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This week, the counternarcotics situation on the Tajik-Afghan border featured prominently during talks at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Moreover, new data published on global arms transfers showed a significant increase of arms imported by Azerbaijan. Below are some of the top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week:

Top stories from Central Asia and the South Caucasus:

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The INCSR provides a descriptive look at United States counternarcotics assistance to various regions, as well as the state of drug trends, policies and corruption for each individual country in 2013.

The closure of the Manas Transit Center and the termination of a military cooperation agreement between Kyrgyzstan and the United States will likely lead to a decline in security cooperation activities between the countries, according to Central Command’s annual posture statement. Below is a roundup of these stories and some of the other top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week:

Top stories from Central Asia and the South Caucasus:

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The first two months of 2014 saw a number of arms agreements and rumored agreements by Middle Eastern countries, which have been rapidly increasing their defense budgets over the past few years. The deals included a sale of American Apache helicopters to Iraq, a rumored agreement between Russia and Egypt, and international interest in Turkey’s UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), among others, altogether amounting to a potential $13 billion in transactions. Below are...

The United States is searching for possible sites for drone bases in Central Asia, the Los Angeles Times reported, while a Central Asia analyst recently released a report stating U.S. military training may pose a threat to regional security. Below is a roundup of these stories and some of the other top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week:

Top hits from Central Asia and the South Caucasus:

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