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Illustration: Bahrain

SALHANI: Is Iran behind an attempted coup?

Bahrain may be the smallest Arab country, but it plays a major role in the overall security of the Gulf region and the Middle East. Among other things, Bahrain serves as the regional headquarters to the U.S. Navy fleet operating in the Gulf. It may be an island, but it is linked to the Saudi Arabian mainland by a 15-mile causeway, taking one straight into the desert kingdom's Eastern province, the largest oil-producing region in the world. And into one of the more volatile regions on the face of the globe, where all the ingredients for an explosive situation are present: oil, religion and politics. Published September 22, 2010

SALHANI: Revolt in Central Asia

Civil unrest is not something new in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, a country of outstanding natural beauty and much political strife. What appears to have been spontaneous demonstrations in the capital, Bishkek, last Wednesday quickly spread to other parts of the country, leading to the ouster of the president, the resignation of the prime minister, the dissolving of the Parliament and a change of regime by the end of the day. About 70 people are feared to have lost their lives in the day's violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces. Among the dead is thought to be the country's minister of the interior, who ultimately was responsible for security, an authority he has been accused of abusing. Published April 12, 2010

Kazakh official warns against quitting Afghanistan

When Kazakhstan's foreign minister, Kanat Saudabayev, begins a five-day U.S. visit in Washington on Monday, one of the main topics of discussion is likely to be a proposal to hold a summit meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Published February 1, 2010

Kazakhstan assumes presidency of Europe security group

ASTANA, Kazakhstan | History is in the making in this Central Asian republic, the largest and the most developed of the former Soviet republics east of the Urals, as Kazakhstan assumed the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Thursday. Published January 15, 2010