Michael Totten

The Problem of Uzbekistan

Since 9/11, the US has been changing its attitude about third-world dictators. The “our bastards” realpolitik is slowly phasing out.
But what about Uzbekistan? The Bush Administration is rather, um, cozy with Islam Karimov’s repulsive regime.
It’s a tough question, a hard question. And Nathan Hamm, who lived and worked in Uzbekistan as a Peace Corps volunteer, has a pretty thoughtful answer.