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Dozens Killed in Fighting Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

May 3, 2021

Episode Notes:

Cross-border shelling between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan last week killed 46 people and has left thousands looking for shelter. The two Central Asian powers have had border issues since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but the latest violence — which started as a dispute over irrigation water — is the most serious in decades.

Paul Stronski — a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, and director for Russia and Central Asia at the National Security Council from 2012 to 2014 — joins the Warcast to explain what’s going on in Central Asia.

 

[ 00:52 ] Cause of latest crisis

[ 03:16 ] Risk of broader war

[ 06:42 ] Next steps

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