Orange–The color of the Revolution

Nathan’s Central Asia “-Stans” Summary

So what did you think of the recent elections in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan?

Neither did I.

Why isn’t this getting at least a BIT of coverage? I guess we’ll have to all bookmark Winds of Change’s Regional Briefings and keep an eye on the ‘Stan Summary.

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have parliamentary elections on February 27. Will anyone notice?

It’s obvious to anyone who follows the Central Asia region that democracy has only a tenuous hold in most places. I don’t follow the region and it’s obvious to me.

But if you look at this map I pilfered from, you’ll see that, strategically, the region could be critical to the success of this whole “freedom” thing. For instance, notice who is directly to the south. Look! It’s not only Afghansistan but Iran as well! And China is due east. (And for the wags, there’s alwasy the oil under the Caspian Sea to the west.)

Click the map for a better look.

So I believe that we had better have more than a passing interest in events thereabouts.

Fortunately, The Argus noticed that everyone in Kazakhstan seems to cheer for the same football team or something:

Go, Orange, Go!


  1. Neither did I’ – when I read this, the first thing I thought of was Ferris Buehler. I hope you understand why. Neither did I, indeed.

  2. Funny you should mention Cental Asia. My current contract (in this part of the Mid East) expires in the next six months, and I’m not really interested in renewing it (though I have the option). I’ve been talking for the last couple months with several potential employers about employment possibilities in Central Asia (the Stans). I’ve been following developments there more than most Americans……and the assessment above, of their ‘democracy quotient’ is pretty much on the mark. I don’t really see the U.S. pressing any of these countries to clean their act up; as they’re far to valuable to us as staging areas for on going efforts in the area. Of course, you can’t ignore some ‘rub off’ effect our personnel (military & contractors) have on the locals during their interactions over time, though that’s certainly not in the same league as a concerted campaign to get them to change their autocratic ways. If I’m successful in landing a gig in the area, I’ll end up with a far more personal and accurate understanding of what’s actually going on there. Should be interesting.