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Khujand, Tajikistan — This morning I had coffee with officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSEC), which maintains a field office here in northern Tajikistan. What’s on their agenda? Locating and decommissioning scores of secret weapons caches left over from the Tajik Civil War. With Tajikistan already serving as a transit country for narcotics and militants, the prospect of cross-boarder arms trafficking (especially trafficking in old and potentially unstable munitions) is one threat the region simply doesn’t need. The photograph accompanying this post underscores the danger. While many border crossings are heavily guarded, the system of enclaves and exclaves throughout the Fergana Valley has led to the creation of “off road” smuggling routes like the one shown here.