The situation in Kyrgyzstan has a critical bearing on American national security. The Manas Transit Center outside the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek is the vital supply link for U.S. and NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan. In the last year, the political situation in Kyrgyzstan has undergone dramatic change. The former president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was overthrown, elections were held, and Kyrgyzstan adopted a new constitution and became a parliamentary republic. How have these changes affected U.S. interests at a time when the northern supply route for the war effort has taken on increased significance?