'Bridges to Nowhere' America's Unsavory Friends in Central Asia

The US is anxious to broaden its influence in Central Asia -- and limit that of Russia. The result, however, are questionable alliances with some of the strangest despots in the world.
In Central Asia, contrasts are often stark.

In Central Asia, contrasts are often stark.

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Originals: The Key Central Asian Cables