- Dec 17, 2009
The recent unrest and ethnic violence that has left nearly 200 dead in Kyrgyzstan will undoubtedly break into further tragedy if outside forces are not brought in to quell the violence. 85,000 Uzbeks have already crossed the border to escape the tension. The interim government has called for Russian assistance to put down the unrest, Russia refused and issued an emergency meeting of the CSTO. On one side there is of course Russia, but on the other there is an organisation whose purpose is to maintain order in Central Asia, this is known as the SCO. Both Russia and China are vying for supremacy in this organisation and hence the Central Asian Republics. Not only gas but also trillions in minerals are subject to discovery. Control would mean either Russia dominating minerals for the next century, or China finding resources to fuel her growth. Russia or China, CSTO or SCO? The response to the Kyrgyz crisis will determine whether half of Central Asia goes up in flames or who the hegemon of the region will be. Watch here for response to the crisis and let us see who really wields the power.