IWPR Updates

by Nathan Hamm on 3/28/2005

IWPR is journalizing up a storm. For some reason it’s not all going on their Kyrgyzstan page, so be sure to check out their Central Asia page too.

Their report on regional reactions is a vital reminder that how local government react can have as much or more impact than the US or Russia. I don’t think I could put it any better than this:

As Mamudani Abdugazizov, a political analyst in Tajikistan, put it, “The leaders of Central Asia will now become very suspicious in their relationship with Kyrgyzstan.”

In Uzbekistan,

“The entire propaganda machine has been cranked up so as to ‘explain’ things at all levels – from neighbourhood committees to schools and workplaces, just as regularly happens after terrorist attacks.

“Yet what I see among the people is that they all understand this is the result of the discontent of the population of Kyrgyzstan, whose living conditions are no different from those in Uzbekistan.”

I wish I could quickly find a link detailing the government explanation. It’s rather interesting. The Uzbek government essentially argues that governments in the former USSR collapse when they aren’t satisfying the material needs of their people. I mostly agree. What’s left unspoken is whether or not the Uzbek government feels it is meeting those needs. It seems to think it is, leading me to believe that they’re no fools but very disconnected or too timid to move as quickly to improve life as they may know they need to.

Moving on, they report that calm has mostly returned to Bishkek. However, many Russians are apparently apprehensive about the new government and fear that they will have no place in Kyrgyzstan.

And finally, here is a profile of the new leadership that goes along nice with Seprah’s FAQs.

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