Military Buildup in Uzbekistan

by Laurence on 3/22/2005 · 2 comments

Wanderlustress reports closed borders and increased military activity along the Kyrgyz border near Andijan and warns that a civil war in Kyrgyzstan might mean the end of American NGO activity in Uzbekistan.

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Nathan March 22, 2005 at 10:48 pm

I’m 100% positive there is a connection, but I feel like I should chime in that when I was in Uzbekistan, the troop presence dramatically increased around Navruz. EurasiaNet says it’s happening all over the country.

I do agree that Uzbekistan would freak out if Akayev was overthrown by a popular revolt regardless of how genuinely democratic it was. My gut feeling is that it could backfire horribly and with much more dangerous consequences in Uzbekistan due to the lack of opposition leaders. I certainly hope that my intuition is wrong.

Sepra March 22, 2005 at 11:00 pm

It’s like every time I refresh the page, something new pops up!

And I think Nathan and Dee (wanderlustress) are right about Uzbekistan. No matter how peaceful or democratic the overthrow, we’ll be seeing a full-on freak out by the government in Uzbekistan and possibly the end of some major NGOs in the region.

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