Dushanbe is relatively secure, but there have been occasional muggings and petty crime against foreigners.
Women should avoid going out alone at night, and may suffer harassment even during the day.
There are sporadic clashes between border forces and drug traffickers along the Afghan border, particularly in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast.
The most recent incident on 10 June 2014 resulted in a number of injuries.
Other ethnic groups that were caught within the country as the borders in Central Asia were redrawn during the Soviet era include Uzbeks, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Kazakhs, Uyghur, and Bukharan and European Jews.
Beginning in the eighteenth century, many Russians migrated to the area as soldiers and laborers.
Each Tajik woman I have met shines with a unique strength, and each deserves her story told. During our second weekend in Tajikistan, I went with my three fellow Unofficial Ambassadors to Korvon, one of the more popular markets in Dushanbe.
Faridun, our coordinator, guided us through the unfamiliar bus system and busy marketplace.
While there, we stopped in the fabric section to pick out material to have tailored into a kurta, the traditional Tajik dress.
I looked back from a row of fabrics and saw Julia, another intern, talking to a Tajik girl.
“Why are you so shy to show your face to the camera, and yet not shy to go to the restaurant with an Azerbaijani?