Louise Arbour, president and CEO of the International Crisis Group writes in Foreign Policy that Central Asia may be in a list of "Next Year's Wars." Tajikistan faces both local and external insurgencies with little ability to cope with them, and relations with neighboring Uzbekistan have deteriorated over wate
An explosion on a railroad on the Uzbekistan-Afghanistan border was a "terrorist act," the Russian news service RIA Novosti reported. The explosion apparently occurred between the Galaba and Amuzang stations on the line between Termez, at the southern tip of Uzbekistan, and Kurgan-Tyube in Tajikistan.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) met in St. Petersburg on November 7 and appeared to continue its trajectory away from being a security group to an economic body, The Bug Pit reported. Tashkent has boycotted the Russian-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization, and didn't show up for the meeting about Afghanistan in Istanbul.
Despite great expectations following talks in Tashkent last month between the Uzbek government and the US and German special envoys to Afghanistan, Uzbekistan did not show up at a meeting November 2 in Istanbul of foreign ministers from Afghanistan and its neighbors to discuss plans for stability in Central Asia after US and NATO troop withdrawal
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Uzbekistan, part of a Central Asian and Middle Eastern/North African tour, essentially sealed a new political and military pact with the dictatorship of President Islam Karimov for geostrategic goals that human rights advocates said came at the expense of principles.
Both the EU and the US made a concerted overture to Uzbek President Islam Karimov to participate in the NATO coalition’s plans for international meetings later this year to discuss peace in Afghanistan after planned US troop withdrawals in 2014, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported.