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ASTANA FACES POLITICAL DILEMMAS AFTER UZBEK UPRISING

While there seems to be no connection between Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev's unusually extensive tours to southern and western Kazakhstan in recent days and the riots in Andijan of Uzbekistan, the Kazakh strongman is obviously more concerned with his uncertain prospects for retaining power in... MORE

History Chasing Optimism: Afghanistan in Spring, 2005

In May 2005, former Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil said the Taliban was a "spent force" and asked his former associates "to hold talks with the Afghan government. It will be good for our people." [1] His statement augmented announcements that other Taliban leaders... MORE

RUSSIA BLAMES TALIBAN FOR UPRISING IN UZBEKISTAN

Official statements emanating from Moscow on the unfolding crisis in eastern Uzbekistan firmly place the blame on Taliban elements promoting political violence within Andijan. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov first emphasized this aspect on Saturday, May 14, asserting that the disturbing news from Uzbekistan was... MORE

CITING NEED FOR STABILITY, KYRGYZ LEADERS FORM POLITICAL UNION

On May 13, Kurmanbek Bakiyev and Felix Kulov signed an agreement to form a political team for Kyrgyzstan's July 10 presidential elections. Kulov agreed to withdraw his candidacy with the stipulation that he would become prime minister in case Acting President Bakiyev wins (Akipress, May... MORE

KARIMOV ORDERS BLOODY END TO ANDIJAN UPRISING

Troops dispatched by Tashkent have put down last week's popular uprising in Andijan, Uzbekistan. Undeterred by the thousands of demonstrators, troops opened fire on the crowd, shooting women and children as well as the rebels. Rather than waiting until nightfall, when the crowds diminish, the... MORE

TRANS-CASPIAN OIL PIPELINE PLANNED IN KAZAKHSTAN

A recent session of Kazakhstan's cabinet of ministers commissioned plans for creating a trans-Caspian westbound export route for Kazakhstani oil, bypassing Russia on the shortest route to consumer countries. Prime Minister Daniyal Akhmetov and KazMunaiGaz (Kazakh oil and gas) state company chairman Uzakbay Karabalin endorsed... MORE

MASSES REJECT CHARGES OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM IN UZBEKISTAN

Early this morning thousands of residents took to the streets of Andijan, Uzbekistan, to protest a show trial of alleged Islamic extremists. Initial reports say that nine people are dead and Uzbek President Islam Karimov is on his way to the city. Reportedly demonstrators stormed... MORE

Pushtun Politics and Violence in Afghanistan

Violence in Afghanistan in the past few months has been largely cross-border in nature, originating in Pakistan and carried out by individuals of multiple nationalities who return to Pakistan after striking. Examining the location of recent incidents supports such an analysis. [1] While no part... MORE

Why Extremism is on the Rise In Uzbekistan

The July 30 attacks on the Prosecutor General's Office, the U.S. Embassy, and the Israeli Embassy in Tashkent demonstrate the continued terrorist presence in the republic of Uzbekistan. These forces appear to be directing their efforts not only against the regime of Islam Karimov, but... MORE