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

The Caucasus:

  • Iran's naval chief publicly criticized neighboring Azerbaijan for buying naval missiles from Israel. “We have announced many times that the Caspian Sea is the Sea of peace and friendship and the littoral states should provide its security through cooperation with each other but certain sides adopt such measures (purchasing Israeli missiles) through coordination with others,” 

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Over the weekend, Iran’s naval commander called out Azerbaijan for buying missiles from Israel. While Iran has previously signaled that it did not approve of Azerbaijan’s cooperation with outside powers in building up its naval forces on the Caspian Sea, this seems to be the first time it has explicitly warned Azerbaijan about doing so. In his comments, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari highlighted the risk that Azerbaijan runs in trying to balance relations between its...

But the scale of the operation, which included helicopters, mortars and snipers posted on the slopes that envelop the mountain town, made it clear that this was not simply a manhunt, that the government had a larger agenda.

Last week, Tajikistan's government hosted a high-level international water conference. Along with the platitudes that such conferences usually provide, the Tajikistan event was noteworthy for the participation of Uzbekistan. It wasn't the boilerplate diplomatic language (in Russian) used by Uzbekistan's delegate to the conference, the deputy minister for...

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

The Caucasus:

  • Armenia is reportedly buying Chinese-made multiple-launch rocket systems.Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, citing an unnamed military source in Armenia, said that Armenia is buying a number of AR1A systems, the latest move in an arms race between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Chinese rocket system is an updated version of the Russian Smerch, which Azerbaijan has

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Armenia has reportedly bought Chinese multiple-launch rocket systems, representing – if the reports are in fact true – the most significant entry to date by China in the defense market of the former Soviet Union. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, China is the fifth-largest arms exporter in the world. But despite the fact that China borders on several post-Soviet states, its arms sales and military aid to that part of the...

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