updated Tue. December 6, 2022
December 26, 2017
December 14 marked 40 days since the murder of Ulan Salyanov in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, and his family gathered for a traditional ceremony to remember the deceased. While no one has been charged for the murder, the circumstances appeared suspicious. First, there was no clear motive.
December 1, 2017
The case has intensified longstanding local opposition to the American military presence on the strategic island, which reluctantly hosts nearly 75 percent of land allotted for US bases in Japan even though it accounts for just a fraction of the country's total area. Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a 33-year-oldÃâÃÂ ...
December 1, 2017
It's been a tense two months between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, but the two presidents — Nursultan Nazarbayev and Sooronbai Jeenbekov — met on November 30 on the sidelines of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in Minsk, Belarus and discussed the resolution of the borderÃâÃÂ ...
November 29, 2017
The issue of foreign military bases was at the forefront of Kyrgyz politics in 2010, with the most ire directed at the U.S. base adjacent to Manas International Airport. But Russia's base at Kant also occasionally drew criticism. Early in his presidency, Atambayev complained that Moscow had not paid its rent forÃâÃÂ ...
AMN Al-Masdar News
October 29, 2017
In the wake of the recently-announced liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa, many analysts have been wondering about the scale of US support to the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which headed the operation, and the number of military facilities the US has set up in northern Syria. KurdsÃâÃÂ ...
October 27, 2017
Kyrgyz-Kazakh Rift: This week the Kyrgyz parliament adopted a proposal to formally reject $100 million in aid from Kazakhstan. Bruce Pannier called it “an 'own goal' of epic proportions.” Why has Bishkek rejected “essentially a gift given to help Kyrgyzstan update state entities to meet EEU trade standards”ÃâÃÂ ...
Nikkei Asian Review
October 21, 2017
Being a far smaller economic power, Russia aims to exercise leadership in terms of regional security. Moscow is in talks with Bishkek over expanding its air base in Kyrgyzstan. That sits well with Beijing, which is apparently reluctant to take the lead on security, and many analysts believe the two powers willÃâÃÂ ...
October 17, 2017
Kyrgyz voters are well aware of the gravity of the event—their recent competitive parliamentary elections set their country apart from neighbors with long-serving rulers and notoriously unresponsive systems of governance. But though voters here are proud of their progress as a democracy, difficulties withÃâÃÂ ...
July 30, 2017
Furthermore, as far as prospective US military bases are concerned, Kazakhstan has the benefit of the experience of Kyrgyzstan. That country closed down the US military base in Manas. Part of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's logic for closing the base was that the US presence made it a possibleÃâÃÂ ...
July 24, 2017
Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan has one Russian air base on its territory—the Kant base—and recently Atambayev told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would endorse another such base on his nation's territory, in an apparent swipe at neighbors Tajikistan and Uzbekistan's ability to halt the Taliban.
AMN Al-Masdar News
July 20, 2017
(RT) The government in Ankara had nothing to do with a story published by the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency, which revealed classified information on US bases and outposts in Syria, according to President Erdogan's spokesman. Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, spokesman Ibrahim KalinÃâÃÂ ...
July 4, 2017
Dennis Ross served two years as National Security Council senior director for the Central Region. (Courtesy: Fox News). Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Tuesday, 4 July 2017. Text size A A A. A former United States diplomat and Middle East envoy has said that the only reason Qatar is hosting an AmericanÃâÃÂ ...
June 22, 2017
Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reportedly said Thursday that Russia had proposed deploying troops from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to monitor the de-escalation zones in Syria agreed to last month. RIA Novosti confirmed the report, with the head of the StateÃâÃÂ ...
May 28, 2017
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (L) and then Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani arrive at a cornerstone laying ceremony for a residential neighborhood in Gaza Strip on October 23, 2012. (Reuters). Staff writer, Al Arabiya English Monday, 29 May 2017. Text size A A A. More than a week beforeÃâÃÂ ...