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Syria Calling: Radicalisation in Central Asia

International Crisis Group

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan form a brittle region, sandwiched between Russia and Afghanistan, Iran and China. Each suffers from poor governance, corruption and crime. Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan resemble authoritarian police states.

Growing numbers of Central Asian citizens, male and female, are travelling to the Middle East to fight or otherwise support the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS). Prompted in part by political marginalisation and bleak economic prospects that characterise their post-Soviet region, 2,000-4,000 have in the past three years turned their back on their secular states to seek a radical alternative. IS beckons not only to those who seek combat experience, but also to those who envision a more devout, purposeful, fundamentalist religious life. This presents a complex problem to the governments >>

Central Asian States Still Cagey Bookkeepers, Says Washington

Chris Rickleton

Four of the five Central Asian states have failed to meet basic fiscal transparency standards, according to the U.S. State Departments latest Annual Fiscal Transparency report. The study does not appear to affect whether a country receives U.S. government funding, however.

In addition to ascertaining whether countries meet States minimum standards (such as publishing receipts and expenditures in publicly available national budget documentation and bidding and contract information for natural resource extraction), the study assesses progressor lack thereof. Published by the Office of Monetary Affairs since 2008, the report only includes those governments it anticipated would receive bilateral allocations of assistance in fiscal year 2014. The latest version of the report was released January 14. This year, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan >>

Geok-Tepe Massacre: Forgetting To Remember In Turkmenistan

Bruce Pannier

Few Russians evoke such sharp emotion from Central Asians as General Skobelev.

January 12 is usually Memory Day in Turkmenistan but not this year. The Turkmen authorities announced some months back that Memory Day was being merged with another somber anniversary, which annually marks the October 6, 1948 earthquake that nearly flattened the capital Ashgabat. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov did not offer any reason for transferring Memory Day, officially a holiday since 1990, but then he and his government rarely offer reasons for their actions. But there are some who feel forgetting to mark Memory Day is a nod to Russia, or rather a sign that the Turkmen >>

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