The Diplomat

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 00:00
In this article by SAM’s former intern Ian Wallace, he discusses why the US, Russia, and China are providing Tajikistan with counternarcotics security assistance, and why that aid is contributing to a quasi state-run drug cartel.
Monday, July 31, 2017 - 11:31
This blog discusses why Kabul and Washington must rethink their current strategy and address inherent problems in their approach to building the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 08:12
The Indian government this week has cleared the purchase of made-in-India military hardware including new military aircraft, unnamed aerial vehicles and tanks under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s so-called Make in India initiative, according to local media reports.
Monday, August 1, 2016 - 15:06
The military and technical capacities of the Islamic State have been weakened by series of defeats on the battlefield. As a result, some fighters who fought on the side of the so-called Caliphate have begun to return clandestinely to Central Asia. Following the liberation of Fallujah and Manbij in Iraq and Aleppo in Syria, the number of extremists returning to their home countries is increasing. With the return of these now-veterans fighters, the threat of terrorist attacks has increased, causing deep concerns among the ruling regimes in Central Asia.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 06:55
Warming security ties between Iran and Turkmenistan could have long-lasting implications. After their bilateral meeting, Rouhani declared that Iran and Turkmenistan needed to expand their security partnership, because both countries have common interests in counter-terrorism, containing Islamic extremism, and curbing drug trafficking.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 06:54
Analysis of ISIS activities over the past two months shows that as they are weakened by defeats on the battlefield, jihadists have begun to change their recruitment tactics, particularly with regard to efforts targeted at Central Asia.
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 08:34
Dushanbe says the right things in international forums, but hasn’t made measurable progress in fulfilling its rights commitments.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 07:13
A number of countries offered clear criticisms of Tajikistan’s human rights record. The focus of the deepest criticisms emanating, notably, from Western countries were on Dushanbe treatment of political opposition–the IRPT, Group 24, and their lawyers–as well as crackdowns on media, and use of torture.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 07:35
Uzbekistan’s weakening economic position provides Russia with an opportunity to consolidate a durable trade partnership with Tashkent. Closer Russian economic ties with Uzbekistan could also result in tighter bilateral security cooperation.
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 07:57
The sale of eight U.S. F-16s to Pakistan has run into troubled waters with Congress blocking the release of funds towards the deal. Under the earlier agreement between the United States and Pakistan, approximately $430 million of the $700 million bill for the F-16s was to be paid by Washington.