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"The Oil and Glory"

November 1, 2007

A talk by Steven LeVine, journalist and author.

Pipeline politics became a modern day version of the 19th Century's Great Game, in which Britain and Russia had employed cunning and bluff to gain supremacy over the lands of the Caucasus and Central Asia. "The Oil and Glory" is the story of how, at the dawn of the 21st century, the game was played once more across the harsh environs of the Caspian Sea.

Steve LeVine was based in Central Asia and the Caucasus for 11 years - starting two weeks after the Soviet collapse through 2003. He ran The Wall Street Journal bureau for the eight-nation region, and before that covered it for The New York Times. From 1988-1992, LeVine was Newsweek's Pakistan-based correspondent for that country and Afghanistan. Before that, he covered the Philippines for Newsday from 1985-1988. He worked on The Wall Street Journal's oil staff through January 2007. He is currently writing a new book on Russia that, among other things, will explain its string of high-profile murders. LeVine actively blogs on Russian and Central Asian affairs on his website oilandglory.com.

From the World Beyond the Headlines series and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.