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Tag: Central Asia

What to make of OSCE’s status downgrade in Kyrgyzstan

In September 2016, the Kyrgyz government expressed its intention to change the status of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) Representation in Kyrgyzstan from an OSCE Centre to a prospective OSCE Programme Office. The change is envisaged to take place in January 2017.

November 30, 2016 - Kanykey Bayalieva-Jailobaeva

The strike against the Chinese embassy in Bishkek: Uyghur separatists, ISIS or somebody else?

The question of terrorism in Central Asia has been long relevant – especially if we take into consideration the existence and actions of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), which for more than two decades has been challenging the regime of Islam Karimov and most probably will continue to be a challenge for his successor. IMU has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and a number of Uzbeks are fighting along ISIS. Moreover, Russian speakers constitute the third most numerous and influential group within the organisation.

October 6, 2016 - Tatyana Dronzina

Making Sense of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s Enlargement

The conversion of India and Pakistan into full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) during the summit in Tashkent highlights the importance of the stabilisation of the wider Asian region. This will be the organisation's first ever enlargement since its inception in 2001 when Uzbekistan, having no direct border with China, was impressed by the Shanghai Five's performance in reducing conflict potential along China’s border with the Central Asian states. Having observed the organisation's growing potential Uzbekistan chose to join. At this point the the group changed its name to the SCO and outlined principles that would shape their fair and mutually beneficial cooperation. The chief principle was the status of partners. Introducing equality to the region, formerly dominated by Russian-led blocs, critically separated the SCO from any other organisation.

June 20, 2016 - David Erkomaishvili

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