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What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing...

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Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine....

Kazakhstan: Report Highlights Stability Threats as Succession Looms

Kazakhstan faces crucial challenges as the end of strongman leader Nursultan Nazarbayev’s...

Central Asia: China Flexes Political and Economic Muscle

Chinese President Xi Jinping is wrapping up a 10-day tour through Central...

Pakistan's Gain in Afghan Transit Deal Central Asia's Loss?

Pakistan has agreed to reopen its border to U.S. and NATO supplies...

Uzbekistan: Will Karimov Get Blown Off in Windy City?

It appears that Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s efforts to obtain a one-on-one...

Afghanistan: Fuel Supplies at Bagram Diversified

Red Star Enterprises Ltd., the controversial ex-supplier of aviation fuel to the...

Kyrgyzstan: Russian Diplomat Sheds More Light on Bilateral Spat

Economics, not politics is prompting Russia to get tough with Kyrgyzstan, a...

Kyrgyzstan: Joint Kyrgyz-Russian Venture Now Main Manas Fuel Supplier

In a development that could influence Kyrgyzstan’s willingness to prolong the lease...

Central Asia: Looking at Hazmat Preparedness on the Northern Distribution Network

In early April, a Tajik driver died when an avalanche near the...

Kyrgyzstan: Another Rent Showdown for Manas Base?

Perhaps with an eye on obtaining a higher rent, Kyrgyz leaders are...

Central Asia: There’s More than One Way to Get a Tank Out of Afghanistan

With the United States and its allies preparing for the 2014 withdrawal...

Central Asia: Are Chinese Telecoms Acting as the Ears for Central Asian Authoritarians?

Two Chinese telecommunications giants are under scrutiny by a US congressional committee....

Is Manas Behind Kyrgyzstan's Instability?

That's the thesis of a smart political scientist, who argues that the...

Central Asia: Who’s the Big Winner in the NDN Sweepstakes?

The US Department of Defense makes approximately $500 million in payments annually...

Russia To Host NATO Afghan Transit Hub?

NATO and Russia are working on an agreement to set up a...

Uzbekistan: Population Endures Shortages Amid Plenty

Just a week ago at a cabinet meeting, Uzbek leader Islam Karimov...

Turkmenistan: Memo to Pentagon – Austin and Ashgabat Are on Different Continents

A database for multi-million-dollar Pentagon contracts is geographically challenged, and has repeatedly...

Kyrgyzstan: Is Manas Fuel Supplier Pulling Out?

Well-informed sources say Mina Corp, the current fuel supplier to the Manas...

Uzbekistan: Will Brussels Give Tashkent a Pass on Wide-Scale Child Abuse?

The European Union is mulling ways to expand its textile trade with...

EU to Consider Forced Labor in Uzbekistan

Forced child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields will be the focus of...

Kyrgyzstan: Elusive Fuel Supplier Addresses Image Problem

Mina Corp, the Pentagon fuel supplier once accused of being everything from...

Central Asia: Is Russia Ready to Address Central Asia’s Border Woes?

As US-led forces gear up to downsize in Afghanistan, Moscow is increasingly...

Turkmenistan: European Parliament Postpones Agreement

The European Parliament is to put off consideration of a Partnership and...

Pipeline Company Fined by US for Corruption in Uzbekistan

One of the main gripes that circulates among all sorts of companies...

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat’s Report on Torture Underwhelms UN Representatives

Turkmenistan has, after nine years, presented its first report to the United...

Kyrgyzstan: Is Bishkek Tripping Over its Own Red Tape?

Cash-strapped Kyrgyzstan has a potential fix for its fiscal woes. Experts say...

Turkmenistan: Expanded EU-Turkmen Relations Are on the Horizon

A visit by a European parliamentary fact-finding delegation to Turkmenistan encountered problems...

On Andijan Anniversary, Human Rights Watch Calls Out Germany

May 13 is the sixth anniversary of the massacre in Andijan, Uzbekistan,...

Kyrgyzstan: Pentagon to Revamp Manas Fuel Supply Arrangements

The Pentagon plans a major change in the way it supplies aviation...

Turkmenistan: EU Faces Democratization Test in Ashgabat

A European Parliamentary delegation is due to arrive April 28 in Turkmenistan...

Uzbekistan: Germany Sharply Boosts Payments for Air Base

The German government appears willing to pay a very high price for...

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat to Face United Nations Review on Use of Torture

Turkmenistan’s dismal human rights record will soon be the subject of a...

Central Asia: Turkmenistan Could Become Key Cog in NDN Supply Route for Afghanistan

The United States wants to significantly expand traffic on the Northern Distribution...

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament Set to Sanction Manas Fuel-Supply Adjustment

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament is set to approve a measure that would enable a...

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Wants to Be Sole Fuel Supplier at Manas

It’s been an open secret for months, but government leaders in Kyrgyzstan...

Afghanistan: ISAF and Oversight of Taliban Reintegration

To the Editor: in Eurasianet.org’s recent story, “Afghanistan: There's No Way to...

Uzbekistan: Veil is Lifted on German Payments for Termez Base

At a time when Uzbekistan was under European Union sanctions relating to...

Kyrgyzstan: Mining Riot Rattles Foreign Investors

A recent arson attack on a mining compound in Kyrgyzstan’s Talas Province...

Kyrgyzstan: Bakiyev Bagman Convicted in Absentia

Eugene Gourevitch, the former head of MGN Capital and ex-board member of...

US Special Forces’ Operations in Central Asia Keeping Islamic Militants in Check

US Special Operations Forces have permission to enter Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and...

Afghanistan: There’s No Way to Follow Taliban Reintegration Money

A controversial, opaque US defense initiative to make payments to Taliban fighters...

