Oil and new national identities on the Caspian Sea


Twenty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Caspian Sea borders are still unresolved and the sea has no legal status. This is a beach in Lenkaran, close to the border with Iran. Azerbaijan, 2011. Mila Teshaieva

Twenty years ago, the boundaries of three new sovereign states were mapped along the shores of the Caspian Sea. solar systems training . Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan emerged from the wreckage of the Soviet Union with immense oil and gas reserves and the enormous challenge of defining themselves as independent nation-states.

The rapid oil-fueled transformation of these societies and the newfound quest for national identity has left many of the citizens isolated, unable to locate themselves in the midst of these changes.

Hope, ambition, greed and uncertainty have been defining factors for various groups of people as these new littoral states attempt to integrate themselves into the world political economy. Read more, and see more, in this photo-essay, Promising Waters, by Mila Teshaieva.


A wedding couple sits on the throne in the Palace of Happiness in Baku. nike air max . Both bride and groom belong to the powerful family clans of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan, 2010.


A family sits outside their plywood house in a refugee settlement at a construction factory where people from Karabakh have been living for the past 20 years. They have never received any aid from officials or NGOs but managed to build a new home and life here. Azerbaijan, 2010.