Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from January, 2007
Afghanistan: Renewed Commitment
Safrang sees renewed international commitment to Afghanistan.
Zarchka writes about the astonishment and admiration in Armenia prompted by the number of Turks who came out to mourn Hrant Dink. She hopes that Dink's final legacy will be reconciliation between Turks and Armenians.
Tirami Su explains how Yerevan ended up with a neighborhood called Bangladesh.
Turkmenistan: Party Time
At neweurasia, Peter says that Turkmenistan's acting president is continuing to push liberalizing reforms.
Central Asia: European Policy
Registan.net writes about German proposals for a new European Union policy on Central Asia, and neweurasia responds, wondering why we don't hear more on Europe's efforts to renew ties with the region.
Tajikistan: Glimpse of a Wedding
Gulru offers a glimpse of a Tajik wedding at neweurasia.
Joshua Foust says that NATO has realized a bit too late that Afghanistan is an unconventional conflict.
Armenia: Hrant Dink Roundup
Onnik Krikorian rounds up both the Armenian blogosphere and the Turkish blogosphere on Hrant Dink's murder.
Afghanistan: State of the Union
Safrang says that Afghanistan was not mentioned enough in President Bush's State of the Union Speech.
Armenia: Dink & the Blockade
David of The Armenian Economist writes that though in the wake of the Hrant Dink's murder the Turkish press is making some encouraging statements regarding relations with Armenians, what would really make a difference for Armenians would be to lift the blockade on the state of Armenia.
Armenia: Hrant Dink Memorial
AllFOLK's Blog and Oneworld Multimedia have photos from the public memorial in Yerevan for Hrant Dink.
Tajikistan: IRP Strategy
At neweurasia, Alexander reports on the new political strategy of the Islamic Renaissance Party.
Kazakhstan: Foreigners & Oil
The Roberts Report explains why Kazakhstan's government is taking steps to decrease the number of foreign workers in the oil sector and stop the resale of licenses to develop oil deposits.
Kyrgyzstan: Government Stalemate
Sean Roberts says that Kyrgyzstan's president may have backed the parliament into a corner again by putting it in the position of accepting his nominee for prime minister or facing dismissal.
Kyrgyzstan: Foreign Policy
Inga reports on Kyrgyzstan's foreign policy strategy at neweurasia.
Tajikistan: Pearl of the East
Gulru begins blogging about Tajikistan for neweurasia with a post on the city of Khujand, the Pearl of the East.
Kyrgyzstan: Cutting Down Corruption
Yulia reports on a novel proposal, surely to never to come into law, for fighting corruption among state employees in Kyrgyzstan, severing of digits and hands.
Kazakhstan: Cooking Manti
News from the Caravan posts a recipe for manti, a dish made in not just Kazakhstan, but also in the rest of Central Asia, Mongolia, and Turkey.
Uzbekistan: Presidential Term Expires
Registan.net says that the term of Uzbekistan's president expires today, depending on how you look at it.
Kazakhstan: World Class Sports
Ben Paarmann says that Kazakhstan, unlike other Central Asian states, is a home for world class sports.
Tajikistan: Stealing Phone Cables
Vadim reports that poverty and high prices for nonferrous metals are driving people in Tajikistan to steal telephone wires.