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ЕС, ЕврАзЭС, Индия, ИРИ, ИРП, КНР, Корея, КСА, НАТО, ОБСЕ, ОДКБ, ОИС, ООН, РФ, СНГ, США, Турция, Франция, ФРГ, ШОС, Япония // Знаки понимающим / Connecting the Dots & Recording the Trends in and around Central Asia / Ссылки предоставлены исключительно для исследовательских целей / Куратор читает предмет по мировой политике
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Прогноз погоды синоптиков "Ахборот" не соответствует действительности - Новый век

Прогноз погоды синоптиков "Ахборот" не соответствует действительности - Новый век | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

у многих горожан имеются домашние термометры, которые в указанные дни показали до + 45 градусов в тени. А вот жители столицы, подъезжающие к Ташкенту со стороны Ипподрома, заметили, что столбик термометра твердо держался на отметке в  + 50 градусов. И все по Цельсию…

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Samarkand named as one of the 50 destinations on Earth you need to visit in your lifetime - HuffPost

Samarkand named as one of the 50 destinations on Earth you need to visit in your lifetime - HuffPost | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

41.) Samarkand, Uzbekistan - Samarkand is an ancient Silk Road city and the madrasas and mosaics of the monumental Registan square are among the world's most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture. (Photo by Sonia R. Salces)  

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As US pulls back, regional powers look to play larger role in Afghanistan - Stars & Stripes

As US pulls back, regional powers look to play larger role in Afghanistan - Stars & Stripes | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it
Though they all have a stake in a truly stable Afghanistan, it’s an open question whether regional powers will be able to put aside their rivalries and work toward achieving that goal.
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Noto‘g‘ri guvohlik berish va yolg‘onchilik / On false witness

Noto‘g‘ri guvohlik berish va yolg‘onchilik / On false witness | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

Noto‘g‘ri guvohlik berish, yolg‘on guvohlik berish ulkan gunohdir. Chunki yolg‘on guvohlik berish oqibatida haq bukilib, botil bo‘y ko‘rsatadi.

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Joshua Kucera. The Tajiks' Forgotten War - NYTimes OpEd

Joshua Kucera. The Tajiks' Forgotten War - NYTimes OpEd | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

The arrest of a young researcher in southeastern Tajikistan portends the escalation of a local conflict the government would like to wish away. Mr. Sodiqov is now believed to be in the custody of the G.K.N.B. He has not been seen since his arrest, except in an interview broadcast on local television that was heavily edited in an apparent attempt to discredit both Mr. Sherzamonov and the Aga Khan, the Ismaili spiritual leader, whom the government fears as an alternate source of authority among the Pamiris. As of June 25, close to 1,900 Central Asia scholars had signed an open letter expressing concerns over Mr. Sodiqov’s safety. He is 31 years old and married with a young daughter. If convicted of treason and espionage, he faces 20 years in prison. And all that because, as the political scientist Parviz Mullojonov wrote last week in the Tajik newspaper Asia Plus, Mr. Sodiqov became a victim of the government’s “search for external enemies” to explain its internal problems. 

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Special Assistant to the U.S. President on Russia and Eurasia Celeste Wallander visited Uzbekistan

Special Assistant to the U.S. President on Russia and Eurasia Celeste Wallander visited Uzbekistan | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

The conversation also served for an exchange of views on other issues of shared interest, including the developments in Afghanistan and their repercussions on regional processes. 

 

Photo credit http://photos.state.gov/galleries/uzbekistan/104189/celestewallander/05.JPG

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Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan is one of the 33 referees officiating at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan is one of the 33 referees officiating at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

Meet Ravshan Irmatov from Uzbekistan. You know the players, you know the coaches. Now get to know the 33 referees officiating at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Brazil.

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Олег Голишников: Центральная Азия на прицеле Китая: последствия для России - GlobalAffairs.Ru

Олег Голишников: Центральная Азия на прицеле Китая: последствия для России - GlobalAffairs.Ru | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

Политика КНР в отношении Центральной Азии формируется под влиянием различных факторов – как внутренних, так и внешних, при сохранении устойчивых тенденций привязывания региона к собственному развитию. Драйверами этой политики остаются: удовлетворение все возрастающих собственных энергетических потребностей, нахождение дополнительного рынка сбыта китайских товаров; обеспечение «сбалансированного» развития своих западных территорий. Немаловажное значение для Китая имеет борьба с сепаратистскими и экстремистско-террористическими группами в регионе, особенно на фоне сохранения очагов «нестабильности» в СУАР в связке с неопределенностью развития ситуации в Афганистане после 2014 года.

