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Kyrgyz Soundly Pass Constitutional Changes in Referendum
December 13, 2016
Kyrgyz Soundly Pass Constitutional Changes in Referendum
Kyrgyz voters cast ballots Sunday to approve constitutional changes that have many observers worried.
Kyrgyz Soundly Pass Constitutional Changes in Referendum
France Sets Kazakh Ex-Banker Free, Cancels Extradition Order
December 11, 2016
France Sets Kazakh Ex-Banker Free, Cancels Extradition Order
Mukhtar Ablyazov, a staunch opponent of Kazakhstan's president, walks free after three years in a French prison.
France Sets Kazakh Ex-Banker Free, Cancels Extradition Order
Kyrgyzstan's Controversial Constitutional Referendum
December 10, 2016
Kyrgyzstan's Controversial Constitutional Referendum
On Sunday, December 11, Kyrgyzstan's citizens will be asked to approve (or not) a host of constitutional changes.
Kyrgyzstan's Controversial Constitutional Referendum
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Railway
December 09, 2016
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Railway
The largely-unheralded railroad could be the key to restoring Afghanistan's role as a regional hub.
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Railway
Kazakhstan’s Zhanaozen Syndrome
December 09, 2016
Kazakhstan’s Zhanaozen Syndrome
Astana is taking harsh moves against freedom of assembly and international community is raising concerns.
Kazakhstan’s Zhanaozen Syndrome
What's Next in the Ablyazov Saga? French Court Set to Rule on Extradition
December 09, 2016
What's Next in the Ablyazov Saga? French Court Set to Rule on Extradition
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns that if Ablyazov is extradited to Russia, he will likely end up back in Kazakhstan.
What's Next in the Ablyazov Saga? French Court Set to Rule on Extradition
Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
December 08, 2016
Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
An IMF mission to the country says it "would be helpful" if the state explained its policies to citizens.
Turkmenistan: The Fool’s Golden Age
Election Whitewashing, Uzbekistan Edition
December 07, 2016
Election Whitewashing, Uzbekistan Edition
A smattering of Western actors found their way to Uzbekistan to offer paeans to Tashkent’s political system.
Election Whitewashing, Uzbekistan Edition
With Surprise Visa-Free Travel Plan, Is Uzbekistan 'Open for Business'?
December 07, 2016
With Surprise Visa-Free Travel Plan, Is Uzbekistan 'Open for Business'?
Central Asia watchers were genuinely surprised by the decision, and cautiously hopeful.
With Surprise Visa-Free Travel Plan, Is Uzbekistan 'Open for Business'?
Kazakhstan Jails Another Citizen for Separatist Comments Online
December 07, 2016
Kazakhstan Jails Another Citizen for Separatist Comments Online
Controversial, and insulting, posts on social media have landed another Kazakh in jail.
Kazakhstan Jails Another Citizen for Separatist Comments Online
To the Victor Go the Spoils? Uzbekistan’s New President and the Fate of $850 Million
December 06, 2016
To the Victor Go the Spoils? Uzbekistan’s New President and the Fate of $850 Million
Shavkat Mirziyoyev is the new Uzbek president, but experts caution against celebrating surface-level reforms too soon.
To the Victor Go the Spoils? Uzbekistan’s New President and the Fate of $850 Million
Trump and Nazarbayev’s ‘Miracle’ Chat
December 05, 2016
Trump and Nazarbayev’s ‘Miracle’ Chat
The next US president seems to have a predilection for praising autocrats.
Trump and Nazarbayev’s ‘Miracle’ Chat
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
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