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Tajikistan: Border Incidents Highlight Drug Trafficking Threat

Border guards in Tajikistan have said two drug traffickers were killed in...

Tajikistan: US Embassy Complains of Aid-Blocking Bureaucracy

In an unusual display of candor, officials at the U.S. Embassy of...

U.S. Boosts Special Forces Training in Central Asia

The United States has stepped up its trainings of elite military units...

Tajikistan: Deadly Clashes Re-Ignite Border Alarm

The militant incursion from Afghanistan that Tajikistan regularly worries about appears to...

Turkey: Could Ankara Go for Russia’s Jugular?

The dogged feud between Turkey and Russia is threatening to resurrect an...

Tajikistan: Uncertainty Six Months After Conscripts Kidnapped by Afghan Insurgents

After six months of captivity in Afghanistan, nobody knows when or if...

Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan: Are Health Donors Bailing Because of Rampant Graft?

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are the two Central Asian countries most in need...

Washington Rolls Out New Central Asia Policy, With Focus On Counterterrorism

The United States State Department has laid out a new policy vision...

No Longer Under Sanctions, Uzbekistan Gets 300 Armored Vehicles From U.S.

The United States is donating over 300 armored vehicles to Uzbekistan's military,...

On Visit To Tashkent, State Dept Appears To Take Gentler Approach

Senior United States diplomats have visited Tashkent for their regular consultations with...

Central Asia Turning to Civilian Militias to Shore Up Border Security

Two Central Asian countries are taking an extreme step to strengthen security along their...

Azerbaijan Keeps Mum about Bust on Georgia Heroin Highway

Even in the best of times, the Azerbaijani government is not a...

Report Details Central Asian Governments' Involvement In Drug Trade

Ties between Afghanistan and its Central Asian neighbors to the north, in...

Georgia: Tbilisi Struggles with Drug-Policy Reform

Georgia has held transparent elections and it has pledged to create an...

US Offers Reward as Kyrgyzstan Set to Release Mob Boss

The US government is apparently not happy that Kyrgyzstan is due to...

Tajikistan Using DC Proxies to Build Support for Rogun Dam

Tajikistan has one significant industrial asset, an aluminum smelter that dates back...

Kyrgyzstan Says 11 Attackers Dead in Mysterious Shootout on Chinese Border

Officials in Kyrgyzstan say they have killed 11 unidentified attackers in a...

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Fires Powerful Osh Mayor

The rabble-rousing mayor of Kyrgyzstan’s second-largest city has been abruptly dismissed after...

U.S. Military Leaving Kyrgyzstan? Russians Aren't Buying It

With the Pentagon's announcement that the U.S. is leaving its air base...

Atambayev, In Brussels, Gets Promises Of Stronger NATO Ties

Just days after finishing up his duties as a host of the...

New UN Drug Report Underscores Central Asia’s Addiction

The United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its annual...

Shady E-Currency Site Busted for Global Money Laundering

Four former-Soviet immigrants appear to be at the center of what federal...

Tajikistan: Gorno-Badakhshan Rebel Leader Surrenders

Tajikistan’s most-wanted warlord has surrendered, according to state media reports. Last month,...

Tajikistan: Badakhshan Clashes Risk Sparking Insurgency, Analysts Fear

With armed groups in Tajikistan’s restive east ignoring demands to surrender their...

Explainer: Violence In Tajikistan's Badakhshan Province A Legacy Of The Civil War

Government forces have recently clashed with armed groups in Tajikistan's remote Gorno-Badakhshan...

Tajikistan: Will Ceasefire End Deadly Conflict in Gorno-Badakhshan?

Reports of civilian casualties trickled out of Tajikistan’s mountainous east on July...

Kazakhstan: Trying to Tame the White Horse

In a nondescript office in Kazakhstan’s commercial capital, Almaty, a group of...

Tajikistan Troops Killed in Gorno-Badakhshan Clash

At least nine Tajik soldiers have been killed and 20 wounded in...

