Category Archives: Uzbekistan

Karimov Plays Double Game with Russia

Uzbekistan’s policy toward Russia in the past few months has been confusing, to say the least. With Tashkent seeming to toggle between harsh criticism and enthusiastic cooperation, analysts have begun to discuss what might be behind President Karimov’s inconsistencies. On November 30 Uzbekistan recalled its ambassador in Moscow, leaving the post vacant. Just a few [...]
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Uzbekistan Plunges Into Energy Crisis

The fall of 2015 has been marked by, among other things, one of the worst energy crises in the history of Uzbekistan. All major cities in the country are experiencing shortages of gas, electricity, and hot water. As residents line up for gasoline, dissatisfaction with Tashkent’s inaction is growing among Uzbeks. In October and November, [...]
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Why is Tashkent Becoming Overrun by Police?

In October, residents of Tashkent began to feel that Tashkent’s streets were suddenly filled up with police, and that other security measures were visibly being strengthened. Tashkent, where large numbers of policemen and permanent control have always been common, has become even more inhospitable, prompting speculation among commentators. The increase of security measures is continuing [...]
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US Embassy in Tashkent Attacked for First Time in 11 Years

On Monday, September 28, the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent was attacked. An unidentified man threw two incendiary bombs over the compound’s fence. No casualties or damage were reported, but the city is on high security alert while analysts attempt to determine the implications of the attack. This is the first attack on the U.S. embassy [...]
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Islamic State Continues to Threaten Weary Central Asia

As the U.S. belatedly aligns its Syrian foreign policy with Russia to coordinate operations against the Islamic State militants, farther east the IS threatens another government. The IS has ambitious plans for Afghanistan, but Taliban resistance, U.S. drone strikes, and a society less scarred by sectarianism have up to now stymied their attempts to repeat [...]
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