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A commander in the U.S. Army Sustainment Command confirmed this week that the military would begin shifting operations from the Manas Transit Center to Romania next month, while the head of Central Command’s Special Operations department visited the region to discuss cooperation with Tajikistan’s special forces. 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:...

On January 11 NATO celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Program, its chief cooperation program with non-NATO members in Europe and Central Asia. The State Department marked the anniversary by stating, “Partnership for Peace and other partnership programs have strengthened NATO by adding diversity and political insight while expanding its security reach.” In fact, the United...

Border violence continued to plague Central Eurasia this week, as tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan increased ahead of the foreign ministers’ meeting in Paris today, and Russia expanded its security zone into Georgian breakaway territory ahead of the Sochi Olympics. 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:

  • Armenia and Azerbaijan reported countless ceasefire violations this week, after an 
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Egypt featured heavily in the Middle East and North Africa news cycle this past week, as Egyptians approved a new constitution and U.S. lawmakers proposed fully restoring assistance to the country. Below is a roundup of those stories and some of the other top articles and news highlights from around the region over the last week:

United States policy:

  • The omnibus spending bill (pdf) that
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Events in Central Eurasian this week highlighted both the absent role of one regional security body, the CSTO, in the border clashes between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and the controversy surrounding Georgia’s entry into another security body, NATO. 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:

  • Officials
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Numerous incidents in 2013 forced the United States to make important and divisive policy choices, from whether to cut-off assistance to one of the top recipients of U.S. aid (Egypt) to whether to arm the rebels fighting Syrian president Bashar al Assad. As we move through the first month of 2014 and start to think about what this year might bring us, we want to take a step back to highlight a few events that make it to the top of our list for 2013. Below is such a roundup, which highlights events that in one way or another influenced US security policy and/or security assistance toward...

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