India and Pakistan to Join SCO, Is Iran Next?
May 26, 2016
India and Pakistan to Join SCO, Is Iran Next?
After 15 years, the group is set to expand this summer.
India and Pakistan to Join SCO, Is Iran Next?
Protests and Referendums in Central Asia
May 21, 2016
Protests and Referendums in Central Asia
Protests in Kazakhstan, a referendum in Tajikistan, and more. Central Asia weekend reading.
Protests and Referendums in Central Asia
Explaining the GM Uzbekistan Scandal
May 18, 2016
Explaining the GM Uzbekistan Scandal
Simple corruption, delinquent Russian distributors, or political struggle?
Explaining the GM Uzbekistan Scandal
ISIS and Central Asia: A Shifting Recruiting Strategy
May 17, 2016
ISIS and Central Asia: A Shifting Recruiting Strategy
The region’s leaders must ask themselves if they are ready to deal with new threats tailored to recruit the discontented.
ISIS and Central Asia: A Shifting Recruiting Strategy
What Caused a 200-Man Fight in a Moscow Cemetery?
May 17, 2016
What Caused a 200-Man Fight in a Moscow Cemetery?
The incident will do little to improve the public perception of Central Asian migrant workers in Russia.
What Caused a 200-Man Fight in a Moscow Cemetery?
Andijan and its Boogeymen
May 13, 2016
Andijan and its Boogeymen
Uzbek corruption, Chinese influence in Kazakhstan, and hipsters; weekend reads.
Andijan and its Boogeymen
A Choice in Uzbekistan: Freshly Hatched Chicks or Cash?
May 13, 2016
A Choice in Uzbekistan: Freshly Hatched Chicks or Cash?
In modern and ancient Asia alike, food and consumable products have been stores of wealth.
A Choice in Uzbekistan: Freshly Hatched Chicks or Cash?
Uzbekistan's Karimov Out-Talks Putin in Moscow
April 28, 2016
Uzbekistan's Karimov Out-Talks Putin in Moscow
Karimov rambled about vegetables and doesn't think the SCO should get involved in Afghanistan.
Uzbekistan's Karimov Out-Talks Putin in Moscow
US Wants Gulnara to Give Back $550 Million in Corruption Proceeds
April 27, 2016
US Wants Gulnara to Give Back $550 Million in Corruption Proceeds
“Government Official A” named in massive corruption case is no longer anonymous.
US Wants Gulnara to Give Back $550 Million in Corruption Proceeds
What Do Central Asia and the Middle East Have In Common?
April 23, 2016
What Do Central Asia and the Middle East Have In Common?
Plus, Islam and legitimacy in Uzbekistan; a quiet border and a dying Tajik theater. Recommended reads.
What Do Central Asia and the Middle East Have In Common?
A Tajik Gardener’s Blooming Botanical Garden
April 16, 2016
A Tajik Gardener’s Blooming Botanical Garden
Another Kazakh corruption scandal and the difficulties of field research in Central Asia; recommended reads.
A Tajik Gardener’s Blooming Botanical Garden
US Report Highlights Central Asia Human Rights Abuses
April 14, 2016
US Report Highlights Central Asia Human Rights Abuses
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan are called “authoritarian states." Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan don’t escape criticism either.
US Report Highlights Central Asia Human Rights Abuses
Central Asia: Nations (No Longer) in Transit
April 13, 2016
Central Asia: Nations (No Longer) in Transit
Freedom House’s annual report marks 12 years of democratic declines.
Central Asia: Nations (No Longer) in Transit
Poll: Central Asia Points to the US as its Biggest Threat
April 06, 2016
Poll: Central Asia Points to the US as its Biggest Threat
Afghanistan also tops the list of regional responses to a Gallup Poll last year; ISIS makes an appearance too.
Poll: Central Asia Points to the US as its Biggest Threat
What Happens During Turkmen Military Drills?
April 02, 2016
What Happens During Turkmen Military Drills?
Also, the plight of Tajik afgantsy, US-Uzbek relations and fighting stereotypes in Kazakhstan. Recommended reads.
What Happens During Turkmen Military Drills?
Security Tops German Foreign Minister’s Agenda in Central Asia
March 30, 2016
Security Tops German Foreign Minister’s Agenda in Central Asia
The minister is visiting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan this week.
Security Tops German Foreign Minister’s Agenda in Central Asia
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