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Uzbekistan/Afghanistan. Though Wary of Border Instability, Uzbekistan Ready to Handle Any Outcomes in Afghanistan (Umida Hashimova, The Jamestown Foundation)

Tashkent continues to warily watch the developments on the Afghanistan-Uzbekistan border. The Taliban had swept through the northern parts of Afghanistan in June to claim control of all border checkpoints, and now the group is attempting to consolidate its power by force instead of negotiating with the other power centers in the country. Although no Central Asian country faces an imminent military threat from Afghanistan at the moment, Uzbekistan has multiple concerns regarding the events developing on the other side of its southern border. Tashkent’s immediate worry is to avoid becoming the recipient of refugees from the war-torn country. But its longer-term concern is the type of government Afghanistan will organize itself into and whether this will lead to a peaceful coexistence or protracted clashes between the Taliban and other indigenous groups that include ethnic Uzbeks, Tajiks and other minorities.

Though Wary of Border Instability, Uzbekistan Ready to Handle Any Outcomes in Afghanistan – Jamestown