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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
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October 17, 2019

Navigating Between Academia and Activism in Central Asia

By Colleen Wood
Human dignity and scholarly integrity are critical when it comes to researching and intervening in human rights activism.
September 27, 2019

Is Regional Cooperation in Central Asia All About Stability?

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasized stability in a talk about regional cooperation.

September 16, 2019

Kyrgyzstan’s Zere Asylbek Back With a Moody Political Track

By Colleen Wood
Zere Asylbek’s new single pushes Kyrgyz society to get over its political apathy.

August 29, 2019

#MeTooTalgo: Kazakh Activists Push to Toughen Rape Law

By Colleen Wood
In Kazakhstan, discussion about sexual violence -- and how it’s treated under the law -- has hit a tipping point.

August 10, 2019

Kyrgyzstan: Sorting Through the Media Buzz Amid a Crisis

By Colleen Wood
Efforts to cover an unfolding political crisis in Kyrgyzstan struggle to balance accuracy with the need for up-to-date information.
August 02, 2019

The Enduring Difficulty of Settling the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s presidents met recently to discuss border delimitation in the wake of recent violence.

July 23, 2019

Bishkek’s Bright Bins: Recycling Comes to the Kyrgyz Capital

By Colleen Wood
A new recycling initiative in Bishkek looks snazzy, but the intended environmental impact is dubious.
June 25, 2019

Can Quotas Fix Gender Disparity in Kyrgyzstan’s Politics?

By Colleen Wood
A draft law proposing gender quotas for Kyrgyzstan’s village councils could help increase women’s representation at the local level.

June 07, 2019

New Civic Movement Urges Kazakhstan to ‘Wake Up’

By Colleen Wood
Days before presidential elections, a new movement in Kazakhstan calls on citizens to wake up and demand more say in government.

May 29, 2019

A Wedding Dress, a Tweet, and Kyrgyzstan’s Culture Wars

By Colleen Wood
The life cycle of a social media scandal is brief, but a recent episode raises key questions about freedom and gender equality.

May 14, 2019

What are the Prospects for Reform in Uzbekistan?

By Colleen Wood
A panel of experts say that prospects for genuine reform in Uzbekistan look promising, but are not guaranteed.
April 25, 2019

Can Social Media Change Governance in Central Asia?

By Colleen Wood
Improved digital infrastructure and pushes for reform are changing how Central Asian politicians and bureaucrats govern.

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