Latest Articles about Central Asia

Sino-Tajik military exercise being carried out last October in Tajikistan (Source:

Beijing Encroaching on Moscow’s Military Dominance in Tajikistan

China has unexpectedly begun taking steps to become more militarily active in the small Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. Moreover, it is pushing for closer joint military and security cooperation with Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These moves could position China as a potential regional counterweight... MORE
Finnish Patria NEMO mortar system (Source: Patria)

Finland’s Rising Arms Exports Raise Controversy in Parliament

As the global economy continues its slow recovery from the 2008–2009 worldwide recession, armament sales appear to have been one of the few recession-proof export sectors. The greater Middle East has been main emporium for such purchases. While the United States and Russia remain the world’s... MORE
Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov (L) with Tajikistani President Emomali Rahmon (Source:

Uzbekistan Determined to Improve Relations With Its Neighbors

Uzbekistan’s diplomats may never have been quite as busy as Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov has been in just the past several weeks. In addition to attending or hosting a series of routine meetings, Kamilov has also become a goodwill ambassador for Uzbekistan’s interim president, Prime... MORE
Afghan military outpost in Kunudz (Source: Reuters)

Security Situation Along Afghan-Tajik Border Alarms Regional Powers

Two high-ranking Russian security officials—General Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Security Council of Russia, and General Nikolai Bordyuzha, secretary general of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)—recently paid official visits to Tajikistan within days of one another. Generals Patrushev and Bordyuzha met with... MORE
Gulmurod Halimov (Source:

A Profile of Gulmurod Halimov: Islamic State’s New Minister of War

According to Iraqi media outlets citing unnamed security officials, in early September Islamic State (IS) appointed the former commander of Tajikistan’s paramilitary police (OMON), Gulmurod Halimov, to the position of IS’ military leader (а [Baghdad], September 3). Halimov is alleged to have replaced former “Minister... MORE