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Annually, the United States’ Central Command (CENTCOM) organizes several bilateral and multilateral exercises within its area of responsibility, which extends from Egypt to Central Asia (excludes Israel). These exercises range from simulated peacekeeping operations to countermine drills at sea. Below is a roundup of a number of these exercises carried out in 2013. This list provides basic details, with more information available by clicking on the hyperlinks provided.

Multilateral exercises:...

A roundup of 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:

  • The fourth United States-Uzbekistan Annual Bilateral Consultations took place at the State Department this week, with Uzbekistan’s foreign minister and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in attendance. According to a State Department release, issues discussed ranged from political development to regional security to human
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A roundup of 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:

  • Georgian officials held meetings with senior United States and NATO officials on the sidelines of the NATO foreign ministers meeting this week. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated that Georgia “moved much closer to NATO” and congratulated Georgia for its progress in implementing democratic and defense reforms. Following
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On December 3rd and 4th, NATO held an alliance-wide foreign ministers meeting, which addressed the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan and included a discussion with representatives from non-NATO ISAF participants. 

NATO assumed leadership of the ISAF operation in 2003, and while the majority of ISAF soldiers come from NATO member states, non-NATO states such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia...

As the United States prepares to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and vacate its air base in Kyrgyzstan starting next year, Russia is steadily increasing its military presence in neighboring Central Asia.

On November 10, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that his country would be reinforcing its presence at its military base in Tajikistan, the largest land forces base Moscow operates outside of Russia. The unit at the base, known as the 201st Military Base, was downgraded from a division to a brigade...

On November 6th, Tajikistan held presidential elections and, unsurprisingly, the incumbent President Emomali Rakhmon won a contest that was largely devoid of competition. The United States Department of State concurred with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) which...

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