On 4-5 April Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin will meet Uzbekistan's new leader Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Moscow at the invitation of Putin himself, Kremlin reports.
Since Shavkat Mirziyoyev's rise to power in Uzbekistan, following the death of its former autocratic leader Islam Karimov, experts said it would be naïve to expect any major changes in the country's politics, as well as reforms for better human rights and freedom of speech. The appointment of Shavkat Mirziyoyev right after Islam Karimov's death as Uzbekistan's new interim president reflects the country's closer ties with Russia, despite U.S. competition for influence in the strategic country
Central Asia is a critical crossroads: Trump administration must keep the U.S. a player in the region
Developing a new strategic approach to Central Asia is probably at the bottom of the Trump administration's foreign policy inbox. Not so in Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Kabul, Tokyo, Ankara and Brussels. This region, made up of the five "stans," is rapidly becoming an area of economic cooperation and strategic competition among America's friends and foes alike in what some have called a modern version of the 19th Century Great Game. The region sits squarely in the middle of the Eurasia heartland. It is time for the United States to pay attention.
Despite many challenges, it seems some measure of progress is being made across Central Asia. In numerous international metrics systems, the states of Central Asia often trend together toward the lower rungs of the rankings. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, for instance, sees all five Central Asian states come in among the bottom third globally. Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index, meanwhile, sees only Kyrgyzstan land within the top 100 nations, and only North Korea and Eritrea scoring worse than Turkmenistan.
One of the most populated countries of the region – Uzbekistan – is making first steps under the leadership of the new President – Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who assumed office in mid-December last year.
According to Reuters, "Georgian police on Wednesday arrested an American citizen wanted in Uzbekistan on charges of terrorism and were in the process of extraditing him," the media said quoting the ministry of internal affairs of Georgia.
The bribery map released by www.vividmaps.com shows percentage of households who paid a bribe to access basic services across Europe and Central Asia.