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This post was prepared by WOLA Intern Michael Pelzer.

  • On September 25th, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, raising the number of signatories to 107. The United States’ signature of this treaty

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On September 12, the Center for International Policy (CIP) presented the first in a series of events looking at the status of the United States’ security relationships around the world. Hosted by the Central Asia Program at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, a packed audience listened to Joshua Kucera, Erica Marat, and Abigail Poe outline some key areas in U.S.-Central Asia policy and introduce CIP’s new project, the Security Assistance...

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

Central Asia:

  • Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev visited NATO headquarters in Brussels, where he met with Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and discussed deepening cooperation. Rasmussen highlighted the possibility of increased cooperation on training

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China's primary forum for security cooperation in Central Asia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, held its annual summit last week in Kyrgyzstan's capital of Bishkek. The heads of state of nine countries attended, but behind all the grand pronouncements and lofty rhetoric a question stubbornly persisted: what is the organization for?

The SCO's origins were in the...

On Thursday September 12, USAID Assistant Administrator for Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal, testified at her nomination hearing to replace Robert Blake as the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs. Much of Biswal’s testimony focused on the United States’ priority of integrating Afghanistan with the broader South Central Asia region, especially in light of the impending U.S. withdrawal from the region, a point echoed in...

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

The Caucasus:

  • Iran's naval chief publicly criticized neighboring Azerbaijan for buying naval missiles from Israel. “We have announced many times that the Caspian Sea is the Sea of peace and friendship and the littoral states should provide its security through cooperation with each other but certain sides adopt such measures (purchasing Israeli missiles) through coordination with others,” 

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