In winding down the Afghan war, the United States has inadvertently shifted power to neighboring countries like Uzbekistan, which it is now paying for use of its roads as transit routes to re-supply the 89,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Winding down the ten-year war is of paramount importance to the United States, but Afghanistan’s newly-empowered neighbors like Uzbekistan, with a well-documented history of torture and oppression of their own citizens, bear careful watching. With money, and now military aid from the United States, they will be able to change the dynamics in Central Asia, maybe for years to come.
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Will Slow Growth Sink South Africa?
After almost two decades of peace and prosperity, social unrest is likely to return to South Africa this year as economic growth drops off dramatically and the 24 percent of adults who are unemployed become increasingly frustrated. Only the African National Congress, the ruling party since 1994, can save South Africa now.
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Signs Senegal May See a Bloody Conflict in 2012
Senegal, long a beacon of peace and stability in Africa with large off-shore oil reserves, is poised to descend into internal conflict as President Abdoulaye Wade pushes ahead with a contentious bid for a third term in this month’s presidential election.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Uzbek President Islam Karimov in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Oct. 22, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
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