Title

“The powder keg of Eurasia”

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

10-18-2002

Abstract

Drawing from research on location for a PBS report on Uzbekistan last winter, this talk focuses on the tensions in Central Asia between the harshly authoritarian post-Soviet regimes and the political opposition. Since 1997, the key economic and political power in the region, Uzbekistan has moved toward a presidential dictatorship that has responded to terrorist threats with the widespread repression of all political opposition that has nevertheless failed to stifle the radical IMU (Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan). After 9/11, the U.S. has stepped into the situation embracing the Central Asian regimes as our allies in the war on terrorism and promising billions in aid.

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