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Конец халяве конторам ПРООН? UNDP Plans Lay-Offs, Salary Cuts and Demotions - Inter Press Service

Конец халяве конторам ПРООН? UNDP Plans Lay-Offs, Salary Cuts and Demotions - Inter Press Service | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

“If implemented as envisaged, it will be one of the largest mass-scale U.N. firings in living memory,” a senior U.N. staffer told IPS. “We never had it so bad because all those staffers who lose their jobs and their G-4 visas will have to go back to their home countries,” he added. Barbara Tavora-Jainchill, president of the U.N. Staff Union, told IPS her union, which oversees the interests of staffers in the U.N. secretariat and field operations, is concerned about the “structural review” currently being undertaken by the UNDP administration. “We understand, this may cause demotions as well as the loss of at least 30 percent of jobs in their New York Headquarters and, we just heard, several security-related posts in the field, as well,” she said.

 
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Latvia opens Uzbekistan to the world

Latvia opens Uzbekistan to the world | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it
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Stephen Blank: Crimean Lessons for Central Asia - The Diplomat

Stephen Blank: Crimean Lessons for Central Asia - The Diplomat | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

The lessons from Russia’s actions in Ukraine in recent months are disturbing for Central Asia. Similarly the equally unresolved Uzbek succession issue and the visible domestic tensions there may now be put aside by an Uzbek elite who can clearly recognize what its Kazakh alter ego has probably grasped, namely that weakness and discord invites  Russian military pressure if not intervention and there is nobody to rescue Uzbekistan from Moscow. The Central Asian implications of the Ukrainian crisis also show us that the United States still has no adequate Central Asian policy and cannot be counted on in a crisis. If it will not do anything robust for Ukraine, with whom it had a major agreement assuring Ukraine’s integrity, what can and will Washington do for Central Asia, especially after it is withdrawing from Afghanistan? Undoubtedly Central Asian governments are pondering that question and as the EU downgrades its exposure in the region for its own reasons, its less than stellar response to Ukraine makes it look even more unreliable. Kipling and the Victorians are long gone but nobody should labor under the illusion that the Great Game has died or that Central Asia is a backwater of world affairs with which we do not have to be concerned. Indeed, given all the potential threats to its security,  we should not be surprised if the next act of the drama that Putin began in Crimea takes place there.

 


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NATO reinforces cooperation with Uzbekistan by basing a NATO Liaison Officer - nato.int

NATO reinforces cooperation with Uzbekistan by basing a NATO Liaison Officer - nato.int | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

Building on a solid relationship that dates back to 1992, NATO has recently reinforced its cooperation with Uzbekistan by basing a NATO Liaison Officer for Central Asia in Tashkent. The NATO Liaison Officer is responsible for facilitating NATO’s engagement with all of the countries in Central Asia:  Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The officer has been appointed since March 2013 and the office was officially opened during the visit of the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative. There was a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony with a representative of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan and a reception co-hosted by the Italian Embassy, which serves as the NATO Contact Point Embassy in Uzbekistan. During his visit, Mr Appathurai also addressed students of the Academy of State Governance under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on “NATO, Central Asia, and Afghanistan”, with a focus on the post-2014 security environment. He stressed the importance of cooperation – both practical and political – as key to addressing the threats of violent extremism, criminality, weapons- and narco-trafficking, and terrorism.

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Президент Ислам Каримов примет участие в саммите СВМДА в Шанхае

Президент Ислам Каримов примет участие в саммите СВМДА в Шанхае | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

Совещание по взаимодействию и мерам доверия в Азии (СВМДА) - международный форум, объединяющий государства азиатского континента, который ставит перед собой задачу укрепления взаимоотношений и сотрудничества азиатских государств в целях обеспечения стабильности и безопасности в регионе. Идея о созыве Совещания была впервые представлена президентом Казахстана Нурсултаном Назарбаевым на 47-й сессии Генеральной Ассамблеи ООН в октябре 1992 года. Первый саммит СВМДА был проведен в 2002 году.

