The items listed below represent potential emerging issues that our analysts are tracking. These can be long term or short term, but will be updated daily. If an item on our Watch List becomes critical, we will email you a full analysis explaining its significance.
Each Saturday, we will follow up our daily Watch List for each week with our conclusions on these issues.
Russia: A foreign ministry official in Russia told RIA Novosti that Russia has reinforced its military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, but didn’t provide any specific details. According to the official, the move is a result of new threats emanating from Afghanistan, and positive relations between Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were helping improve the security situation in Central Asia. What is Russia doing at these bases, and what is the threat from Afghanistan that the official referred to?
Uzbekistan: Radio Free Europe has posted an audio recording of the Uzbek president criticizing the