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The U.S. Congress has again given the State Department the go-ahead to give military aid to Uzbekistan in spite of concerns about the country's poor record on human rights, a State Department official has told The Bug Pit.

Congress imposed restrictions on military aid to Uzbekistan in 2004 after the country's government failed to implement promised political reforms. Those restrictions remain in place today. But two years ago Congress, at the urging of the Obama administration, agreed...

2013 was an eventful year in the Caucasus and Central Asia, as the United States and NATO prepared to pull their military forces out of Afghanistan, Russia strengthened its military presence in the region, and tensions mounted on various fronts in the Caucasus.

The Eviction from Manas. Probably the biggest story from the region in 2013, especially from a United States-centric perspective, was the Kyrgyzstan government's eviction of the U.S. from its air...

Georgia intends to replace the Soviet-designed units of its military helicopter fleet with American and French models, the country's defense minister has said. The scope of this rearmament program isn't yet clear, but the plan nevertheless represents a strong statement of the country's geopolitical intentions, and could tie the country's military even closer to its Western partners.

Like all post-Soviet republics, upon gaining independence two decades ago Georgia inherited a military equipped entirely by Soviet-...

The United States military has substantially stepped up its counternarcotics assistance training programs with a number of Central Asian states, according to recently released documents from the U.S. State and Defense Departments. According to the documents, in 2012 the U.S. trained ...

A roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week:

The Caucasus and Turkey:

  • For the first time in two years, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan met to discuss the resolution of the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh. Both sides said little about the result of the talks, but they reportedly agreed to meet again “in the coming

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As the European Union prepares to hold the third Eastern Partnership Summit in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius later this month, the United States is supporting moves to strengthen EU ties with countries on its eastern border, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. At a hearing on November 14 in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations'...

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