Kyrgyzstan: Officials Sound Alarm on Arms Proliferation

A spokesman at Kyrgyzstan’s Interior Ministry has acknowledged that only about half...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

Issue 19 (2012) May 17 – 23, 2012 *For Breaking News See...

Tajikistan & Uzbekistan: A Feud that is a Fly in Central Asia’s Ointment

Persistent feuding between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan has troubling implications for the future...

Central Asia Key to Afghanistan Heroin Smuggling – UNODC

A new report by the United Nations drug agency sheds light on...

Tajikistan: On Afghanistan’s Heroin Highway, Corruption Fuels Addiction and HIV

Ask Sikandar why he switched from opium to heroin and his answer...

Locals Deny End To Drug Trade In Afghan Province

PARWAN, Afghanistan -- Hamid lies on a dirty street corner consuming heroin...

Pentagon: NDN Is Great, But We Still Need Pakistan

The Northern Distribution Network through Central Asia won't be sufficient to get...

Kyrgyzstan: Washington Tightens Screws on Crime Boss

In Kyrgyzstan, it’s never quite clear whether the battle against organized crime...

Russia Thwarts U.S. Central Asian Counterdrug Program

Russia has reportedly convinced its allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization...

Kyrgyzstan: Organized Crime Flexing Muscles in Prisons

A massive hunger strike in Kyrgyzstan’s prisons is bringing a long-time struggle...

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...

Uzbekistan: Ambassador Nominee Krol Clears Senate Foreign Relations Committee

President Barack Obama's nominee for US ambassador to Uzbekistan, Ambassador George Krol,...

Turkmenistan Weekly Roundup

President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov made a two-day state visit to Uzbekistan May 5-6,...

Tajikistan: Rahmon Facing Pressure on All Sides

A buildup of external pressure, combined with growing internal economic stress, makes...

Russia's Focus on Southern Kyrgyzstan

A recent uptick in diplomatic activity in southern Kyrgyzstan indicates Russia’s rising...

Tajikistan: Russia Angling for Return to Tajik-Afghan Frontier

It’s clear the Kremlin has its doubts about the ability of US...

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Russia, China Probing for Advantage

Lately the foreign press hasn't paid much attention to the Shanghai Cooperation...

Uzbekistan Weekly Roundup

The coming year will determine how much Uzbekistan will be drawn into...

Afghanistan: Aid to Farmers and International Cooperation Key to Narcotics Elimination

After 31 years of violence in Afghanistan, the opium poppy crop remains...

Beyond Vodka, Russia and US at Odds in Tajikistan -- WikiLeaks

As Tajikistan played Moscow and Washington off each other for aid and...

Tajikistan: Moscow Bribing Dushanbe to Allow Border Troops Back?

Moscow is making no secret of its desire to return troops to...

Afghanistan: Russia Pushes for CSTO-NATO Cooperation on Counter-Narcotics Front

As Russian President Dmitry Medvedev prepares to make an appearance in Lisbon...

Afghanistan: Russia Will No Longer Be Deterred by Past Sins

Russia’s recent involvement in an anti-drug operation in Afghanistan indicates that the...

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Seeks Expanded Trade Opportunities with Washington

Uzbekistan wants to help the United States transform the Northern Distribution Network...

Afghanistan: Female Officers Joining the Army’s Ranks

Golzadeh Hosseini strikes an odd figure, sitting on one of the Afghan...

Uzbekistan Weekly Roundup

Last week, President Islam Karimov came to New York to participate in...

What does the next CENTCOM commander think of Central Asia? Not much.

General James Mattis, the nominee to be next commander of U.S. Central...

Pentagon Planning for Upsurge in Violence in Northern Afghanistan, Central Asia

The Pentagon has issued a pre-solicitation notice for a counter-terrorism training compound...

Russian Troops Back to Afghan Border?

After several years of trying (fruitlessly) to convince Moscow to cough up...

