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Ron Synovitz

What Happened to the August 1991 Soviet Coup Plotters?

Eleven hard-liners in the Soviet government, military, Communist Party, and KGB were...

'Open Secret': Experts Cast Doubt On Yerevan's Claims Over Nagorno-Karabakh

The exact relationship between Yerevan and the Armenia-backed separatist military force in...

Uzbekistan Plunges Into Gene Pool To Spot Future Olympians

The idea of using genetic testing to spot future world-class athletes has...

Tracking Central Asians' Trails To Jihad In Syria

SUZAK VILLAGE, Kyrgyzstan -- Mekhribbon has lived a mother's nightmare since she...

Central Asian Children Keep Ramadan Caroling Alive

Ramadan fasting in Tashkent was nearly over on the evening of July...

OSCE Summit Concludes Final Session Without Deal On Action Plan

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has concluded its...

Kabul Launches Controversial Plan To Empower Militia Fighters As Police

Amir Mohammad is among a handful of tribal leaders to remain in...

Kyrgyz Troops Dismantle Osh Barricades; State of Emergency Raises Referendum Doubts

OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- Troops and local residents in Kyrgyzstan's southern city of...

Kazakhstan's Book Ban And The Issue Of 'Prior Restraint'

"Godfather-In-Law," a book about Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, has struck a raw...

Concerns About Iran's Nuclear Program Linger As Bushehr Prepares Start-Up

The United States and some European countries have for years expressed concern...

Concerns About Iran's Nuclear Program Linger As Bushehr Prepares Start-Up

The United States and some European countries have for years expressed concern...

2008 In Review: Pakistan Under Pressure As War On Terror Focuses On South Asia

The year 2008 saw a shift of focus in the war on...

Dogged By Security Failings, Karzai Seeks Reelection

With Hamid Karzai's presidential term set to end next year, the deteriorating...

Obama's 'Fresh Start' In Afghanistan, Pakistan Faces Many Challenges

The fight against militant extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan is one of...

Pursuit Of Elusive Peace Could Drive Afghan Government, Taliban To The Table

The brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has returned from a visit...

Mistakes By Afghan Translators Endanger Lives, Hamper Antiterrorism Effort

When U.S. or NATO soldiers need to communicate with Afghan villagers, they...

Jihadist Agreement In Pakistan Leads To Surge Of Violence In Afghanistan

AP reported this week that rival jihadist groups in Pakistan have agreed...

Afghanistan: Legality Of 'Hot Pursuit' Into Pakistan Debated

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's threat to send troops after Taliban militants in...

Afghanistan: Key Road Toward Pakistan To Improve Trade, Security

A contract has been signed for a $100 million highway project in...

Afghanistan: Warlordism "Is Winning" Versus Democracy

Ordinary Afghans are becoming increasingly concerned about their future as the power...

Azerbaijan: Washington, Baku Concerned About PKK Cells In Caucasus

Azerbaijan's government has raised concerns with US officials that militants from Turkey's...

Afghanistan: Ex-Taliban Commander Lectures Mullah Omar About Koran

From his hilltop headquarters in the center of the southern Afghan town...

Afghanistan: A First Step Toward 'Turning' Moderate Taliban?

For years, Afghan officials including President Hamid Karzai have extended an olive...

Afghanistan: Resurgent Taliban Slows Aid Projects, Reconstruction

The past year has been the deadliest for U.S. and NATO-led forces...

Afghanistan: Karzai's Corruption Comments Could Lead To Cabinet Shakeup

A businessman ordering a truckload of electronics from Pakistan is told by...

Afghanistan: Armed Northern Militias Complicate Afghan Security

Much of the world's attention on Afghanistan is now focused on the...

Fallout From Karachi Bombing Felt In Afghanistan

Between Karachi and Kabul stand the vast deserts and mountains of Balochistan....

US Building Military Base Near Iraqi-Iranian Border

The US military is launching an intensified effort to stop what it...

Afghanistan: 'Bush Bazaar' Offers A Taste Of Western Life

Each day at dawn, 35-year-old Kaka Ajmal travels to a fenced plot...

Afghanistan/Iraq: Expert Questions Election Validity In Conflict Areas

Jarrett Blanc is a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow and...

East: Poison, Politics, And Speculation In Former Soviet Republics

Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister Almaz Atambaev recently added his name to a growing...

Afghanistan: Rights Groups Say Taliban Increasingly Target Civilians

Two international human rights groups have issued reports this week warning that...

Afghanistan: Amnesty Law Draws Criticism, Praise

Afghanistan's parliament has passed an amnesty law that prevents the state from...

Afghanistan: Taliban Attacks Signal Start Of Spring Offensive

Taliban fighters have launched a series of attacks this month across western,...

World: Central Asian, Iranian Recordings Compete For 'World Music' Grammy

The 49th Grammy Awards ceremonies are a forum for the U.S....

Afghanistan: Amnesty Bill Could Threaten Faith In Democracy

The lower chamber of Afghanistan's parliament passed a bill on January 31...

Afghanistan: Local Taliban Defeat Raises Hopes For Dam Project

NATO forces in Afghanistan say the destruction of a Taliban camp in...

Afghanistan: Daily Survival Robs Street Children Of Education

Children trying to earn a meager wage -- some as young as...

Afghanistan: Karzai Wants Closer Ties Between Pashtuns On Both Sides Of Border

President Hamid Karzai spoke at length on November 9 about his proposal...

Afghanistan: Self-Immolation By Women in Herat Continues at Alarming Rate

Self-immolation by women in the western Afghan province of Herat continues to...

Afghanistan: Election Officials Try to Learn from Mistakes in Vote

Afghanistan's presidential election is being called a major success by its international...

Afghan Expectations Confront Polling Reality

The jovial mood of voters in the Afghan capital on October 9...

Afghanistan: Security, Poverty, Reconstruction Emerge As Key Issues As Election Campaigns Begin

The 18 candidates in Afghanistan's first direct presidential election officially launched their...