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What Did Kazakhstan Learn from the Almaty Shooting?
November 01, 2016
What Did Kazakhstan Learn from the Almaty Shooting?
Kulikbayev has already admitted guilt, but what lessons will the state draw from the tragedy?
What Did Kazakhstan Learn from the Almaty Shooting?
Dam Deja-Vu: Construction Begins at Rogun
November 01, 2016
Dam Deja-Vu: Construction Begins at Rogun
40 years after the first time construction began at the site, Tajikistan moves forward with the record-setting dam.
Dam Deja-Vu: Construction Begins at Rogun
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
The Belt and Road: Beyond Geopolitics and Development
October 28, 2016
The Belt and Road: Beyond Geopolitics and Development
Political economy, terrorism narratives for state gain, and historical memory; recommended reads.
The Belt and Road: Beyond Geopolitics and Development
Tajikistan's Aluminum Company Lives on Subsidies and Debt Write-Offs
October 28, 2016
Tajikistan's Aluminum Company Lives on Subsidies and Debt Write-Offs
Tajikistan, hoping to score a bailout from the IMF, is making unbelievable promises to lower electricity subsidies.
Tajikistan's Aluminum Company Lives on Subsidies and Debt Write-Offs
What Can Be Done About Central Asia's Water and Electricity Woes?
October 27, 2016
What Can Be Done About Central Asia's Water and Electricity Woes?
It’s politics that will damn the project billed by funders as a step toward regional energy security.
What Can Be Done About Central Asia's Water and Electricity Woes?
Kyrgyzstan Bans Pornographic and Violent Movies
October 25, 2016
Kyrgyzstan Bans Pornographic and Violent Movies
Pornography may be the headline item, but the list of prohibited topics is huge, including regime change and violence.
Kyrgyzstan Bans Pornographic and Violent Movies
External Shocks Continue to Put Pressure on Central Asian Economies
October 25, 2016
External Shocks Continue to Put Pressure on Central Asian Economies
The IMF forecasts the slowest economic recovery in almost two decades.
External Shocks Continue to Put Pressure on Central Asian Economies
Tracing the Quran's Journey
October 25, 2016
Tracing the Quran's Journey
A major exhibit in Washington, D.C., showcases the world's many Qurans.
Tracing the Quran's Journey
Kyrgyz Government Coalition Breaks Over Constitutional Referendum
October 24, 2016
Kyrgyz Government Coalition Breaks Over Constitutional Referendum
The president's party, SDPK, cited “irreconcilable political views” as its reason for withdrawing from the coalition.
Kyrgyz Government Coalition Breaks Over Constitutional Referendum
Nazarbayev and the Rise of the Kleptocrats
October 24, 2016
Nazarbayev and the Rise of the Kleptocrats
A new report details, in part, how Kazakhstan’s president has helped define the new authoritarian normal.
Nazarbayev and the Rise of the Kleptocrats
Beware the Limits of Foreign Aid in Tajikistan
October 21, 2016
Beware the Limits of Foreign Aid in Tajikistan
International assistance may not go as far as some claim it will.
Beware the Limits of Foreign Aid in Tajikistan
Kyrgyzstan Can’t Find Constitution, Referendum To Change It Moves Forward
October 20, 2016
Kyrgyzstan Can’t Find Constitution, Referendum To Change It Moves Forward
Unless something truly surprising happens, it looks like Kyrgyzstan will have a referendum on December 11.
Kyrgyzstan Can’t Find Constitution, Referendum To Change It Moves Forward
Trump's Ties to Transnational Corruption
October 20, 2016
Trump's Ties to Transnational Corruption
A bit more light on the manner in which post-Soviet elites access American property markets, and presidential nominees.
Trump's Ties to Transnational Corruption
From Almaty to Soho: Did a Kazakh Oligarch Launder Money Through a Trump Property?
October 20, 2016
From Almaty to Soho: Did a Kazakh Oligarch Launder Money Through a Trump Property?
A Financial Times investigation picks through the murky path from the former mayor of Almaty to Trump Soho.
From Almaty to Soho: Did a Kazakh Oligarch Launder Money Through a Trump Property?
Why Chinese Money Is not the Answer to Mongolia's Economic Woes
October 20, 2016
Why Chinese Money Is not the Answer to Mongolia's Economic Woes
Mongolia weighs IMF financing against Chinese alternative.
Why Chinese Money Is not the Answer to Mongolia's Economic Woes
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