Uzbekistan Weekly Roundup

Forced to leave the shelter of hastily-made refugee camps in Andijan region...

CSTO Chief in Bishkek on Base-Shopping Mission?

Not available during Bishkek's greatest hour of need, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai...

Organized Crime Helps Stoke Instability in Kyrgyzstan’s Southern Provinces

Drug lords likely played a role in stirring up the recent political...

CSTO: Moscow-led Security Group Harbors Aspirations of Going Global

Russian officials want to establish a global presence for the Collective Security...

Kazakhstan Takes on OSCE Chairmanship with Call for West to Ditch Stereotypes

Kazakhstan has launched its 2010 chairmanship of the Organization for Security and...

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat's Top Cop Sacked

The chief of Ashgabat's police department has been sacked and the head...

Tajikistan: Dushanbe Seeks Greater Regional Cooperation on Narcotics Trafficking

Tajik authorities are calling for closer regional cooperation against drugs trafficking. Interior...

Tajikistan: Dushanbe Tightens Investment Ties with Afghanistan, Iran

Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran intend to set up a joint investment fund...

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan: Russian Official Calls for Visa Regime

A top Russian anti-drug official is calling for the introduction of visa...

Tajikistan: Mysterious Death Raises Concerns About Militant Returns

The mysterious killing of Mirzo Ziyoev, a former opposition commander and cabinet...

Kazakhstan: Rights Group Urging Improvements, as OSCE Chair Looms

Astana is set to take over as chair of one of Europe's...

Tajikistan: Dushanbe Ramps up Crackdown on Suspected Islamic Radicals

Despite official denials that civil war-era opposition leaders still pose a national...

Afghanistan: Militants Killed in Fighting Near Turkmenistan Border

A "significant number" of insurgents have been killed on the Afghan-Turkmen border...

Armenia: Sopranos-Style TV Dramas Spark Debate Over Crime Rates

Burglaries have doubled in Armenia, homicides have nearly tripled and illegal weapons...

Tajikistan: Drug Control Agency Draws Praise and Criticism

Tajikistan's State Drug Control Agency (DCA) celebrated its 10th anniversary recently, drawing...

Central Asia: Washington Boosts Aid to Region to Bolster Afghan War Effort

The United States is proposing significant increases to its aid packages for...

Afghanistan: How to Win the War on Drugs

The challenges currently facing Afghanistan and the US-led international coalition are cumulative....

Drug Trade Remains A Contentious Issue For ISAF, Afghan Government

Even as new figures point to gains in the battle against Afghanistan's...

Uzbekistan: EU Eases Up On Tashkent

The European Union has ditched most of its sanctions against Uzbekistan after...

Afghanistan: A Down Year for Opium Production, But Is the Trafficking Threat Receding?

Afghanistan experienced a 19 percent decrease in the land under opium poppy...

Paris Conference: Aid Effectiveness Key to Addressing AfghanistanÆs Rebuilding Challenges

The Paris donors' conference that opened June 12 provides a pivotal opportunity...

Paris Conference: Aid Effectiveness Key to Addressing Afghanistan's Rebuilding Challenges

The Paris donors' conference that opened June 12 provides a pivotal opportunity...

Central Asia: Kazakh, Tajik Presidents Show Oil And Water Do Mix

In return for closer ties with Kazakhstan, visiting Tajik President Imomali Rahmon...

NATO: Making Progress on Afghanistan Rail Route

NATO is striving to rapidly conclude a deal with Central Asian states...

Afghanistan: More NATO Troops and Trainers Needed to Defeat the Taliban

Securing Afghanistan against the Taliban's cross-border insurgency will take center stage at...

Afghanistan: More NATO Troops and Trainers Needed to Defeat the Taliban

Securing Afghanistan against the Taliban's cross-border insurgency will take center stage at...

Central Asia: Kazakh, Russian Leaders Discuss Transport Corridor

Ahead of the CIS summit in Dushanbe this weekend, the presidents of...