Uzbekistan: President Karimov’s Illness Forces Decision on Succession

by Joanna Lillis Only a few crumbs of information have been provided so far about the state of health of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov. The biggest bombshell was dropped on Instagram by Karimov’s daughter, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, who revealed on August… Continue Reading  

U.S. Signals Greater Focus On Central Asian Security

by Joshua Kucera The U.S.’s primary interests in Central Asia are making sure the region doesn’t become a terrorist sanctuary and protecting it from Russian influence, a senior State Department official has testified. The statement suggests a shift in Washington… Continue Reading  

In Another Central Asian Security Crisis, Moscow Again Stands Aside

by Joshua Kucera A security crisis in Central Asia has yet again raised questions about the efficacy of Russia’s post-Soviet security bloc, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, to maintain peace in the region.

Kyrgyzstan: Fresh Dawn Looming for Ties with US

by Peter Leonard Speculation is mounting that Kyrgyzstan wants to repair relations with the United States after a dispute over human rights torpedoed ties last summer.

Central Asia Spurning All Anti-Terror Coalition Suitors

by Joshua Kucera In the two weeks since Saudi Arabia announced that it was forming a yet another “coalition” to combat Islamist terror, the allegiances of the former Soviet states have come under increasing scrutiny. All of them, however, appear… Continue Reading