In The Washington Post, political science professor Alexander Cooley is quoted in an article about human rights groups rallying to oppose U.S. military aid to Uzbekistan, despite the nation's critical location for getting supplies in and out of Afghanistan. An excerpt:

“In reality, Uzbekistan is really at the center of all these routes,” Alexander Cooley, a Barnard College professor and an expert on U.S. military relations in Central Asia, told The Post earlier this summer. “They’re certainly in the catbird seat. And they know it.”

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Cooley is Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard and a Faculty Member of Columbia’s Harriman Institute.  His research examines how external actors– including international organizations, aid donors, multinational companies, non-governmental organizations, and foreign military bases – have influenced the political and economic development of the former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus.