Friday, August 24, 2007

PUBL.- Reassessing Andijan: The Road to Restoring U.S.-Uzbek Relations, AbduMannob Polat

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PUBL.- Reassessing Andijan: Road to Restoring U.S.-Uzbek Relations, A. Polat

The full paper (25 pages, including Forword by Jamestown President
Glen Howard, Author's Bio, and Endnotes) can be downloaded for free at
the following URL:

Below is Jamestown's Press-release:

The Jamestown Foundation has released a new Occasional Paper titled
"Reassessing Andijan: The Road to Restoring U.S.-Uzbek Relations." The
paper is authored by AbduMannob Polat, former Director of the Central
Asian Human Rights Information Network of the U.S. NGO Union of
Councils, ex-chairman of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan and
former member of the Birlik political party. The paper chronicles the
events before and after the May 2005 tragedy in Andijan, unearthing
new facts about the uprising and how the United States made a hasty
decision to distance itself from an important geostrategic partner,
basing its decision upon unclear facts and information surrounding the
event that have resulted in the loss of an important ally of the U.S.
in Eurasia.

With an uncanny and unusual level of objectivity and diligence, Polat
examines the United States' immediate reaction to Uzbekistan's
handling of the tragedy in Andijan, calling into question the
responses of both U.S. policymakers and the Western media who were
quick to mislabel the events there. The rapid condemnation of the
Uzbek government ultimately led to a souring in relations when no
independent analysis had been conducted by outside independent
observers. Being both a human rights activist and a victim of human
rights violations, Polat brings seldom discussed facts and positions
to light in his paper, and calls for a reexamination of U.S.-Uzbek
relations and the adoption of a new creative approach to dealing with
a strategically important country in Central Asia.

The full paper can be downloaded at the following URL:

Founded in 1984, The Jamestown Foundation is an independent,
non-partisan research institution dedicated to providing timely
information concerning critical political and strategic developments
in China, Russia, Eurasia and the Greater Middle East. Jamestown
produces five periodic publications: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Terrorism
Monitor, Terrorism Focus, Chechnya Weekly and China Brief. Jamestown
research and analysis is available to the public free-of-charge via
Jamestown's website,

AbduMannob Polat (Po'lat), Independent Consultant
5606 Eastbourne Drive, Springfield, VA, 22151-1607
Phone/Fax: (1) 703.426-9637 - home office, (1) 571.344-3013 - cell.

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