Uzbekistan’s Claim of Foreign Involvement in Karakalpakstan Isn’t As Clear-Cut As It Seems

Uzbekistan’s Claim of Foreign Involvement in Karakalpakstan Isn’t As Clear-Cut As It Seems

There’s no contradiction between President Mirziyoyev’s assessment and the author’s. To the contrary, they’re complementary. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was quoted by his spokesman on Wednesday as saying the following about last weekend’s Karakalpakstan Crisis: “All recent events were prepared and organized not one, and not ten days, prior to taking place. These events were…

The Socio-Political (Soft Security) Dynamics of Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan Crisis

The Socio-Political (Soft Security) Dynamics of Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan Crisis

Uzbekistan’s ”Democratic Security” challenge now is to manage local and national perceptions about what transpired so as to avoid having well-intended but naïve folks misled by foreign narratives falsely alleging “unprovoked state killings of unarmed protesters” into replicating Karakalpakstan’s critical mass of protesters all throughout the country ahead of the unscheduled referendum for approving the…

Deconstructing What Just Transpired in Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan on Friday

Deconstructing What Just Transpired in Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan on Friday

Either one ascribes to the oversimplified and arguably inaccurate assessment propagated by many in the Alt-Media Community for reasons of “narrative/political convenience” or they aspire to obtain a more nuanced understanding of the complex socio-political processes (soft security) connected to Color Revolutions in general and to the Nukus Incident in particular. The first will result…

The Soft Power Consequences of Pakistan’s Latest Regime Change

The Soft Power Consequences of Pakistan’s Latest Regime Change

Everything that happened led to the perceptions that were described, which go against the country’s national interests as articulated by the former government in its newly promulgated National Security Policy from January. That said, these same national interests might be redefined by the incoming authorities, which would say a lot about their intentions if it…

Contrasting Perceptions About the Rule of Law in Pakistan After Imran Khan’s Ouster

Contrasting Perceptions About the Rule of Law in Pakistan After Imran Khan’s Ouster

It’s in Pakistan’s objective national interests to dispel doubts about the rule of law but this is extremely difficult for all responsible stakeholders in The Establishment to do considering what just took place and how immensely polarizing it’s been. Regardless of whichever side one might be on, it’s indisputable that these contrasting perceptions about the…

Imran Khan’s “Political Martyrdom” Has Unleashed Unprecedented Socio-Political Forces

Imran Khan’s “Political Martyrdom” Has Unleashed Unprecedented Socio-Political Forces

Never before has a genuinely grassroots political movement successfully proven that its own interpretation of patriotism, sovereignty, and national security can appeal to such a broad range of Pakistanis despite being different from The Establishment’s. Imran Khan’s “political martyrdom” has therefore unleashed truly unprecedented socio-political forces within Pakistan that seemingly caught The Establishment off guard…