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Great Games, Local RulesThe New Great Power Contest in Central Asia$
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Alexander Cooley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199929825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929825.001.0001

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The Price of Access: Contracts and Corruption

The Price of Access: Contracts and Corruption

(p.134) 8 The Price of Access: Contracts and Corruption
Great Games, Local Rules

Alexander Cooley

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 examines the deteriorating levels of corruption in Central Asia and explores how outside actors have contributed to some of these practices. The chapter overviews alleged corruption scandals involving large U.S. and Chinese oil deals in Kazakhstan, including the so-called “Giffen Affair,” and the fuel deals for the Manas base in Kyrgyzstan. These cases demonstrate how these attempts to buy influence are embedded within broader transnational networks involving local elites, private companies, external governments, and the offshore sector; these networks provide Central Asian rulers with private benefits, while allowing foreign governments and companies to maintain plausible deniability when allegations of corruption surface.

Keywords:   Kazakhstan, Manas air base, corruption, Giffen Affair, Kyrgyzstan, plausible deniability, private companies, local elites, offshore sector

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