Spectacle and Sport at the World Nomad Games
Photo Essays
Spectacle and Sport at the World Nomad Games
A week of earnest competition, friendly contests, and a full-on Central Asian Burning Man-like festival.
Spectacle and Sport at the World Nomad Games
China’s Terrorist Problem Goes Global
Features
China’s Terrorist Problem Goes Global
An attack in Kyrgyzstan drives home what Beijing has long feared: Uyghur militants are integrating into global networks.
China’s Terrorist Problem Goes Global
A Post-Karimov Uzbekistan
Features
A Post-Karimov Uzbekistan
What does the future hold without the only leader Uzbekistan has ever known?
A Post-Karimov Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan: Corrupt, Anarchic – and Stable?
Features
Kyrgyzstan: Corrupt, Anarchic – and Stable?
Despite its problems, Kyrgyzstan may be Central Asia's most stable state. Here's why.
Kyrgyzstan: Corrupt, Anarchic – and Stable?
The Quiet Tajik Refugee Crisis
Features
The Quiet Tajik Refugee Crisis
A crackdown in Tajikistan has led to a little noticed surge in Tajik asylum seekers in Europe -- particularly Poland.
The Quiet Tajik Refugee Crisis
Is Central Asia Ready to Face ISIS?
Features
Is Central Asia Ready to Face ISIS?
Central Asian governments, which often conflate extremism and dissent, are unprepared for the risk they face.
Is Central Asia Ready to Face ISIS?
Kazakhstan’s Land Reforms
Features
Kazakhstan’s Land Reforms
A major debate on the contentious issue of land reforms is underway in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan’s Land Reforms
Tajikistan: The Iron Fist Closes
Features
Tajikistan: The Iron Fist Closes
Even as he consolidates power, Emomali Rahmon's paranoia knows no limits.
Tajikistan: The Iron Fist Closes
Kyrgyzstan: Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union and Its Discontents
Features
Kyrgyzstan: Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union and Its Discontents
At Dordoi Bazaar, the economic promise of the EEU appears remote.
Kyrgyzstan: Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union and Its Discontents
Diplomatic Access: Kyrgyzstan
Interviews
Diplomatic Access: Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz Ambassador Toktogulov on Central Asian security, Kyrgyz-U.S. relations, and Kyrgyzstan's democracy.
Diplomatic Access: Kyrgyzstan
Russia's Economy in 2016
Features
Russia's Economy in 2016
Falling oil prices and sanctions drive home the need for structural economic reform in Russia.
Russia's Economy in 2016
Georgia: The Key to China's 'Belt and Road'
Features
Georgia: The Key to China's 'Belt and Road'
Georgia has become a major hub for China's Silk Road plans, despite being left out entirely in the early stages.
Georgia: The Key to China's 'Belt and Road'
Gennady Golovkin and Kazakhstan’s Soft Power
Features
Gennady Golovkin and Kazakhstan’s Soft Power
The boxer is following a path first blazed by the Philippines' Manny Pacquiao.
Gennady Golovkin and Kazakhstan’s Soft Power
An Absence of Diplomacy: The Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border Dispute
Features
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
Uzbekistan: White Gold, Dirty Business
Magazine
Uzbekistan: White Gold, Dirty Business
Forced labor and financial opacity are the greatest sins of Uzbekistan’s cotton industry.
Uzbekistan: White Gold, Dirty Business
Khorgos: Where East Meets West
Magazine
Khorgos: Where East Meets West
Kazakhstan and China hope to make Khorgos Eastern Gate the new crossroads of Eurasia.
Khorgos: Where East Meets West
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