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
The United States Faces a Security Assistance Dilemma in Central Asia
March 25, 2016
The United States Faces a Security Assistance Dilemma in Central Asia
The U.S. State Department has been ignoring many of its own rules for years; it's no surprise the Defense Department is too
The United States Faces a Security Assistance Dilemma in Central Asia
Kyrgyz President Might Skip SCO Summit Over Border Tensions
March 25, 2016
Kyrgyz President Might Skip SCO Summit Over Border Tensions
The summit isn't until June, so there's time for the tensions to either abate or further calcify.
Kyrgyz President Might Skip SCO Summit Over Border Tensions
Trumpmenbashi
March 22, 2016
Trumpmenbashi
What Central Asia’s spectacular states can tell us about authoritarianism in America.
Trumpmenbashi
Central Asia’s Year of Great Distractions
March 12, 2016
Central Asia’s Year of Great Distractions
Plus rumors on the Tajik border and Russia’s crisis; weekend reads.
Central Asia’s Year of Great Distractions
Uzbek Nanny Beheads Child in Moscow
March 03, 2016
Uzbek Nanny Beheads Child in Moscow
The grisly incident has been met with a surprising amount of calm on the part of the Kremlin.
Uzbek Nanny Beheads Child in Moscow
Tajikistan: Bailouts, Depots and Bad Neighbors
February 27, 2016
Tajikistan: Bailouts, Depots and Bad Neighbors
Recommended regional reads on Dushanbe's financial troubles, quest to quash opposition, and poor neighborly relations.
Tajikistan: Bailouts, Depots and Bad Neighbors
The Strange Case of Aramais Avakian
February 24, 2016
The Strange Case of Aramais Avakian
In Uzbekistan, a local dispute became an accusation of extremism.
The Strange Case of Aramais Avakian
How to Fight ISIS Messaging in Central Asia? Religious Freedom
February 20, 2016
How to Fight ISIS Messaging in Central Asia? Religious Freedom
In a recent discussion, Noah Tucker argues that religious freedom--as a policy--is simply the best counter to ISIS messaging efforts.
How to Fight ISIS Messaging in Central Asia? Religious Freedom
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