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Uzbekistan: The Risks and Responsibilities of Democracy Promotion

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A disturbing question about the massacre that occurred in Uzbekistan three days after President Bush praised “people power” in Tbilisi is whether the demonstration effect of the movements that unseated regimes in Georgia, Ukraine, and neighboring Kyrgyzstan is at all to blame for the killing of innocent men, women, and children in the Fergana Valley.

If so, the Bush administration, which has publicly championed “people power,” needsto act responsibly in its democracy promotion strategy—taking care not to provide false hope to those that confront hardline regimes, while making certain the United States does not associate itself with those regimes for no good reason. [...]

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Research Associate
Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress