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Professor Silay sat down with the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center’s Willow Spencer to discuss his research, working at Indiana University, and the new Turkish Flagship.

After President Saparmyrat Niyazov died in December 2006, rumors began to circulate in Turkmenistan about the supposed $6 billion that he had socked away in a Swiss bank account.  A few weeks ago in Geneva, I learned that Zurich, the seat of Switzerland’s banking industry, was having such a boom year that it was providing its citizens with an anti-tax.  This coming financial year, Zurich’s residents wouldn’t be paying the state a percentage of their salaries: they would be receiving a bonus from the regional government.    These two stories probabl

By Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang; translated by Meghan Howard and Tsultrim Nakchu. Dehra Dun: Songtsen Library, 2011. 651 pp. Reviewed by Eric Fry-Miller, Indiana University.