The death and destruction wrought by the recent violence between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in the Ferghana Valley is a tragedy, with scores of victims on both sides of the border. Worryingly, the clashes might yet have broader implications for both countries and their Central Asian neighbors. How might the confrontation affect the rights of ethnic minorities, particularly in the various exclaves throughout the region? How can Bishkek and Dushanbe avoid a security dilemma that might further destabilize an already tense situation?

Dr. George Gavrilis, fellow at the University of California-Berkeley’s Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, Jonathan Henick, deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the US Department of State, Akylai Karimova, Kyrgyz civil activist based in Osh, Dr. Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, and Anahita Saymidinova, Dushanbe-based journalist for Iran International TV, join to discuss the recent clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and their implications for the wider region. Ambassador John Herbst, director of the Eurasia Center, moderates.


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