Central Asia

Can Petraeus repeat the Iraq story?

A stronger United States President than Barack Obama would have probably given a dressing down to his commander in Afghanistan Stanley McChrystal for his team’s indiscretion in making tendentious remarks to the embedded journalist from Rolling Stone magazine, and then ordered him to get on with his job of “degrading” […]

The Afghan Drug Threat As It Is

Alexander BARENTSEV (Russia) On 9-10 June Moscow hosted the forum ‘Afghan Drug Production-a Challenge to the International Community’. The event brought together participants from over 40 countries, including delegates from the UN, SCO, CSTO, NATO. Among the high-ranking participants there were Mr. Antonio Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office […]

Afghanistan’s Donor Strategy Crisis

Rudik ISKUZHIN (Russia) On commission from the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (March 2010 session of the Committee on Social and Cultural Issues in Palau), a delegation from the Russian Parliament began addressing the effectiveness of international financial aid in the reconstruction of Afghanistan in conjunction with Afghan Members of Parliament. As […]

Osh Massacre and International Politics

Andrei ARESHEV (Russia) The massacre in Osh, a city in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan, will have far-reaching consequences for entire Central Asia. There is an array of causes behind the recent developments in Kyrgyzstan. Some of the watchers charge that the clashes were provoked by supporters of the ousted […]

Outside Agitation In Kyrgyzstan

Peter CHAMBERLIN (USA) In Kyrgyzstan, we see the democratic-revolutionary counterpart to America’s “intelligence-driven wars”—rumor-driven confrontations. It can be clearly seen in the so-called “ethnic-conflict” in southern Kyrgyzstan, where ethnic and cultural differences are being amplified by unknown forces firing machine guns from untagged vehicles, young women and old ladies screaming […]

Nuclear Factor in International Relations and the “Iranian Problem”

Viktor KOVALEV (Russia) The international politics is increasingly revolving around the nuclear theme. A meltdown of the regime set by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was absolutely predictable. Due to its discriminatory character, the Treaty could not prevent the “horizontal proliferation”, the process which turned Israel, India, Pakistan, N. Korea, and […]