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Central Asia

ICG�s Asia Program is currently centred around projects in Central Asia, Indonesia and Burma/Myanmar.

Central Asia

Five ICG analysts are based in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, at the western end of the Ferghana Valley, an economically and politically significant area of 10 million people at the heart of Central Asia, and at particular risk of conflict. ICG's Central Asia project focuses on three countries � Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan � and seeks to highlight sources of tension and instability. Research has concentrated on border disputes, ethnic tensions and economic strains in the region.


ICG maintains an office in Jakarta staffed with three analysts who have provided detailed reports on the separatist conflicts in Aceh and Irian Jaya as well as communal and ethnic violence in Maluku and Kalimantan. The office has also carried out research into military reforms, foreign assistance to the Indonesian army and the political developments in Jakarta. The third main area of research are the links between the country�s economic situation and conflict.


Launched in late 2000, this project is aimed at providing policymakers with more information about Burma/Myanmar as it enters a critical period. Research will focus on the policies of the State Peace and Development Council, the risks of increased conflict with ethnic minorities and the impact of international actions such as sanctions.

August 2001

ICG's Asia program is co-ordinated out of Brussels. For more information, including the text of ICG reports and briefings, please see the related project pages (links above). You can also write to [email protected].

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