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As such, it is still unclear how much Afghanistan’s neighbors can benefit from the United States’ Excess Defense Articles program. 

The United States is searching for possible sites for drone bases in Central Asia, the Los Angeles Times reported, while a Central Asia analyst recently released a report stating U.S. military training may pose a threat to regional security. Below is a roundup of these stories and some of the other top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week:

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The United States is making contingency plans to place an armed drone base in Central Asia in the case that the government of Afghanistan doesn't allow the U.S. military to stay in the country past 2014, the Los Angeles Times (LAT) has reported. The U.S. wants to maintain the ability to carry out attacks against militants in Pakistan, and if it is forced to vacate Afghanistan, the next best option may be Central Asia. If that does come to pass, it wouldn't be the first time that the U.S...

While State Department officials were in Tajikistan this week to discuss law enforcement and border security cooperation with the country’s Drug Control Agency, the Department’s top counternarcotics official admitted in a Congressional hearing that the Central Asian states have not always met the United States’ desired level of collaboration on this issue. Below is a roundup of these stories and some of the other top articles and news highlights from around Central Eurasia over the last week:

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In mid January the United States Congress passed the FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, an Omnibus bill that appropriates funds for all government departments, including the Departments of State and Defense. The last time Congress passed a comprehensive Omnibus bill was the FY2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act. A close look at both bills can provide useful insights into U.S. policy goals for the upcoming year, and how those goals may...

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