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· June, 2007

Stories about Kyrgyzstan from June, 2007

Central Asian Agriculture

Bonnie Boyd reports of locusts plaguing the region and draconian regulations forcing Uzbek farmers to harvest green wheat.

Central Asia: China's Soft Power

At Registan.net, Joshua Foust examines how Central Asia might be impacted by China's soft power.

Kyrgyzstan: Men's Health

Genderstan discusses men's health as a gender issue in Kyrgyzstan, noting that deleterious cultural attitudes about masculinity are often ignored.

Central Asia: Failing States

Non Pon looks at how Central Asian states fared in the recently released Failed State Index.

Kyrgyzstan: Manliness and Bridenapping

Nurbek says that bride kidnapping is not for real men. The tradition of bride kidnapping has revived since the collapse of the Soviet Union in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan: Manas Curriculum

Bonnie Boyd discusses the inclusion of Kyrgyzstan's national epic into the national curriculum. The epic, Manas, is nearly half a million verses long and tells the deeds of the hero...

Azerbaijan: Missile Defense & Cooperation

neweurasia and Non Pon say that Vladimir Putin's proposal for the US to put a missile defense system in Azerbaijan is a rare opportunity for cooperation in Central Asia and...

Kyrgyzstan: Armwrestling

CXW notes that in Kyrgyzstan, competitive armwrestling is being impacted by the high cost of protein.

Kyrgyzstan: Visit from SecDef

Kyrgyz Report reports on the meetings in Bishkek between Kyrgyzstan's president and the US defense secretary in which the status of the US airbase in the country was discussed.

Kyrgyzstan: Joining Russia

Non Pon reports on the debate over Kyrgyzstan joining a confederation with Russia, an idea proposed by former Prime Minister Feliks Kulov.

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