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In the past few years, with little media attention or Congressional debate, the United States has engaged in record levels of weapons exports, many of them to the conflict-ridden Middle East and Persian Gulf region.  U.S. arms sales agreements topped $60 billion last year, and in 2011, the last year for which full global statistics are available, U.S. corporate and governmental transfers accounted for three-quarters of the global...

Border violence continued to plague Central Eurasia this week, as tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan increased ahead of the foreign ministers’ meeting in Paris today, and Russia expanded its security zone into Georgian breakaway territory ahead of the Sochi Olympics. 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:

Top Stories from Central Asia and the South Caucasus:

  • Armenia and Azerbaijan reported countless ceasefire violations this week, after an 
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2013 was an eventful year in the Caucasus and Central Asia, as the United States and NATO prepared to pull their military forces out of Afghanistan, Russia strengthened its military presence in the region, and tensions mounted on various fronts in the Caucasus.

The Eviction from Manas. Probably the biggest story from the region in 2013, especially from a United States-centric perspective, was the Kyrgyzstan government's eviction of the U.S. from its air...

Egypt featured heavily in the Middle East and North Africa news cycle this past week, as Egyptians approved a new constitution and U.S. lawmakers proposed fully restoring assistance to the country. Below is a roundup of those stories and some of the other top articles and news highlights from around the region over the last week:

United States policy:

  • The omnibus spending bill (pdf) that
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Events in Central Eurasian this week highlighted both the absent role of one regional security body, the CSTO, in the border clashes between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and the controversy surrounding Georgia’s entry into another security body, NATO. 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:

Top Stories from Central Asia and the South Caucasus:

  • Officials
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Below is 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:

  • United States Deputy Assistance Secretary of Defense, Evelyn Farkas, and other U.S. defense officials from European Command, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, and the Kansas National Guard traveled to Armenia on Wednesday. In meetings with Armenia’s defense and
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