With Uzbeks committing several terror attacks abroad in 2017, one of the world’s harshest regimes is coming under scrutiny.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a political and security group, presently comprises China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a successor to the late Islam Karimov, but the result is foregone.
The US, Russia and China will look to benefit from the evolving situation, but no one will want to disturb stability in the region. Meanwhile, India will hope to facilitate political stability and boost ties with the new leadership in Tashkent.
There is no obvious successor to take over the Central Asian nation of 32 million people.
Strongman who led his country through the post-Soviet transition and saw himself as an alternative to a future of perpetual jihad for Uzbeks and Central Asians.
The helicopter went down in Logar province, close to the Afghan-Pakistan border – an increasingly lawless area since a two-year Pakistani military operation pushed many Taliban and allied fighters further into Afghanistan.
Of the 17 people arrested by Turkish government, 11 are foreigners from Russia, Uzbekistan, Dagestan.
Clearly, there has been a change of mind, making India’s path to membership to the Eurasian body more thorny.
A ten-day trip to Uzbekistan brought out numerous connections between central Asia and Jammu and Kashmir.
Any new investor in the region must have deep pockets, the confidence to deal with dodgy political, legal and tax regimes and a sense of desperation to access the energy whatever the costs. As of today, only China fits the bill.
Forming a joint front against emerging extremist and terror threats would figure high on the agenda for the talks