The New York Attack, Trump’s Outbursts, and Misconceptions About Terrorism

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by Paul R. Pillar Donald Trump’s tweets in response to the terrorist attack along a bike path in Manhattan demonstrated some of what we already knew all too well about the president, but they also reflected more widely shared and… Continue Reading  

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

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by Joshua Kucera When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Washington in early May and met with United States President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and other senior officials, it was billed as a reaffirmation of the US’s… Continue Reading  

Effort to Force Closure of Gülen Schools Falling Flat in Eurasia

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by Elizabeth Owen As part of a wide-ranging clampdown in the aftermath of the failed July coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration has urged countries in Eurasia to shut down schools associated with the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen. But… Continue Reading  

With Uzbekistan’s Presidential Succession Underway, Putin to Drop By

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by Joshua Kucera Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to visit Uzbekistan on Tuesday, inserting himself into an ongoing presidential succession after the death of President Islam Karimov, the only president Uzbekistan has known. 

The Life and Legacy of Islam Karimov

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by Joanna Lillis Following days of uncertainty surrounding the fate of the septuagenarian strongman who ruled Uzbekistan for more than a quarter of a century, the suspense is over: Islam Karimov is dead. Uzbekistan’s government confirmed his death on September… Continue Reading