Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2007

In Osteuropa 8-9/2007

Without a Line
The West and Uzbekistan after Andijan

Martha Brill Olcott

Deutsche Fassung


After September 11, 2001, Uzbekistan opened itself up to the United States for military co-operation. This rapprochement cooled when the Bush administration moved from the “war on terror” to a self-proclaimed “campaign for democracy and freedom” around the world. The blood letting by armed Uzbek units in Andijan in May 2005 was a watershed event. Since then, the serious differences in values between Uzbekistan and the West have been apparent to all. Russia and China are strengthening the Karimov regime. The charge that the West measures authoritarian regimes with different standards according to its need for raw materials and strategic interests presents a challenge to the United States and the EU: A consistent policy is required.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2007, pp. 389–400)