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The Sovjetistans (17/05/22 07:08:07)
    (I've lifted this term from the title of Erika Fatland's very readable account of a journey into the "Southern Republics" (it's been translated into several languages)).

    After we have seen the shoddiness of Russian military competence, there is time for some directed reflections.

    Firstly: The Russian army obviously has only been capable of winning in conflicts against much weaker adversaries. Come on: The Russian army against Tsjetsjenia? Or Georgia? It's the street bully way: Attacking those substantially smaller and weaker.

    So what are the status of the Sovjetistan republics - the former Soviet republics now formally independent countries?

    It seems they try to emulate Russia, but are severely deficient in their culture.

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    Vitaly Gelfgat

    Over the past two decades of independent history, the Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) have developed pragmatic and largely non-ideological national security strategies rooted in their perceptions and prioritization of the complex regional realities. The states’ attempts to match their military and to handle a variety of external and intemal security challenges highlights the fact that the Central Asian states regard these capabilities elements of hard power. At the same time, while often utilized to help quell various sources of domestic instability, all Central Asian militaries have lacked up-to-date operational experience. A review of their tactical proficiency in dealing with internal conflicts shows that although Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan have contained socio-polit rest better than Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, all the states struggled to reform and adapt their armed forces to successfully deliver on their doctrinal obligations. This is because they have remained largely outside of contemporary international military interventions such as Operation Iraqi Freedom, the International Security Assistance Force or Kosovo Forces.
    This paper outlines the national security objectives of the Central Asian states and analyzes available information on the size, funding, combat readiness and the overall performance of the militaries in recent domestic conflicts. In attempting to effectively respond to the security challenges envisioned in the respective national defense strate gies and doctrines, all Central Asian militaries have ofien struggled with fundamental operational issues and acted in similarly heavy-handed fashion"

    (I'll have to continue in a different post)
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