By Anna Jonsson (1/16/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: In a December 17th interview, Putin stated that the Russian Federation de facto granted Chechnya independence. Putin referred to the Khasavyurt agreement, and the troop withdrawals that followed it. He further stated that international terrorists and fundamentalists filled the vacuum that Khasavyurt created.
By Michael Denison (1/16/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: On January 9, 3,000 U.S. troops arrived in Kyrgyzstan to supplement the 1,500 troops already stationed in neighbouring Uzbekistan.
By Marat Iskakov and Anara Tabyshalieva (1/30/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: A new heated discussion is taking place between Aral Sea Basin countries. Downstream Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan demand more water for irrigation from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, which are located upstream in the region's river system. Upstream countries possess significant hydro-energy resources: after Russia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan hold the second and third places in hydropower resources among CIS countries.
By Stephen Blank (1/30/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Since September 11th, Russian President Vladimir Putin has proclaimed Russia's desire to forge an equal partnership with NATO and the United States. For that partnership to endure, violence in the CIS will have to be curtailed. Yet both Georgia and Russia are provoking each other in ways that lead to violence.
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