12 April 2005

Central Asia

Ikbol Mirsaitov on Kyrgyzstan and the Ferghana Valley. As a little background, the Ferghana Valley was divided by Stalin between what is now Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. If you look at a map of Central Asia, you'll see some creative boundaries where these three countries come together. That is the Ferghana Valley. Stalin was concerned about extremism in the Valley and wanted to divide the people; the result was the interesting borders. Today the Valley has more Muslim fundamentalists than other areas of those three countries (I guess Stialin's plan didn't quite work). Uzbekistan has been especially concerned about this area (they're concerned in general with Islam even though it is a Muslim country).

Martha Brill Olcott on Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. There have been a variety of people criticizing the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan. Olcott brings in a educated and insightful view.

Hat tip: Registan.net, of course.

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