U.S. Intervention in Afghanistan: Implications for Central Asia

Just when it looked the Central Asian countries were facing the growing joint political hegemony of Russia and China in the region, the events of September 11 opened the door to an increased and indefinite-term U.S. military presence.

Abkhazia Again: The UN Helicopter Shootdown

Trouble afoot in Abkhaz, UN plane shot down

The Anti-Terrorist Coalition: A “New World Order” Redux?

Just as the post-cold war transition to a new international system seemed to be ending, the terrorist acts of September 11 and the U.S. responses have re-opened the question of Central Asia’s strategic orientation and, through that, the structure of the e

Cozying up to Karimov?

For the U.S. to be visibly identified with the Karimov regime is a danger both to U.S. interests in the region and to the progressive evolution of society and politics in Uzbekistan.

What Bin Laden and Global Warming Have in Common

Global warming is an example of an environmental issue that is perhaps not as obviously vital to national interests as terrorism, but which–like terrorism–has the potential to affect the entire world and not just the United States.

The Slovenia Summit: Bush Meets Putin

After handshakes and statements of good will, the two sides will return home, each with its own fish to fry elsewhere.

The Key West Conference on Nagorno-Karabakh: Preparing Peace In the South Caucasus?

The upcoming meeting in Key West is part of a continuing attempt to settle the conflict between the two countries over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Islamic Militancy in Central Asia: What Is To Be Done?

he major part of the ICG report compiles information from the past few years about the activities of militant groups–including, but not limited to, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), which has garnered perhaps the greatest publicity of all such gr

Just What Is “GUUAM” Anyway?

If there are any real effects on energy transport from the activities of the GUUAM group, then these will come through practical measures implemented in specific sectors.

U.S. Policy Must Be Sensitive to Ukraine’s Balancing Act

A wise U.S. foreign policy would be one that is sensitive to Ukraine’s function as a bridge between Russia and the Western military alliance.

The Unanticipated Consequences of Policy Blindness: Why Even Belarus Matters

A dangerous blind spot in the incoming administration’s view of Russian affairs is its inadequate understanding of the significance of the newly independent states.

A First Glance at the New Administration’s Policy Toward Russia

It is difficult to say what any new administration’s policy will be by the end of the president’s term of office.