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 Eurasianet.org, 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!