Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan: What’s Next After Border Shootout?

Kyrgyz border guards get a lift from a Tajik truck on a contested piece of land near Ak-Sai, Kyrgyzstan, and Vorukh, Tajikistan. Tensions are running high in the area following a recent shootout between Kyrgyz and Tajik security forces. (Photo: David Trilling)

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are each struggling to claim the moral high ground after a January 11 border clash left security forces wounded on both sides. The challenge now is for officials in the two countries to keep populist impulses at bay, experts say.

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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.

Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan: What’s Next After Border Shootout?

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