“The powder keg of Eurasia”
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.
Hayes, Nicholas, "“The powder keg of Eurasia”" (2002). Forum Lectures. 329.