Small conflicts with big impact: The Tajik-Kyrgyz war no one talks about

Author: Julia Emtseva
Published: 11.10.2022
The whole world is shaken by the tragic events happening along Ukrainian frontlines. Other conflicts, however, including those which might be profoundly important for regional, and perhaps even global security remain overlooked. One such conflict is the recent escalation of violence on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border that remained mostly uncovered by international media. The exchange of fire between the two Central Asian states is nothing new, yet, the September 2022 escalation should trigger much more concerns within the international community. There is, on the one hand, Tajikistan which positions itself as a “security guard” keeping Eurasia separated from Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan,…