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Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan: Clashes on Volatile Border Growing Vicious

Until recently, Aksai, an ethnic Kyrgyz village on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, had seemed so small and insignificant that most cartographers failed to include it on their maps. But now it has become a flashpoint, with a recent standoff there underscoring the potential for interethnic violence along the poorly defined frontier.

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Alisher Khamidov is a freelance writer specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan: Clashes on Volatile Border Growing Vicious

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