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Last week, Tajikistan's government hosted a high-level international water conference. Along with the platitudes that such conferences usually provide, the Tajikistan event was noteworthy for the participation of Uzbekistan. It wasn't the boilerplate diplomatic language (in Russian) used by Uzbekistan's delegate to the conference, the deputy minister for...

Armenia has reportedly bought Chinese multiple-launch rocket systems, representing – if the reports are in fact true – the most significant entry to date by China in the defense market of the former Soviet Union. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, China is the fifth-largest arms exporter in the world. But despite the fact that China borders on several post-Soviet states, its arms sales and military aid to that part of the...

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

Central Asia:

  • Russia's deputy defense minister has criticized the Western coalition for pulling out of Afghanistan too quickly, reported RIA Novosti. The International Security and Assistance Force “has been too hasty about making the final decision to pull out in 2014,” Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly

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The Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPs) appropriations bill provides annual appropriations for the 95% of U.S. security, humanitarian, bilateral economic assistance efforts generally considered part of the 150 International Affairs Budget Function. Last week, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved their respective fiscal year 14 SFOPs bills.

 

The two bills are nearly...

As the U.S. and NATO forces prepare to leave Afghanistan starting next year, a new buzzword has appeared in Central Asian capitals: “spillover.” This is the theory that, when coalition troops withdraw, the Afghanistan authorities won’t be able to maintain order, resulting in either civil war or the return of an Islamist government in Afghanistan. This could lead to various dangerous elements spilling over the border from Afghanistan into the ex-Soviet Central Asian states, including guns, drugs and radical Islamists. 

Borders in the region are porous, especially the 800-mile long...

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

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