Desert Despots: Good for Some, Bad for Others

Is Turkmenistan bad for your career? If you are a member of...

Kyrgyzstan: Legislators Seek “Special Payment” for US Military Facility

The United States and Kyrgyzstan appear to be on a collision course...

Kyrgyzstan: Privatization Initiative Generates Transparency Concerns

At least 38 businesses seized by the Kyrgyz provisional government following the...

Absent in Ashgabat: Does the US Need an Envoy in Turkmenistan?

Harsh words from some folks in the know about U.S. foreign policy...

RummyLeaks: U.S. Sought to Invade Afghanistan From Uzbekistan

The U.S. initially sought to use Uzbekistan territory to conduct air strikes...

Kyrgyzstan: Inflation Looms as Possible Trigger for Fresh Unrest in Bishkek

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is raising an alarm about a spike...

Uzbekistan: Did Karimov Tantrum Prompt NDN Transit Fee Hike?

Uzbekistan is squeezing Washington for more money to transport military supplies along...

Kyrgyzstan: Pentagon Auditors Taking Look at Northern Distribution Network

The US Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General (DoD OIG)...

Kyrgyzstan: Kremlin Lifts Punitive Fuel Tariff on Bishkek

In a boost for Kyrgyzstan’s economic revival efforts, Russia has abolished an...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Visit to Brussels Was NATO’s Idea

NATO, not the European Union, initiated the idea of inviting Uzbekistan’s controversial...

Karimov's European Visit Confirmed

Uzbek President Islam Karimov will visit Belgium on January 24 to meet...

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Base Could Face Fresh Disruption Due to Tax Question

A new tax dispute over fuel supplies at a strategically important air...

Kyrgyzstan: Security Officials Blame Islamic Radical Group for Recent Violence

Security officials in Kyrgyzstan are linking an attack on a synagogue last...

Ashgabat and CENTCOM Cozy Up for More Collaboration

Turkmenistan and the US are promising to enhance their already noteworthy level...

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat Playing Key US/NATO Support Role in Afghan War

Despite its long-avowed status as a neutral nation, Turkmenistan is playing an...

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Fuel Supplier Hitting Back at Bishkek

Mina Corp, the controversial aviation fuel supplier to the Manas Transit Center...

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Fuel Supplier on Thin Ice with Pentagon

Defense Logistic Agency Energy (DLA-E), the arm of the Pentagon which oversees...

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Fuel Supply Contract to Be Re-Opened?

Losing bidders in a recent tender to supply jet fuel to the...

Manas Report: Pentagon Not Corrupt, Just Incompetent

The long-awaited report from a U.S. congressional committee on fuel contracting at...

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Fuel-Supply Mess Puts Pentagon on the Spot -- Congressional Report

A scheme to deceive Russia about the purpose of jet fuel purchases,...

Kyrgyzstan: Secretive Manas Fuel Supplier Lobbied Bishkek to Keep Base -- Report

Maxim Bakiyev claimed the idea to re-name the US air base at...

Will TAPI Pipeline Make a Mint for Partners?

If -- and it’s a big if -- the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline...

Setting the Record Straight, Again, on the NDN and the Karimovs

Last week, Harry Eustace Jr., the head of FMN Logistics, got in...

Kyrgyzstan: Maxim Bakiyev Claimed He Helped US Keep Manas Base -- WikiLeaks

According to a fresh trickle of news from WikiLeaks, Maxim Bakiyev told...

U.S. to Help Set Up to Kyrgyz/Gazprom Entity to Supply Air Base Fuel

During U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's quick visit yesterday to Kyrgyzstan,...

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Fuel Contractors Have Fuzzy Ties with Local Firms

Amid an ongoing Kyrgyz government probe into fueling practices at the Manas...

New Kyrgyz Coalition to Make Manas Fuel Its Business

Mina Corp, the secretive fuel supplier to the US-led Manas air base...

Kyrgyzstan: Is Manas Fuel Contract Award Only the Start, not End of Intrigue?

It seems the $315 million contract awarded by the Pentagon to a...

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Fuel Supplier Doubles Down on Good News

Mina Corp, the controversial supplier of jet fuel at the Manas Transit...

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Fuel Supply Contract Stays with Mina Corp

In a move that could strain Washington’s relationship with Kyrgyzstan, a key...

Kyrgyzstan: Corruption Crackdown Intensifies in Bishkek

A corruption crackdown is picking up speed in Kyrgyzstan. Forty-two new criminal...

Afghanistan: Karzai Blinks on Private Security Firm Ban

It would be up to the Afghan National Police (ANP) to provide...

Kyrgyzstan: Gazprom Ready to Fill Manas Fuel-Supply Role

Representatives of the Russian energy giant Gazprom confirm that the company is...

Tajikistan: Dushanbe Dangling Ayni Air Base Before Russia

Tajikistan seems to be angling for a quid-pro-quo deal with Russia in...

Russia: Moscow’s Discontent with Afghan Anti-Drug Fight Boiling Over

Russian frustration is rising with NATO’s “incomprehensible passivity” in efforts to contain...

What do the Kyrgyzstan elections mean for Manas?

With the votes counted in Kyrgyzstan and furious behind-the-scenes coalition building underway,...

Washington Hopes Kyrgyzstan Bites on Compromise Manas Fuel-Supply Offer

As talks to shape Kyrgyzstan’s next government get underway, the United States...

Gulnara Karimova, U.S. military subcontractor?

The problems with U.S. military supply lines in Pakistan have raised the...

Afghanistan: Central Asian Supply Route Prepared for Traffic Surge

A diplomatic tussle between the United States and Pakistan, coupled with a...