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

Central Asia:

  • Authorities in Pakistan have threatened to close the border with Afghanistan to United States and NATO military forces following a CIA drone attack that killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban. A previous closure, in

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

The Caucasus and Turkey:

  • Azerbaijan replaced its long-serving defense minister, Safar Abiyev, as well as two other top Defense Ministry officials. Abiyev, who had served since 1995, was replaced by Zakir Hasanov, the head of the “Internal Troops” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Abiyev

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For the last several years, Central Asia has been a key partner for the United States in the transportation of military cargo to and from Afghanistan. But recently the region's role has begun to shift, and due to the difficulty of working in Central Asia and the enhanced cooperation of Pakistan, Central Asia is becoming increasingly marginal to the war effort in Afghanistan.

In 2009, the U.S. began setting up transportation routes through Central Asia to Afghanistan, which collectively became...

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

Central Asia:

  • American officials are reportedly close to an agreement to move some operations from the United States’ air base in Kyrgyzstan to Romania. AFP quoted U.S. officials that “the final details are being worked out” to set up the transit of troops in and out of Afghanistan at the Mihail

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry visited Kabul over the weekend in an attempt to work out a deal on keeping American and allied forces in the country after next year. Kerry worked out a preliminary deal – known as the Bilateral Security Agreement – with Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai that would allow a training force (likely of 5,000 to 10,000 foreign troops) in the country after the current combat mission (totaling about 87,000 troops) ends next year. While the implications for the U.S.-...

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

Central Asia:

  • On a visit to Tajikistan, the speaker of Russia's parliament Sergey Naryshkin, reportedly began talks on Russia’s use of the Ayni air base outside the capital of Dushanbe. Naryshkin visited as the lower house of the Tajikistan parliament's ratified an agreement for a land base for Russia's 201st motorized rifle division, and the Russian military wants to use Ayni as an air complement to that land base, according to a
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