The Expat Oasis

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan — The uber-modern Hyatt Regency is guarded by Jersey barriers, security cameras, fences, a bomb sweep, and large muscular chaps with names like “Jaffar” and “Omid.” I’m not sure whether these accoutrements make the hotel more secure, or simply more surreal. But between the empty rooms and the quiet professionals with diplomatic passports, it feels like a James Bond movie set.