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A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
February 22, 2017
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
The only numbers soaring in Turkmenistan are at the polls; meanwhile the economy deteriorates.
A Closer Look at Turkmenistan’s Election Numbers
The Transformation of Central Asian Jihadists in Syria
February 21, 2017
The Transformation of Central Asian Jihadists in Syria
A new alliance emerges and Central Asian militants fight on all sides of the war.
The Transformation of Central Asian Jihadists in Syria
Can Kazakhstan Look to Uzbekistan for Economic Dynamism?
February 18, 2017
Can Kazakhstan Look to Uzbekistan for Economic Dynamism?
Central Asia’s borders and Stalin; radio in the region and more; recommended links.
Can Kazakhstan Look to Uzbekistan for Economic Dynamism?
Glory to Kahagizstan! Atambayev Scores Saturday Night Live Mention
February 14, 2017
Glory to Kahagizstan! Atambayev Scores Saturday Night Live Mention
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev's name is part of the comedy, but the butt of the joke is the Trump administration.
Glory to Kahagizstan! Atambayev Scores Saturday Night Live Mention
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
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
Understanding Islamic Radicalization in Central Asia (UPDATED)
January 20, 2017
Understanding Islamic Radicalization in Central Asia (UPDATED)
An open letter from Central Asia scholars to the International Crisis Group, along with Crisis Group's response.
Understanding Islamic Radicalization in Central Asia (UPDATED)
A Lesson for the West From Central Asia
January 14, 2017
A Lesson for the West From Central Asia
Discontent will never disappear, but dissent may become dangerous.
A Lesson for the West From Central Asia
Thanks Dad! Tajik President's Son Gets A New Job
January 12, 2017
Thanks Dad! Tajik President's Son Gets A New Job
Rustam Emomali is the new mayor of Tajikistan's capital.
Thanks Dad! Tajik President's Son Gets A New Job
The Central Asian Women on the Frontline of Jihad
January 10, 2017
The Central Asian Women on the Frontline of Jihad
While ISIS draws in men to fight, it draws women to serve, marry, and remarry.
The Central Asian Women on the Frontline of Jihad
Uzbekistan Postpones Grand Opening: Visa Changes Delayed Until 2021
January 09, 2017
Uzbekistan Postpones Grand Opening: Visa Changes Delayed Until 2021
A previously heralded visa liberalization has been punted to 2021.
Uzbekistan Postpones Grand Opening: Visa Changes Delayed Until 2021
Russia's Buddhist Republic
January 04, 2017
Russia's Buddhist Republic
In Russia’s Republic of Kalmykia, the remnants of Buddhism sit in the Soviet Union’s lingering shadow.
Russia's Buddhist Republic
A Look Back at Central Asia in 2016
December 29, 2016
A Look Back at Central Asia in 2016
Accountability is good in governments and editors, a look back at my 2016 Central Asia Outlook
A Look Back at Central Asia in 2016
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
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
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