Joshua Kucera

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 05:32
State Department officials have defended the provision of armored vehicles to Uzbekistan against criticism that it is irresponsible to reward a government with such a poor record of treating its citizens, while more military aid to Tashkent appears to be in the works.
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 05:51
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to visit all five Central Asian republics next week; the visit is expected to focus on energy cooperation but will also seek to boost India's growing military ties in the region.
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 06:02
Azerbaijan has inaugurated a new base for its navy on the Caspian Sea, which it calls "the largest and most modern military object in the Caspian basin."
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 06:15
Uzbekistan appears to have bought four military transport aircraft from Airbus, as it continues to try to get new military equipment from Western partners.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 06:29
The State Department has released its annual "Country Reports on Terrorism" reviewing terrorism activity from the past year and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the ISIS is the overwhelming focus throughout the report, but also in the former Soviet Union.
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 05:33
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, tiny impoverished Kyrgyzstan became, somewhat improbably, a beacon of democratic progress in Central Asia.
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 06:25
Moscow is driven by the principle of "parity" in its arms supplies to rivals Armenia and Azerbaijan, a senior Russian defense official has said, in comments that are likely to further erode Armenia's confidence in its ostenible military ally, Russia.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 06:19
Georgia and France have finalized a blockbuster air defense deal that was the source of a major political crisis in Tbilisi last year.
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 06:11
A senior State Department official has downplayed the threat of Central Asian fighters joining ISIS amid heightened concerns after a high-ranking Tajikistan police official announced that he had joined the radical Islamist group.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 06:33
Armenians hold complex, at times contradictory views toward the Russian military base in their country, a new opinion poll has found.