Kyrgyzstan

World powers battle for influence over Central Asia

Central Asia has long been the focus of tense geopolitical battles between world powers. The latest one started more than a decade ago, when the United States turned the region into a primary staging ground for its war in Afghanistan. A three-way struggle has since emerged between the U.S., China and Russia.

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Global Politics

Geo answer

For our GEO QUIZ today we're looking for the STANS; seven countries that end with the suffix ?stan.? Anchor Jeb Sharp tells us about an EIGHTH ?stan? that can't be found on a map. It's an idealized world created by Lebanese businessman Michel Eleftriades.

Conflict & Justice

Kyrgyz president 'prepared to quit'

The president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, says he is prepared to resign if security for him and his family can be guaranteed and the self-declared interim government halts bloodshed in the Central Asian country. The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie reports.

Arts, Culture & Media

Kyrgyzstan's Soviet past

Fighting between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek people in southern Kyrgyzstan has left more than 180 people dead. Marco Werman talks with Peter Zeihan of the global intelligence company Stratfor about the historical background of the two former Soviet republics.