Foreign Relations

Central Asian valley where borders dissolve in grassroots cooperation
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Central Asian valley where borders dissolve in grassroots cooperation

Located at the heart of Central Asia between Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the Ferghana Valley brings together an ethnic mix from these states born out of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. As the imaginary borders of Soviet times became real after independence, fragmentation has led to tension and even conflict. In the two decades between 1989 and 2009, some 20 conflicts took place in the valley. A recent academic study speaks of 164 border incidents between 2010 and 2013, while over the course of 2014 alone, the Kyrgyzstan Border Troops Information Department registered a total of 37 border incidents in the region.

Fine line: religion and intolerance
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Fine line: religion and intolerance

A prayer for world peace of representatives of different religions was held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The prayer lasted only a few minutes and the message sent by the clergy was clear. Dozens of states on the planet now need peace and stability, while the situation is getting worse every day.

Terror Threat Turns Inward on Central Asia
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Terror Threat Turns Inward on Central Asia

Central Asian countries’ reputation as exporters of radicalized extremists appears to be giving way to one marked by a growing threat of terrorism domestically. A number of incidents in Tajikistan over the last year highlight the problem of increasing militant activity that targets both foreign and national interests. Several factors—the Islamic State’s shift in focus toward Afghanistan following losses in Iraq and Syria; growing Chinese influence in Central Asia; and ongoing repression by authoritarian governments—point toward a more widespread threat, however, that is likely to affect the region as a whole.

4-12-2018, 13:29