Afghanistan Concerned Over Uzbek Unrest

by Nathan Hamm on 5/27/2005

Afghanistan has joined Russia in saying that former Taliban were involved in the Andijon uprising. Honestly, I half expect Sri Lanka to say Tamil rebels were involved and the Nepalese to say Marxist guerillas any day now.

It’s not that it’s beyond reason to believe what Foreign Minister Abdullah says. It’s just that it seems that governments in the region have their own individual bogeymen to blame it on and none of them have provided any evidence beyond their word. There’s plenty of competing evidence that indicates that outside groups were not involved in any of the violence and that insofar as there was any planning, it was done by people sympathetic to the jailed businessmen. Muslims, yes, but nothing to really indicate they’d ever been chomping at the bit for a caliphate or Islamic law.

At second glance though, I’m not entirely sure what the heck Abdullah’s trying to say, but still.

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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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