Category Afghanistan

CES Explainer: Kyrgyzstan’s Manas air base – why it’s closing and what it means

For the past 12 years, the Manas Transit Center was the main route for US troops and supplies into Afghanistan. It was somewhat dramatically called the “Gateway to Afghanistan on the Freedom Frontier”. The base is located near the main civilian airport in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, approximately 30 minutes outside of its capital city, Bishkek. On […]

In memoriam – Dr. Alexandros Petersen

I am completely devastated today to hear that Dr. Alexandros Petersen was killed in the attack on Kabul this weekend. Alex Petersen was a mentor and friend, who provided support and encouragement of all our work at Central Eurasia Standard and in our professional lives. Alex’s brain never stopped, and his passion for the region was […]

10 Reasons the US Foreign Policy Community Can’t Afford to Ignore Eurasia

2014 is bound to be a year of pundits asking, ad nauseam, ‘What’s next for Afghanistan?” It’s an important question, especially with Iraq currently providing a harrowing harbinger of what can go wrong after a drawdown of US forces.  However, in the din surrounding the pull-out from Afghanistan, questions about strategy for the larger Central […]

Tajikistan’s Southern Border: Opiate Headwaters

CES recently enjoyed a jaunt along the Tajik-Afghan border from Qalaikhumb to Langar before jumping over the Pamiri Plateau and back to Khorog.  Along the deteriorated road following the Panj River, we were able to speak with a number of locals regarding the opiate trafficking surging north from its headwaters in Afghanistan. The Tajik-Afghan border, […]

Central Asia’s Ambassadors to the US discuss WTO membership

On 13 February 2013, the John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) held a panel event on the accession of the Central Asian countries to the WTO.  Ambassadors from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were all present: Kairat Umarov, ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the U.S.; Muktar Djumaliev, […]

CES On the Ground: El Snarkistani on Afghanistan and the media

We are excited to launch “CES on the Ground” in which we ask people working and living in the Caucasus and Central Asia to give us a personal glimpse into a variety of issues, including how the West is perceived, what daily life is like, current events and as seen in this post, the relationship […]