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Uzbekistan: You Will Be My Friend!

Adm. William J. Fallon Concerning yesterday's piece about a US rapprochement with Uzbekistan, Eurasianet.org has broken a story that NATO troops, including Americans, will in the very near future be able to access a military airbase at Termez, on the Uzbek-Afghan border. The article quotes NATO special envoy Robert Simmons; "We welcome the fact Uzbekistan has shown readiness to allow other countries to use this airbase. As far as I understand, the United States is beginning to use this facility." It appears US Adm. Fallon visit last month accomplished more than just renewing a dialogue. What should one make of this seeming rapprochement between US/NATO and Uzbekistan? German troops have already used this base for some time, so is this really a substantial change in policy for Uzbekistan or the US?

 

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Patrick Frost

Patrick Frost recently graduated from New York University's Masters Program in Political Science - International Relations. His MA thesis analyzed the capabilities and objectives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Central Asia and beyond and explored how these affected U.S. interests and policy.

Areas of Focus:
Eurasia, American Foreign Policy, Ideology, SCO

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