A (Brief) Overview of Human Rights in Central Asia

by Joshua Foust on 12/23/2008 · 1 comment

Judah Grunstein at World Politics Review kindly asked me to be a part of their feature series, in which three authors examine different aspects of the same issue or idea. This time around, it’s Central Asia, and I got to talk human rights:

The challenge facing policymakers and President-elect Barack Obama in Central Asia is not only how best to balance the need for security with the demand for human rights, but to determine whether, and how, both can be achieved. Is it an acceptable trade-off to lose basing rights by complaining too loudly about certain abuses? Can ceding the OSCE chairmanship to Kazakhstan bring about positive change in the country, or will that serve to reward a corrupt government for bad behavior? Can the West afford a human rights setback in exchange for positive movement elsewhere, like the opening of a new land route into Afghanistan?

Anyway, I hope y’all like it. But also worth reading are the other two essays: Stephen Blank on military rivalries in the region, and John Daly on the energy picture. I am honored to be published alongside the two. Which means you should read both of their pieces as well.


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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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Oldschool Boy December 28, 2008 at 6:51 am

Very good overviews. I enjoyed reading them.

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