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US Puts Additional Central Asian Companies on Russia Sanctions List

US Puts Additional Central Asian Companies on Russia Sanctions List

By Catherine Putz
The latest round of sanctions designations included a Kyrgyzstan-based company and two firms based in Kazakhstan.

Karakalpak Activist Muratbai Given Asylum Seeker Status in Kazakhstan

Karakalpak Activist Muratbai Given Asylum Seeker Status in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
The certificate delays his extradition to Uzbekistan and could lead to the granting of refugee status. But in practice, the country rarely grants refugee status to anyone.
In Farcical Vote, Kyrgyz ‘Foreign Representative’ Law Moves Ahead Again

In Farcical Vote, Kyrgyz ‘Foreign Representative’ Law Moves Ahead Again

By Catherine Putz
Despite being under serious government pressure, Kyrgyz media reported that some deputies cast votes for their absent colleagues in violation of parliamentary rules.

Fratricidal Jihad: Assessing the Central Asian ISKP Attacks on Turkey

Fratricidal Jihad: Assessing the Central Asian ISKP Attacks on Turkey

By Uran Botobekov
Due to linguistic, religious, and cultural commonalities, members of the Islamic State and al-Qaida from Central Asia can often bypass security filters in the wider Turkic world.

Slow Suffocation in Central Asia

Slow Suffocation in Central Asia

By Alva Omarova
A lack of political will on the part of Central Asian governments prevents the region from dealing seriously with its air quality problem.

Prominent Karakalpak Activists Aqylbek Muratbai Facing Extradition From Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan

Prominent Karakalpak Activists Aqylbek Muratbai Facing Extradition From Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Muratbai has been a vital voice in calling attention to Uzbekistan's persecution of the Karakalpak people. His detention in Kazakhstan is yet another warning shot.

Japan’s Role in Healing the Aral Sea and Engaging Central Asia

Japan’s Role in Healing the Aral Sea and Engaging Central Asia

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez and Marin Ekstrom
Tokyo is a quiet but important partner to Central Asia, with notable engagement on projects related to the Aral Sea.
Germany Becomes First EU Country to Forge Strategic Partnership With Mongolia

Germany Becomes First EU Country to Forge Strategic Partnership With Mongolia

By Bolor Lkhaajav
The new strategic partnership is carrying Germany-Mongolia relations beyond the traditional framework of cooperation into mutual support on the international stage.

Smugglers and Scammers Make Wild Promises to Uzbeks Desperate to Reach US

Smugglers and Scammers Make Wild Promises to Uzbeks Desperate to Reach US

By Catherine Putz
Uzbek citizens interested in getting to the United States are confronted with a confusing miasma of regulations, made all the more murky by disinformation and scammers. 

Climate Change Is Fueling the Disappearance of the Aral Sea

Climate Change Is Fueling the Disappearance of the Aral Sea

By Victoria Milko
It's taking residents' livelihoods, too

Controversial Kyrgyz ‘Foreign Representatives’ Bill on Cusp of Becoming Law

Controversial Kyrgyz ‘Foreign Representatives’ Bill on Cusp of Becoming Law

By Catherine Putz
Despite opposition, both foreign and domestic, Kyrgyzstan continues to push forward a law that would enact further restrictions on organizations receiving funding from abroad.
Can Kazakhstan Stay the Course on Economic Reform?

Can Kazakhstan Stay the Course on Economic Reform?

By Bryn Windsor
As Astana moves from crisis management to long-term planning mode, the challenge will be whether the government can stick to its economic reform plans. 

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