August 15, 2012

U.S. Must Press for Reform in Uzbekistan

Sanjar Umarov, Los Angeles Times

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As the 2014 troop withdrawal approaches, the Obama administration is focused on securing the agreement of Islam Karimov, my country's authoritarian president, to allow thousands of military vehicles, containers and other equipment to move out through Uzbek territory. In Uzbekistan, where no political opposition or dissent of any kind is tolerated and the president has ruled for more than 22 years with an iron fist, only Karimov's approval is needed.

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