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"Brain drain" level in Uzbekistan is appalling

"Brain drain" level in Uzbekistan is appalling | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

Anhor.uz: Узбекистан и Молдова стали лидерами среди стран СНГ по уровню «утечки мозгов». По итогам 2013 года Узбекистан получил 6,6 баллов из 10, что характеризует «утечку мозгов» в республике как довольно высокую и продолжительную на протяжении длительного периода времени. Данные оценки приводятся в рейтинге «недееспособных» государств мира (Failed States Index), который составлен Американским журналом Foreign Policy и общественной организацией The Fund for Peace. Наилучшее положение среди стран СНГ по уровню «утечки мозгов» занимают Беларусь и Казахстан. В данных республиках зафиксирован наименьший балл по оттоку человеческого капитала из стран: 3,7 и 3,8 баллов соответственно.

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Скажи "Жок!" Кыргызстан глазами волонтеров Корпуса Мира США - Дело№.КГ

Скажи "Жок!" Кыргызстан глазами волонтеров Корпуса Мира США - Дело№.КГ | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

От редакции "Дело №…": странное ощущение оставляют эти "уникальные" наблюдения, не правда ли? Почему-то кыргызская КУЛЬТУРА в восприятии волонтёров Корпуса мира США и их наставников сводится к варварским. Словом, на взгляд американских волонтёров, приехали они в дикую страну, которую им - носителям "высокой американской культуры" - цивилизовывать и цивилизовывать. Жаль, что не увидели ничего хорошего в жизни кыргызов и Кыргызстана. С другой стороны, и в наблюдательности волонтёрам Корпуса мира США не откажешь. А нам, кыргызстанцам, порой полезно взглянуть на себя со стороны - глазами иностранца. Чтобы задуматься: а правильно ли мы живём? И чтобы вспомнить простую истину: как мы относимся сами к себе, так будут относиться и к нам. Народ, имеющий собственное достоинство (а оно проявляется во всём - в том числе и в образе жизни), не даст повода всевозможным "цивилизаторам" обращаться с собой как с подопытными кроликами. Которых можно втравливать в революции, междоусобицы и войны, под шумок захватывая ресурсы страны.

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Saipov's short essays on strategies of the EU, Russia and US in Eurasia

Saipov's short essays on strategies of the EU, Russia and US in Eurasia | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it
The new EU deal may mark formalization of the beginning of the end of Russia’s sphere of influence in key countries of Caucasus and South Eastern Europe, in effect narrowing Russia’s area of responsibility to within its own borders. The strategy that serves the velikoderzhavnost ideology involves three key actions: further consolidate its diverse and fragmented political and ethnic entities, attempt to culturally assimilate the yet-to-be-integrated peripheral regions, and push forward and enter expansively into post-Soviet spheres of influence. No matter how nuanced it may sound, the conceptual framework of velikoderzhavnost is, at its core, an attempt to resurrect its deconstructed identity of the past.
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Русская православная церковь готовит издание Библии на узбекском языке для раздачи мигрантам - МК

Русская православная церковь готовит издание Библии на узбекском языке для раздачи мигрантам - МК | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it
Русская православная церковь (РПЦ) готовит издание Библии на узбекском языке для раздачи мигрантам. В Библии полторы тысячи страниц. Придя в свою конуру (со стройки, с рынка, со двора), бетонщик, продавщица, дворник не будут смотреть вредный телевизор, а будут читать полезное.
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Pakistan launches operation 'Zarb-e-Azb' targeting IMU militants in North Waziristan - Dawn

Pakistan launches operation 'Zarb-e-Azb' targeting IMU militants in North Waziristan - Dawn | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

The all important announcement came after overnight air strikes by Pakistani jets that killed more than 50 foreign militants, mostly Uzbeks, in North Waziristan.

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Two Arab countries fall apart - The Economist

Two Arab countries fall apart - The Economist | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

The regimes of Mr Assad in Syria and Mr Maliki in Iraq have played into ISIS’s hands by stoking up sectarian resentment among Sunni Arabs, who are a majority of more than 70% in Syria and a minority of around a fifth in Iraq, where they had been dominant under Saddam Hussein. But Mr Assad has cannily left ISIS alone, rightly guessing it would start fighting against the more mainstream rebels, to the regime’s advantage. And he has highlighted the horrors of ISIS to the West, as the spectre of what may come next were he to fall.

