Central Asia Notes
The second article concerned the first anniversary of the "Tulip Revolution" which deposed Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev. These events may be linked to problems elsewhere, as regimes such as Uzbekistan cracked down on free expression in their own territory shortly after Akayev's ouster. Kyrgyztstan, however, has yet to consolidate any sort of democracy, as Kurmanbek Bakiev, not entirely an outsider to the old regime, continues to seek a strong Presidency in the face of opposition from the Parliament which won a problematic election last February. Meanwhile, organized crime runs rampant, as I suspect it did under Akayev, as well. I think the country's constitutional questions need at least to be referred to a referendum, as no one in power has the credibility to win the public's trust.