Russia is trying hard to revive its influence in a region it has neglected without alienating Washington in the process.
By Vladimir Davlatov in Dushanbe (RCA No. 143, 3-Sep-02)
By Dmitry Kabak in Bishkek (RCA No. 143, 3-Sep-02)
Tajik and Uzbek officials in the interim administration in Afghanistan appear to be looking to Dushanbe to bolster their position.
The growing friendship between China and Tajikistan provokes unease in some quarters of this tiny Central Asian republic.
Afghanistan's prime minister Hamid Karzai is a popular leader but has he got what it takes to turn his devastated country around?
Russia's influence in Central Asia may be further undermined if Dushanbe strengthens ties with the US.
The American military deployment in Kyrgystan appears to be Washington's latest attempt to support its long-term policy in the region.
Afghan refugees in Pakistan are eager to return home but the UN believes they should wait it out a little longer.
Global Voices: Asia
New protocols introduced to reduce the number of caesareans may be putting lives at risk.
Independent, dissenting Azerbaijani voices have never been so ostracised.
Officials obscure systemic failings – aided by an uncritical media.