pipeline and the numerous ethnic and regional conflicts that threaten its existence.
Used in conjunction with this teacher's guide, Faultlines and Pipelines can help students to understand the strategic importance of the former Soviet republics in central Asia, study the geography of the Caucasus region, and comprehend the role of oil in today's global economic and political landscape.
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- Map A
- Map B
- Chirag Azeri Oil Field