by Nathan Hamm on 8/14/2004

A new worldwide deployment strategy for US troops has been anticipated for a while now. What may only be part of that redeployment has been announced. About 70,000 to 100,000 troops will be removed from bases in Germany, Japan, and South Korea. The plan is apparently not final because there has been no announcement on where they will go beyond “NATO expansion countries.” Expect that to mean Bulgaria and Romania. Also expect some kind of announcement on “lilly-pads” in Central Asia and perhaps even the Caucasus.

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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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