Global Insights: Manas Decision Raises Regional Fears of U.S. Exit From Eurasia

Weitz, Richard
October 2013
World Politics Review;10/22/2013, p1
The author discusses the announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense that all U.S. troops will leave Manas airbase in Kyrgyzstan in July 2014. The base has been used as a transit center for U.S. troops entering and leaving Afghanistan. This role will be replaced by a base in Romania. The decision is a response to a vote by the Kyrgyzstan's parliament to terminate the U.S. lease. It is noted that the U.S. decision makes sense but warns its implications for Central Asia and the South Caucasus.


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