For Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, Prof. Alexander Cooley commented on the growing "prominence" of a military base in Uzbekistan.
An excerpt: The Northern Distribution Network is expected to play an even more prominent role thanks to the rise in traffic at a little-known logistics hub established by Korean Airlines at Navoi Airport in Uzbekistan in August 2010. Alexander Cooley, the author of the book Base Politics and an assistant professor at Barnard College, says that over the past year air traffic into Navoi has tripled, at least according to Uzbek sources. “Even though the U.S. military does not like to discuss the various points of origin and entry and so forth,” he says, “we have a pretty good idea that a lot of equipment is also being transported through this particular Uzbek hub.”
Cooley is Associate 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.