Saturday, May 26, 2012

Happy Memorial Day


First, best wishes to everyone this memorial day weekend! While I love BBQs and the Jersey Shore as much as the next person, it is important to remember the real meaning of this holiday, especially when there are some 88,000 U.S. troops currently stationed in Afghanistan and thousands more around the world.

Let us not forget Afghanistan's northern neighbors, the Central Asian Republics. While not engulfed in war, the Central Asian states confront various challenges to their stability. For a concise and clear introduction to the region's security threats, check out this video by Thomas Sanderson, Codirector of the Transnational Threats Project and Senior Fellow at CSIS.

For an introduction into how NATO views Central Asia, check out this clip by NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai. While Appathurai's answer neither addresses the complexities of NATO's relationship with the Central Asian states nor recent history, it nonetheless reflects NATO's Central Asian policy vis-a-vis the paradigm of the war in Afghanistan.

Have a wonderful memorial day weekend and take care!

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