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Kazakhstan Continues to Break Ranks With Russia
September 23, 2022

Kazakhstan Continues to Break Ranks With Russia

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
The not-so-subtle criticism of the Russian government regarding Ukraine in Kazakh President Tokayev’s UNGA speech should not be overlooked.

As Russia Mobilizes, Central Asian Embassies Warn Citizens Against Joining a Foreign War
September 22, 2022

As Russia Mobilizes, Central Asian Embassies Warn Citizens Against Joining a Foreign War

By Catherine Putz
The risks of Central Asian migrant workers being pressured into joining Russia’s war effort have intensified in tandem with Moscow’s desperation.
Mongolia, Australia Celebrate 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations
September 21, 2022

Mongolia, Australia Celebrate 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Australia and Mongolia established ties in 1972, but their relationship began to pick up steam much more recently.

Kyrgyz-Tajik Conflict Escalates Even Though Presidents Met at SCO
September 19, 2022

Kyrgyz-Tajik Conflict Escalates Even Though Presidents Met at SCO

By Catherine Putz
That after 30 years, various Kyrgyz presidents and Rahmon -- who has been Tajik president since 1994 -- have not been able to settle the border is a major failing.

More than a ‘Border Skirmish’ Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
September 19, 2022

More than a ‘Border Skirmish’ Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

By Aijan Sharshenova
The recent outbreak of hostilities on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border represents a dangerous escalation from previous tension and skirmishes to a distinct act of aggression.

Xinjiang Kazakh Plans Political Party to Counter China’s Xi
September 17, 2022

Xinjiang Kazakh Plans Political Party to Counter China’s Xi

By Dake Kang
Despite Xi’s warm official reception in Kazakhstan, the general population is disturbed by reports of oppression aimed at Kazakhs in China.

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 
September 15, 2022

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 

By Paolo Sorbello
Jusan Bank, linked to the country’s former president, will divest from Kcell. 
Uzbekistan’s Looted Museums and Forged Artifacts
September 15, 2022

Uzbekistan’s Looted Museums and Forged Artifacts

By Niginakhon Saida
As New Uzbekistan aims to attract more tourists, local museums are finally receiving long-due attention, including in regard to stolen artifacts.

Russia Brands Exiled Tajik Opposition Party a ‘Terrorist’ Organization
September 14, 2022

Russia Brands Exiled Tajik Opposition Party a ‘Terrorist’ Organization

By Catherine Putz
The designation by Russia of the IRPT as an extremist organization may put Tajik citizens in Russia further at risk.

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms
September 14, 2022

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan is to introduce a single seven-year presidential term and revert the capital’s name to “Astana.”

Russia’s War in Ukraine the Backdrop to Pope’s Kazakh Visit 
September 13, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine the Backdrop to Pope’s Kazakh Visit 

By Nicole Winfield and Kostya Manenkov
The most noteworthy aspects of Pope Francis' visit to Kazakhstan might be the missed opportunities.
Why China’s Xi Is Visiting Kazakhstan First
September 13, 2022

Why China’s Xi Is Visiting Kazakhstan First

By Catherine Putz
Before Xi travels to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for the SCO summit and a bilateral with Russian President Putin, he’ll land in Kazakhstan for a state visit.

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