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Why Kazakhstan Goes to Court in the United States
February 07, 2017
Why Kazakhstan Goes to Court in the United States
Kazakhstan, over the past few years, has filed repeated lawsuits with American courts against opposition actors.
Why Kazakhstan Goes to Court in the United States
The Kyrgyz Baptists: A Case Study in Religious Persecution in Central Asia
February 06, 2017
The Kyrgyz Baptists: A Case Study in Religious Persecution in Central Asia
The troubling treatment of converted Baptists highlights the growing problem of radicalization in Central Asia.
The Kyrgyz Baptists: A Case Study in Religious Persecution in Central Asia
Western Fingerprints on Uzbek Crime Racket
February 03, 2017
Western Fingerprints on Uzbek Crime Racket
Tashkent wants nearly $1 billion in frozen assets back, but the state is complicit in the original corruption.
Western Fingerprints on Uzbek Crime Racket
Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?
February 03, 2017
Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?
What factors were tying Gorbachev's hands in the final months of the Soviet Union?
Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?
Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan May Have Uncovered a Smuggling Scheme
February 03, 2017
Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan May Have Uncovered a Smuggling Scheme
The January 16 crash at Manas may have blown back the cover of a smuggling operation.
Plane Crash in Kyrgyzstan May Have Uncovered a Smuggling Scheme
A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities
January 31, 2017
A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities
Modern Central Asian states, like their Soviet predecessor, like to overemphasize ethnic harmony.
A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities
Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Changes and Atambayev's Self-Preservation
January 30, 2017
Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Changes and Atambayev's Self-Preservation
The presidential elections later this year will be a major test for Kyrgyzstan's democracy and Atambayev's intentions.
Kyrgyzstan's Constitutional Changes and Atambayev's Self-Preservation
From Uzbekistan to Missouri: An Immigration Story
January 28, 2017
From Uzbekistan to Missouri: An Immigration Story
An Uzbek family's journey to America; ice fishermen in Kazakhstan; and politics in Tajikistan. Weekend reads.
From Uzbekistan to Missouri: An Immigration Story
Are Political Reforms Afoot in Kazakhstan?
January 27, 2017
Are Political Reforms Afoot in Kazakhstan?
Not so fast; Nazarbayev will remain the “supreme arbiter.”
Are Political Reforms Afoot in Kazakhstan?
Kazakhstan Plans to Ban Anonymous Commenters
January 25, 2017
Kazakhstan Plans to Ban Anonymous Commenters
Astana’s record of policing speech undercuts the attractiveness of doing away with anonymous internet comments.
Kazakhstan Plans to Ban Anonymous Commenters
Syrian Sides Snub Final Document at Astana Peace Talks
January 25, 2017
Syrian Sides Snub Final Document at Astana Peace Talks
Russia, Turkey and Iran conclude the two-day negotiation with an agreement on jointly monitoring the shaky ceasefire.
Syrian Sides Snub Final Document at Astana Peace Talks
In Kyrgyzstan, No Freedom for Askarov
January 24, 2017
In Kyrgyzstan, No Freedom for Askarov
A Bishkek court upheld the human rights defender's life sentence.
In Kyrgyzstan, No Freedom for Askarov
Oil Workers on Hunger Strike in Kazakhstan
January 21, 2017
Oil Workers on Hunger Strike in Kazakhstan
A strike in Kazakhstan, Dushanbe to phase out marshrutkas and Turkmenistan’s deepening crisis; recommended reads.
Oil Workers on Hunger Strike in Kazakhstan
An Uzbek Transition for Kazakhstan?
January 20, 2017
An Uzbek Transition for Kazakhstan?
When the time comes, can a post-Nazarbayev Astana model Uzbekistan's smooth transfer of power?
An Uzbek Transition for Kazakhstan?
Engines and Oil: Rolls-Royce Paid Bribes to Bring Its Business to Kazakhstan
January 19, 2017
Engines and Oil: Rolls-Royce Paid Bribes to Bring Its Business to Kazakhstan
This week Rolls-Royce agreed to pay $800 million to settle corruption investigations in the U.S., UK, and Brazil.
Engines and Oil: Rolls-Royce Paid Bribes to Bring Its Business to Kazakhstan
Astana Syria Talks: Pressure and Prominence Rising
January 18, 2017
Astana Syria Talks: Pressure and Prominence Rising
Next week peace talks are scheduled in Kazakhstan, but can the chaos of the Syrian war be settled on the steppe?
Astana Syria Talks: Pressure and Prominence Rising
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