Uzbekistan’s Bloody Borders If Uzbek

by Nathan Hamm on 9/29/2003

Uzbekistan’s Bloody Borders
If Uzbek border guards could go a few months without shooting someone, it would be an accomplishment. Uzbek soldiers shot a Kazakh horseman
earlier this month. Of course, both sides blame each other, and the
situation just highlights the problems caused by Central Asia’s
poorly-defined and even more poorly-patrolled borders.
Interestingly, the article notes how these kinds of issues are likely
to cause concern for China as the border instability casts doubt on
whether or not a free trade zone in the region could ever happen.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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