By Irakly Areshidze (2/27/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Nugzar Sadjaya, the Chairman of Georgia’s National Security Council and President Eduard Shevardnadze’s closest ally and confidant, apparently shot himself in his office at the State Chancellery at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday, 25 February 2002, local time.
By Lola Gulomova (2/27/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
In recent months, the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, has been experiencing something extremely unusual, a flood of journalists arriving to the city. On the way to Afghanistan, once again a center of attention of global politics, reporters stopped by the hundreds in this forgotten mountain city to prepare the last logistics and documentation for their journey.
By mid-October, more than 3,000 foreign journalists had arrived in Dushanbe, generating the highest revenue stream to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the ten years of Tajikistan’s independence.
By Marat Yermukanov, Kazakhstan (3/13/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Shymbulak, a placid mountain resort near the former Kazakh capital Almaty played host to an informal summit meeting of the presidents of 11 CIS countries on March 1. High-level meetings of the onetime friends are nothing new. This time, however, the summit initiated by Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev was joined by the leaders of Georgia and Armenia, potential hotbeds of armed conflicts in Caucasia.
By Kunduz Tashtanalieva (3/13/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Among the border problems that gained significance with the collapse of the USSR, the situation on the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border stands out by remaining tense until today. There are between 70 and 100 disputed areas that still have not been delimitated. The main problem is that these territories are under strict control of the Uzbek side and that most of the Uzbek border guards seem not to fully understand how the border posts should be run.
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.