News Roundup Heidar Aliyev, Azerbaijan’s

by Nathan Hamm on 12/12/2003

News Roundup

Heidar Aliyev, Azerbaijan’s first President, died
today in Cleveland, where he’d been undergoing treatment for kidney and
heart problems. I’m not going to eulogize him. If you want to know
about his life, read the Eurasianet story.
Uzbekistan says no to a permanent base
for US troops. But then again, we never asked… I think Karimov is
trying to milk the US for more aid.
I hear a lot of criticism about our aid to Central Asian states, so I
always like to find stories about our exchange programs, a form of aid
we should give more of. Students and teachers have much to learn and share through these programs.

The BBC has a story on Uzbekistan’s bio-chem weapons labs,
a serious problem (but not, as Hesiod suggests, the same problem we
faced in Iraq) that the US has been working with Uzbekistan on for
Uzbekistan’s President Karimov, slammed foreign human rights groups
(it’s the last story). This is certainly open to debate, but I think
that this proves my point that vocal and public criticism of Uzbekistan
under its current leader leads to deteriorations in the human rights
situation. Who drew most of Karimov’s fury? One of the most vocal
groups, Human Rights Watch. I think they’re doing important work, but
the way they carry it out may be producing greater improvements in
their self-esteem than in the human rights condition in Uzbekistan.

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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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