Kyrgyzstan Bans Uranium Mining

Kyrgyzstan Bans Uranium Mining

SALTANAT BERDIKEEVA Facing pollution from Soviet-era mining of radioactive metals, Kyrgyzstan has passed a law banning the production of uranium and thorium in the country….

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Kyrgyzstan Confronts Violent Extremism

Kyrgyzstan Confronts Violent Extremism

Security services focus on countering violent ideologies through religious education, rehabilitation and community policing SALTANAT BERDIKEEVA Threats from extremist ideologies and terrorism have increased in…

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Uzbekistan as Security Partner

Uzbekistan as Security Partner

The country’s Military Establishment Promotes Cooperation to Tackle Central Asian Security Challenges SALTANAT BERDIKEEVA The May 16, 2018, visit of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the United States was…

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Tajikistan’s Tolerant Approach

Tajikistan’s Tolerant Approach

International cooperation is part of the country’s national counterterrorism strategy SALTANAT BERDIKEEVA  |  Photos by SGT. 1ST CLASS TY MCNEELEY/U.S. ARMY In July 2018, four…

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Kazakhstan’s Commitment to Peace

Kazakhstan’s Commitment to Peace

The country is deploying forces to multinational U.N. peacekeeping missions SALTANAT BERDIKEEVA In 2003, Kazakhstan sent its first international peacekeeping mission outside the boundaries of…

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Central Asia Versus Online Extremism

Central Asia Versus Online Extremism

Combating terrorists online requires a focus on technology, education and economic development SALTANAT BERDIKEEVA Thousands of foreign fighters from around the globe were drawn to…

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Guarding borders in Central Asia

Guarding borders in Central Asia

SALTANAT BERDIKEEVA  Located in a region whose remote mountains and deserts can conceal terrorists, opium traffickers and other criminals, Turkmenistan hosted a workshop in May…

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Uzbekistan Rehabilitates Accused Extremists

Uzbekistan Rehabilitates Accused Extremists

SALTANAT BERDIKEEVA Uzbekistan has removed thousands of its citizens from blacklists containing names of people accused of extremism. Since 2017, Uzbekistan has rehabilitated or cleared…

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Stabilizing Afghanistan

Stabilizing Afghanistan

Central Asian states are building economic, political and security ties with Afghanistan SALTANAT BERDIKEEVA “Central Asian countries clearly feel the influence of Afghanistan. Instability and…

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Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Cooperate on Border

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Cooperate on Border

SALTANAT BERDIKEEVA Highlighting improving relations between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov approved an agreement in January 2018 to improve security on the countries’…

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