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Colleen Wood

Colleen Wood

Colleen Wood is a PhD student at Columbia University’s Political Science Department, focusing on state-building and identity issues in Eurasia.

Colleen Wood is a PhD student at Columbia University’s Political Science Department, focusing on state-building and identity issues in Eurasia. For The Diplomat, she writes about Central Asian politics and culture. Follow Colleen on Twitter or get in touch by email.

Posts by Colleen Wood
July 01, 2020

Reaktsiya 3.0: Kyrgyz Protest Internet Censorship Bill

By Colleen Wood
Will protests be enough to convince Kyrgyzstan’s president to veto a bill that would restrict freedom of speech online?

June 20, 2020

Viral Video Exposes Domestic Abuse in Kyrgyzstan. To What End?

By Colleen Wood
A viral video depicting horrific domestic abuse reveals tension in social media’s mobilizing power.
May 28, 2020

Fed Up Kyrgyz Forge Ahead with Online Protests

By Colleen Wood
What should we make of a new digital flashmob that channels widespread discontent with Kyrgyzstan’s government?

May 21, 2020

Kyrgyz Rapper Strikes Chord With Track Condemning Corruption

By Colleen Wood
Fans of Kyrgyz rap are quick to see parallels between traditional musical forms and a famous artist’s new release.

April 30, 2020

Have Press Freedoms Improved in Central Asia?

By Colleen Wood
What does a new global press freedom index really say about Central Asia?

April 21, 2020

Kyrgyz Girl Power Pop: ‘Bad Daughter, When Will We Be Free?’ 

By Colleen Wood
A new song draws attention to violence against women while reclaiming sounds and symbols of Kyrgyz national identity.
March 31, 2020

How Is Central Asia Handling COVID-19?

By Colleen Wood
A broader comparative frame is more productive for understanding how Central Asian governments are handling the coronavirus pandemic.

March 21, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues

By Colleen Wood
While COVID-19 dominates Kyrgyzstan’s media landscape, citizens make memes to keep now-distant social issues relevant.

February 28, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: Time to Lower the Threshold?

By Colleen Wood
Recent electoral reforms could incentivize corrupt campaigning, but is the answer to overhaul the new rules?

February 25, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: An Open Field

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan will have parliamentary elections in October; party fractionalization means the race is anyone’s game.

February 01, 2020

The Real Meaning of Manizha Mania

By Colleen Wood
A Tajik-Russian singer’s new video explores the double-bind of migration and assimilation.
January 17, 2020

Absurdity Reigns Supreme in Kyrgyzstan’s Neverending Atambayev Fiasco

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s legal system and former president Almazbek Atambayev are still locked in stalemate.

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