Uzbekistan

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Project: How Much Does Kyrgyzstan Stand to Benefit?

«It is the probability that such a project would add significantly to the already substantial Kyrgyz government debt to China and potentially lead to a ‘debt trap’ scenario that is perhaps the biggest risk» – London-based independent researcher Harry Roberts notes in his article for CABAR.asia.

Borders in the Fergana Valley: an inevitable source of conflict?

By Fabio Belafatti

The Fergana Valley, a fertile region at the heart of Central Asia split between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, has long been the focus of research that stresses the multiple security threats originating from and developing within the region. Among them, border issues and the problems of enclaves are constantly regarded as a highly destabilizing factor. Recent clashes at the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have highlighted the issue once more, but one should carefully consider all factors before reaching simplistic conclusions about the valley’s security threats.