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Keyword: Kyrgyzstan

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News & Analysis

Analyzing the Politics of Central Asia

Akhmet Makhmoudov

Jumada' al-Akhirah 24, 14402019-03-01

Despite the end of communism, the Central Asian republics are still controlled by family-based oligarchtes that continue to rule with an iron-fist. Dissent is ruthlessly suppressed.

Editor's Desk

Kyrgyzstan demonstrates how not to run a state

Editor

Jumada' al-Akhirah 18, 14312010-06-01

Last month witnessed more bloodletting in Kyrgyzstan, poorest of the Central Asian republics. Sandwiched between Russia, China, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, its borders were arbitrarily drawn up by Joseph Stalin...

Background

Lessons from Kyrgyz uprising

Maksud Djavadov

Jumada' al-Ula' 16, 14312010-05-01

While political elites in Central Asia, Russia and the West try to outwit each other and benefit from the revolt in Kyrgyzstan, the people of the former Soviet Union are studying the Kyrgyz revolt from a different perspective: to emulate it...

World

US pressuring Kazakhstan over Manas military and air base

Crescent International

Sha'ban 08, 14272006-09-01

Kyrgyzstan was an ally of the US during the 15-year rule of president Askar Aliyev, who was toppled in an unexpected uprising last year. By contrast the new president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was elected on July 10 to replace his predecessor (who had fled the country), has turned to Russia and China for support.

World

Kyrgyzstan’s president Bakayev aims to increase rent for US military base

Our Ankara Correspondent

Rabi' al-Thani 03, 14272006-05-01

Kyrgyzstan has become subject to both ethnic unrest and armed conflict between the ruling elites and Islamic groups. It is not, therefore, surprising that the corrupt and autocratic rulers of the Central Asian Muslim country have allowed both Russia and the US to maintain troops there as part of the international ‘war against terrorism'.

World

Little change likely in Kyrgyzstan after election of Kurmanbek Bakayev

M.S. Ahmed

Jumada' al-Akhirah 25, 14262005-08-01

The Muslims who had the courage to storm government offices and force president Askar Aliyev to flee Kyrgyzstan in March deserve better leaders than those replacing him after the election held on July 10. Both the new president, Kurmanbek Bakayev, and the prime minister, Felix Kulov, a former KGB officer, served as times in the Akayev government–sharing Akayev's subservience to Russia and animosity to Islam and Islamic activists, and displaying their readiness to live with corruption and practise it.

World

Angry Muslims force Askar Akayev to flee Kyrgyzstan after elections

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Thani 24, 14262005-06-01

The controlled elections in Kyrgyzstan on March 13, in which parties supporting president Askar Akayev routed opposition groups, turned out to be pivotal. Fearing that Akayev would extend his third term of office (due to expire late in the year) or transfer power to his two children (a son and daughter who were members of parliament), people organised street unrest that ended in his overthrow within a fortnight.

World

US established in Central Asia for the long term

M.A. Shaikh

Dhu al-Qa'dah 18, 14222002-02-01

The former Soviet republics of Central Asia are not teeming with US servicemen, but more than 1,000 troops are based in Uzbekistan, and US forces have been allowed to use air-bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

World

Kyrgyzstan: how not to celebrate independence

Crescent International

Jumada' al-Akhirah 06, 14201999-09-16

When, like Kyrgyzstan, you are a small land-locked country in a volatile region, with a poorly-equipped army, you do not engage in battle highly-motivated groups that even mighty Russia is not confident of defeating and that are not targeting you.

World

Thaw in frosty China-Russia relations sends chill down spines in Washington

Zafar Bangash

Muharram 09, 14181997-05-16

Following the April 23 treaty between Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in Moscow, perhaps Harvard professor Samuel Huntington should go back to the drawing board and revise his ‘clash of civilizations’ theory.

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