Will the Revolutions in the Middle East Have an Impact on Uzbekistan?
Will the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen have any impact on Central Asia? Generally, the short answer from analysts has been "no" because the histories and current situations are too different. While the Middle Eastern countries have the same kind of strong men practicing the same kind of torture and corruption as the Karimov regime and other dictatorships in Central Asia, civil society is more advanced in some areas in the Middle East and people have also had more access to alternative media, mainly through the Qatar-owned television company Al-Jazeera, and social media like Facebook and Twitter.
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