Forgotten Afghanistan, etc. Lest we

by Nathan Hamm on 12/30/2003

Forgotten Afghanistan, etc.
Lest we forget that Afghanistan is not forgotten (translation:the US hasn’t abandoned Afghanistan), Operation Avalanche has wrapped up,
leaving 10 Talibs dead and 100 captured. The operation involved 2,000
US troops, of which, only two sustained injuries. Two Afghan soldiers
were killed in the operations. The raids appear to have been largely
successful in keeping the recent constitutional Loya Jirga free of
serious disruption.
The UN chief of peacekeeping is trying to raise the profile of the Georgia-Abkhaz confilct.

Ruslan Sharipov has been denied eligibility
for amnesty unless the most serious charges against him are dropped
(I’m assuming the “most serious charges” are the ones claiming he had
sex with underage boys). This case has become a bit of a sparring match
between the US and Uzbek governments and is probably a good test of
whether or not the US is able to secure the release of political
prisoners in Uzbekistan with behind-the-scenes action. Ruslan is a
young journalist who has written many articles critical of the Uzbek
government and openly homosexual (the practice of male homosexuality is
a crime in Uzbekistan). He claims his confessions were acquired through
torture. I should also mention that he was taught by Peace Corps
Volunteers when he was a teen in Bukhara.

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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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