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The Political Situation in Kyrgyzstan: Implications for the United States

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?


David Satter, Moderator

Hudson Senior Fellow

Sheradil Baktygulov, Panelist

Director, Program to Strengthen the Parliament, Bishkek

Seth Cropsey, Panelist

Hudson Senior Fellow and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflic

Miriam Lanskoy, Panelist

Director for Russia and Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy

Seyitbek Usmanov, Panelist

Director, Central Asia Free Market Institute, Bishkek


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