Monday 1 March 2004
February 27, 2004
Russian Extradition Of Tajik Fuels 'Quid Pro Quo' Speculation
Russia and Tajikistan are currently engaged in difficult negotiations over the future of military cooperation between the two countries. Against this backdrop, Moscow's abrupt decision to extradite former Tajik Interior Minister Yakub Salimov after holding him since June 2003 has given rise to talk of quid pro quo.
February 26, 2004
U.S. Issues Annual Human Rights Report
Washington, 26 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A United States government study sees human rights improvements in Afghanistan and Iraq, but says there are continuing human rights problems in the republics of Central Asia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, and the Middle East.
February 10, 2004
Central Asia: Report Calls On U.S. To Rethink Its Regional Approach
A new report by a U.S. think tank dissects the key political and military factors at play in the U.S. relationship with the states of Central Asia and lays out a comprehensive approach for long-term U.S. involvement in the region. In an interview with RFE/RL, a co-author of the report explains the study's main findings and recommendations.
February 09, 2004
Tajikistan: Donors Meeting Following Up On Dushanbe's Promises To Fight Poverty, Corruption
Top Tajik officials are gathering in London today and tomorrow for talks with donors on the country's progress in reducing poverty. Participants will also look at the disbursement of funds pledged last year.
February 05, 2004
U.S. Official Urges Central Asian Countries To Open Borders To Trade
February 04, 2004
Central Asia: What Impact Does Falling Dollar Have On Region?
The U.S. dollar has fallen sharply in recent months against other major world currencies, from the euro and the British pound to the Japanese yen. Its value has also dropped against a number of smaller currencies, including those of Central Asia, where the dollar's decline has had a negative impact on people's financial outlook.
January 29, 2004
Tajikistan: President Dismisses Government Loyalists, Opposition Figures
Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov appeared to add to his list of potential political opponents this week when he fired a military commander who had helped keep him in power during the country's civil war. Rakhmonov's sacking of the commander of the presidential guard followed a series of dismissals of senior opposition figures from government posts.
January 23, 2004
Central Asia: Is The IMU Still A Threat To Regional Security?
The overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan two years ago was accompanied by the apparent demise of a group considered one of the greatest threats to security in Central Asia -- the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). Some recent reports suggest the IMU may be regrouping. But as RFE/RL reports, a number of experts are not convinced the IMU poses an imminent armed threat to the region.
January 22, 2004
Tajikistan: President Reshuffles Government
Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov has reshuffled the government. The official reason is to bring in some fresh faces and talents. But some say the changes are aimed more at bolstering the president's party ahead of parliamentary elections next year.