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IMU involved in suicide assault on Karachi airport - The Long War Journal

IMU involved in suicide assault on Karachi airport - The Long War Journal | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan said it executed the June 9 suicide assault on a terminal at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi that killed at least 18 Pakistanis, including 11 security personnel, and 10 jihadists. Usman Ghazi, the emir of the IMU, issued a statement on the group's website claiming credit for the deadly attack, which had forced the Pakistanis to shut down flights at the airport for 12 hours. Ghazi's statement was obtained by the SITE Intelligence Group.

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Last U.S. personnel leaving Transit Center at Manas

Last U.S. personnel leaving Transit Center at Manas | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

The hub in Romania is also ideally suited for supporting missions in Central and South Asia, an official with U.S. Transportation Command told Air Force Times in April. For most of the war in Afghanistan, Manas had been a major transit hub for U.S. troops headed to and returning from Afghanistan, but the U.S. lease on the base expires this month because the Kyrgyz parliament voted last year to end the lease. The last passengers flew from Manas to Afghanistan on Feb. 28.

  
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Where three is a crowd. Introducing the Eurasian Economic Union - The Economist

Where three is a crowd. Introducing the Eurasian Economic Union - The Economist | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it
The oversized table in Astana’s Palace of Independence could seat delegations from at least 15 former Soviet republics. But it was only set for three. Much to the disappointment of the assembled strongmen, Ukraine—long seen as crucial to the party—didn’t show up. Nonetheless, the three founding members of the customs union—Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan—signed a treaty on May 29th paving the way for the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) to be wheeled out on January 1st. Its resource-rich constituent economies have a GDP of $2.7 trillion economy to support a population of 170m. The EEU was supposed to be a counterweight to the European Union and the West. That is now looking unlikely. Still its establishment will mark a diplomatic triumph for Vladimir Putin.
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Clingendael scholar writes about EU/NATO engagement with SCO in Afghan line that I laid down 3 yrs ago

Clingendael scholar writes about EU/NATO engagement with SCO in Afghan line that I laid down 3 yrs ago | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it
This could also lay the foundations for intensified EU/NATO cooperation with the SCO, reduce mutual suspicion and distrust and even improve relations with China – the superpower of the Asia-Pacific region. It is evident that now is the time to develop EU/NATO joint action with the SCO, starting in Afghanistan. https://www.academia.edu/3538419/_6_3_Possible_difficulties_in_implementation_of_6_3_initiative_and_perspectives_of_cooperation_of_NATO_on_the_SCOs_Afghan_line_in_Russian_
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How Russia's Journalists Serve the Fatherland - The Moscow Times

How Russia's Journalists Serve the Fatherland - The Moscow Times | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

In the West, journalists are given awards for fighting the government. In Russia, they are awarded for serving it. By awarding state-controlled journalists for their "objectivity," it was almost as if the Kremlin went out of its way to mock itself and the award recipients. Even the Soviet Union, which was notorious for honoring journalists and other professions with numerous medals of honor, never awarded their propagandists for "objectivity." You know things are truly bad in Russia when the Soviet Union appears more honest.

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NYET MEANS NYET: RUSSIA'S NATO ENLARGEMENT REDLINES - Feb 1, 2008 Classified by Amb William J. Burns

NYET MEANS NYET: RUSSIA'S NATO ENLARGEMENT REDLINES - Feb 1, 2008 Classified by Amb William J. Burns | CENTRAL ASIAN STRATEGIES | Scoop.it

From the U.S. Embassy in Moscow: Russia's opposition to NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia is both emotional and based on perceived strategic concerns about the impact on Russia's interests in the region. It is also politically popular to paint the U.S. and NATO as Russia's adversaries and to use NATO's outreach to Ukraine and Georgia as a means of generating support from Russian nationalists. While Russian opposition to the first round of NATO enlargement in the mid-1990's was strong, Russia now feels itself able to respond more forcefully to what it perceives as actions contrary to its national interests. BURNS

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