Tag Archives: Uzbekistan

2018, A Year of Central Asia’s Regional Thaw

A relaxation of long-standing regional tensions was the most noticeable process in Central Asia in 2018. If the trend continues, individual countries will be better positioned to muddle through domestic problems and deal with complex international relations and security issues in 2019 and beyond.

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Can Uzbekistan’s New Leader Unleash His Country’s Potential?

Unlike their diplomatic and political counterparts, it will take years to measure the success of Uzbekistan's new leader Mirziyoyev and his economic reforms. A lot is riding on Mirziyoyev’s ability to harmonize his own political interests with the economic interests of his country.

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Afghanistan: Strange Bedfellows

There are broad indications the newfound unity between the erstwhile foes — northern Balkh province’s Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum — has been brought about by some regional powers to protect their interest in Afghanistan.

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Three Charged with Attempt to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Three men of Central Asian descent have been arrested in New York on the charges of conspiracy to provide material support to the ISIL terrorist group.

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Presence of ISIL in Afghanistan and Central Asia

Currently, ISIL does not seem to be operating in Afghanistan or Central Asian countries; yet, all necessary measures should be taken by the regional governments to take away the hope of ISIL surviving in the region.

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Uzbekistan’s Elite Keep Profiting from Forced Labor

Uzbekistan still depends on cotton exports driven by what amounts to slave labor. A new report brings this practice to light.

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Understanding Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Future

China has been attempting to shape a non-Western security grouping to counterbalance NATO and allow it more room for military action in Asia. The SCO, often dubbed the Asian NATO, has been dominated by Russia and China. Expanding the SCO is imperative to securing the Central Asian gas pipelines, many of which run through Chinese territory and are threatened by insurgencies that compromise their construction.

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The Geopolitics on Central Asia’s Petroleum Riches

Central Asia’s share of the world’s reserves of natural gas is somewhat higher at 11 per cent; still, it falls short of the Middle East’s share, 43 per cent. Hydrocarbon rents have enabled the authoritarian regimes in Central Asia to provide the welfare services that ensure their populations’ acquiescence in their government.

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Central Asia Grapples with Water Shortages

Central Asian water conservation specialists are discussing supply problems and ways to overcome them.   The region has strong incentives to save the precious resource, they say, noting that it has ample water resources but uneven distribution. Discussions frequently lead to quarrels rather than to solutions. Border disputes, the threat of extremism, and water disputes are among the region’s primary …

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How South Asia Can Benefit from Central Asian Energy Boom?

In a rare assembly of representatives of governments of countries in South and Central Asia, parliaments and the private sector as well as experts from China, the US and Europe sat in Islamabad on September 1 and 2 to discuss not the security challenge but the energy promise that the region offers.

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