Is a Banking Supergiant in the Making in Kazakhstan?
December 02, 2016
Is a Banking Supergiant in the Making in Kazakhstan?
The country's two largest banks -- Halyk Bank and Qazkom -- could merge next year
Is a Banking Supergiant in the Making in Kazakhstan?
What to Expect from Uzbekistan's Presidential Election
December 02, 2016
What to Expect from Uzbekistan's Presidential Election
More of the same, but with a new face.
What to Expect from Uzbekistan's Presidential Election
ISIS Uses Central Asians for Suicide Missions
December 01, 2016
ISIS Uses Central Asians for Suicide Missions
As ISIS comes under pressure in Mosul, Central Asian fighters find themselves trapped.
ISIS Uses Central Asians for Suicide Missions
Tajikistan Revokes Journalists' Accreditation For Reporting Facts
November 30, 2016
Tajikistan Revokes Journalists' Accreditation For Reporting Facts
RFE/RL’s Tajik Service reported facts listed on a government website and was punished for it.
Tajikistan Revokes Journalists' Accreditation For Reporting Facts
Terror and Protest: 2 Trials End in Kazakhstan
November 29, 2016
Terror and Protest: 2 Trials End in Kazakhstan
As Astana faces its 25th independence anniversary, Kazakhstan has some introspection to do on its much-touted unity.
Terror and Protest: 2 Trials End in Kazakhstan
Long-Held Political Prisoner to Be Released in Uzbekistan
November 26, 2016
Long-Held Political Prisoner to Be Released in Uzbekistan
After more than 23 years, Samandar Qoqonov is to be released from jail.
Long-Held Political Prisoner to Be Released in Uzbekistan
Is Nazarbayev’s New Personality Cult a Prelude to an Exit?
November 24, 2016
Is Nazarbayev’s New Personality Cult a Prelude to an Exit?
A new banknote with Nazarbayev's image and a possible eponymous renaming of Astana may signal a potential departure.
Is Nazarbayev’s New Personality Cult a Prelude to an Exit?
Will Turkey Join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Instead of the EU?
November 24, 2016
Will Turkey Join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Instead of the EU?
Turkish President Erdogan has his eyes set on joining China and Russia's security club.
Will Turkey Join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Instead of the EU?
Who Are Central Asia's Exiles?
November 24, 2016
Who Are Central Asia's Exiles?
A new database pools information about political exiles pursued across borders by the states of Central Asia
Who Are Central Asia's Exiles?
California Secession: From Russia With Love?
November 23, 2016
California Secession: From Russia With Love?
One of the primary backers for #Calexit makes no secret about his connection with Russia.
California Secession: From Russia With Love?
Trade Connectivity: The Missing Link in the Belt and Road
November 23, 2016
Trade Connectivity: The Missing Link in the Belt and Road
China’s Central Asia plans need more than infrastructure if they are to reach their potential.
Trade Connectivity: The Missing Link in the Belt and Road
What’s the Mish-Mish on Gulnara Karimova?
November 23, 2016
What’s the Mish-Mish on Gulnara Karimova?
An anonymous source says she's dead, another anonymous source says she's alive.
What’s the Mish-Mish on Gulnara Karimova?
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
Building Collapse an Ill-Omen for Kazakh EXPO 2017
November 19, 2016
Building Collapse an Ill-Omen for Kazakh EXPO 2017
Also, a lucrative apartment sale in Manhattan and China’s Central Asian belt.
Building Collapse an Ill-Omen for Kazakh EXPO 2017
Kyrgyzstan Gripes About EEU Access
November 18, 2016
Kyrgyzstan Gripes About EEU Access
Meanwhile, the EEU's leader, Russia, pushes for more FTAs.
Kyrgyzstan Gripes About EEU Access
Bribes, Bad MPs, and Whistleblowers: Analyzing Public Perceptions of Corruption in Eurasia
November 17, 2016
Bribes, Bad MPs, and Whistleblowers: Analyzing Public Perceptions of Corruption in Eurasia
A new report details public perceptions and experiences with corruption.
Bribes, Bad MPs, and Whistleblowers: Analyzing Public Perceptions of Corruption in Eurasia
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