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While relations between the United States and Russia have collapsed in almost every sphere, one element of military cooperation has quietly continued, uninterrupted: the transit of U.S. military cargo to and from Afghanistan across Russia and Central Asia.

 

In 2009, as one of the fruits of the “reset” in relations between Washington and Moscow, Russia agreed to let the United States ship military equipment and personnel via Russia, both over its airspace and using its rail network, to...

Ties between the U.S. and Azerbaijan have become strained in recent months. The Azerbaijani government has pushed back vocally against American criticism of the country's human rights record, accusing Washington of interference in its internal affairs. Yet the two sides have mutual security interests and the tension involved in balancing this relationship was the subject of a...

While far outnumbered by their Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian counterparts, several American defense firms took part in the expo, and Kazakhstan's purchases of American military equipment seem poised to increase over the next few years.

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns traveled to Central Asia this week, meeting the presidents of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. And while few details about the meetings were released, it seems that the main topics of conversation were events to the East (in Ukraine) and South (in Afghanistan).

 

Both countries are key partners of the United States military effort in Afghanistan, in particular their cooperation on the land transport routes known as the...

And curiously, the level of skepticism that the State Department used with respect to Central Asian governments didn't extend to Azerbaijan.

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