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Military Exercises in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Illustrate Regional Cooperation and Concerns
August 10, 2022

Military Exercises in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Illustrate Regional Cooperation and Concerns

By Catherine Putz
A Tajik-Uzbek joint military exercise concluded in Uzbekistan just as a U.S.-organized regional military exercise kicked off in Tajikistan.

Russian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Says US-NATO Steppe Eagle Exercise Will ‘No Longer Fly’
February 11, 2022

Russian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Says US-NATO Steppe Eagle Exercise Will ‘No Longer Fly’

By Catherine Putz
Without directly commenting, CENTOM told The Diplomat that “plans for shared military environments involving our partners in Kazakhstan are currently underway.” 
Is It Time for the US to Press Uzbekistan on Human Rights?
December 07, 2021

Is It Time for the US to Press Uzbekistan on Human Rights?

By Catherine Putz
A group of U.S. Senators have asked the Biden administration to center human rights in the upcoming Strategic Partnership Dialogue with Uzbekistan.

With Accelerated Afghan Withdrawal, US Engagement With Central Asia Intensifies
July 02, 2021

With Accelerated Afghan Withdrawal, US Engagement With Central Asia Intensifies

By Catherine Putz
U.S. forces are reportedly days away from completing the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Central Asian diplomats are making the rounds in Washington, DC.

US Afghan Envoy Visits Uzbekistan, Tajikistan
May 06, 2021

US Afghan Envoy Visits Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
As the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan begins, some suspect Washington is looking for nearby basing options.

US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan
April 06, 2021

US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan

By Akram Umarov
In May 2020 and March 2021, the United States started up two new trilateral dialogues pairing Afghanistan with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 

Why Kazakhstan Joined New Investment Partnership With Uzbekistan, US
January 26, 2021

Why Kazakhstan Joined New Investment Partnership With Uzbekistan, US

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
Kazakhstan is working toward a more diversified economy.
Slow Anti-Americanism in Central Asia
January 12, 2021

Slow Anti-Americanism in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
“U.S. power can inadvertently shift politics even in regions like Central Asia where the United States is remote.”

US-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan Trilateral Tests Out New Format for Engagement
May 29, 2020

US-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan Trilateral Tests Out New Format for Engagement

By Catherine Putz
The new trilateral fits into existing efforts to increase regional cooperation and integrate Afghanistan’s into Central Asian thinking.

Press Freedom Questions Follow Pompeo to Central Asia
February 04, 2020

Press Freedom Questions Follow Pompeo to Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. secretary of state said he’s sent a “perfect message” on press freedoms.

US Secretary of State Pompeo’s Trip to Central Asia Back on
January 30, 2020

US Secretary of State Pompeo’s Trip to Central Asia Back on

By Catherine Putz
This weekend Pompeo will make stops in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Security at the Core of Senior US Diplomat’s Visit to Tajikistan
January 09, 2020

Security at the Core of Senior US Diplomat’s Visit to Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Regional cooperation and security were the top-line items of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells’ recent trek to Tajikistan.

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