By Marat Yermukanov, Kazakhstan (12/19/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Many foreign analysts believe, and not without reason, that Kazakhstan is one of the most politically and economically advanced countries in Central Asia. The tenth anniversary of the Independance day, marked on December 16, gives good cause to Kazakhstan’s citizens to look back to what has been achieved in post-communist years.
Even the irreconcilable opponents of the reforms cannot deny the economic progress made in ten years of independence.
By Maria Utyaganova, student, American University in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek (12/19/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Before the September 11 tragedy, no one in Central Asia would think that their region would ever become the center of attention of the entire world. Rumors and fears about the start of large-scale war, and Central Asia being the battle ground for it, were rapidly spreading among the population. The feelings of stress and shock deepened when on September 21, the U.
By Gulzina Karim kyzy (1/16/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
The elections to the posts of Head of Village and to town administrations were held in Kyrgyzstan on December 16 and 23. International observers from OSCE, and the American, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarus and Kazakh embassies as well as a number of international organizations took an active part in monitoring the elections.
Local elections were first proposed by President Askar Akayev in an address to the public on December 12, 2000.
By Alexei Igushev (1/16/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Tajikistan has been ignored by the world community, even during the course of a bloody five-year civil war in the mid 1990s. But it has now become visible in the world arena. Against the background of the current anti-terrorist operation, Western media have started discovering that the post-Soviet Republic of Tajikistan provides a great deal of insight into what has led to a globally significant tragedy.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a biweekly publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center affiliated with the American Foreign Policy Council, Washington DC., and the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm. For 15 years, the Analyst has brought cutting edge analysis of the region geared toward a practitioner audience.