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Cholpon Orozobekova

Cholpon Orozobekova

Cholpon Orozobekova is a researcher and journalist from Kyrgyzstan, currently based in Geneva. She writes on Russia, China, and Central Asian issues. In October 2016 she began work as The Diplomat’s UN correspondent in Geneva and reports from the UN Human Rights Council and other UN side events.

Cholpon holds an Executive Master degree in International Negotiation and Policymaking from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies. She also holds an MA in International and European Security from the University of Geneva. Her Bachelor’s degree is from Kyrgyz State Pedagogical University. She previously worked for RFE/RL, IWPR, BBC ‘s Kyrgyz Service, and several local newspapers in Kyrgyzstan.

Medieval Torture in Turkmenistan
November 22, 2016
Medieval Torture in Turkmenistan
The UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva questions Turkmenistan over abuses in its prisons.
Medieval Torture in Turkmenistan
Can China's Ambitious OBOR Mesh With Russian Plans in Eurasia?
November 09, 2016
Can China's Ambitious OBOR Mesh With Russian Plans in Eurasia?
Russia realizes the importance of partnership with China, but remains suspicious and cautious.
Can China's Ambitious OBOR Mesh With Russian Plans in Eurasia?
Russia Loses Seat at the UN Human Rights Council
October 31, 2016
Russia Loses Seat at the UN Human Rights Council
UN member states voted against Russia, granting a symbolic victory to human rights organizations.
Russia Loses Seat at the UN Human Rights Council
Sri Lanka: Separatists or Minorities?
October 22, 2016
Sri Lanka: Separatists or Minorities?
UN Special Rapporteur says Sri Lanka needs to show its commitment to minority rights through concrete action.
Sri Lanka: Separatists or Minorities?
Kidnapped by China: Beijing's Battle Against Dissidents and Free Speech
October 07, 2016
Kidnapped by China: Beijing's Battle Against Dissidents and Free Speech
Since 2015, China has allegedly begun abducting dissidents from third countries.
Kidnapped by China: Beijing's Battle Against Dissidents and Free Speech
A Post-Karimov Uzbekistan
September 03, 2016
A Post-Karimov Uzbekistan
What does the future hold without the only leader Uzbekistan has ever known?
A Post-Karimov Uzbekistan
Tajikistan: The Iron Fist Closes
June 08, 2016
Tajikistan: The Iron Fist Closes
Even as he consolidates power, Emomali Rahmon's paranoia knows no limits.
Tajikistan: The Iron Fist Closes
Daniiar Mukashev on the World Nomad Games
May 16, 2016
Daniiar Mukashev on the World Nomad Games
“The World Nomad Games demonstrates our rich cultural heritage.”
Daniiar Mukashev on the World Nomad Games
An Absence of Diplomacy: The Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border Dispute
April 01, 2016
An Absence of Diplomacy: The Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border Dispute
The Kyrgyz-Uzbek border has rarely been tranquil, but the latest escalation is significant.
An Absence of Diplomacy: The Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border Dispute
Central Asia’s Presidents-for-Life
February 05, 2016
Central Asia’s Presidents-for-Life
Don’t hold your breath waiting for democratic transitions in Central Asia.
Central Asia’s Presidents-for-Life
Will Kyrgyzstan Go Russian on NGOs?
October 22, 2015
Will Kyrgyzstan Go Russian on NGOs?
The foreign agents law has paralyzed NGOs in Russia. Now Kyrgyzstan is considering similar legislation.
Will Kyrgyzstan Go Russian on NGOs?
Central Asia and the ISIS Phantom
October 02, 2015
Central Asia and the ISIS Phantom
The region’s leaders have been playing up the ISIS threat. How real is it?
Central Asia and the ISIS Phantom
Trouble in Tajikistan
September 15, 2015
Trouble in Tajikistan
The ISIS obsession of President Emomali Rahmon could lead to further turmoil.
Trouble in Tajikistan
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