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Nazarbayev Goes to Washington
January 17, 2018
Nazarbayev Goes to Washington
Bilateral trade, Afghanistan, and North Korea's nukes were on the agenda.
Nazarbayev Goes to Washington
Why Iran's Monarchy Could Unite a Divided Country
January 13, 2018
Why Iran's Monarchy Could Unite a Divided Country
How the Persian monarchy once saved -- and may yet again save -- Iran.
Why Iran's Monarchy Could Unite a Divided Country
Remember the Eurasian Economic Union?
January 13, 2018
Remember the Eurasian Economic Union?
Oh yeah, that...how’s that going?
Remember the Eurasian Economic Union?
The Real Future of Green Energy in Kazakhstan
January 12, 2018
The Real Future of Green Energy in Kazakhstan
Given the dominance of conventional energy resources, are Astana’s green energy reforms merely publicity stunts?
The Real Future of Green Energy in Kazakhstan
Lawsuits Threaten Kazakhstan's Oil Money
January 12, 2018
Lawsuits Threaten Kazakhstan's Oil Money
A business venture gone awry could have major repercussions for Kazakhstan's oil fund.
Lawsuits Threaten Kazakhstan's Oil Money
Promise of Progress: Visas and Borders on the Uzbek-Tajik Agenda
January 12, 2018
Promise of Progress: Visas and Borders on the Uzbek-Tajik Agenda
An agreement on visa-free travel up to a month between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan is in the works.
Promise of Progress: Visas and Borders on the Uzbek-Tajik Agenda
Trump to Host Kazakh President Next Week
January 11, 2018
Trump to Host Kazakh President Next Week
The visit will be Nursultan Nazarbayev's first under the presidency of Donald Trump.
Trump to Host Kazakh President Next Week
Full of Gold: Chinese Company Which Sacked Kyrgyz Miners Claims Hard Times
January 10, 2018
Full of Gold: Chinese Company Which Sacked Kyrgyz Miners Claims Hard Times
Full Gold Mining fired 370 Kyrgyz workers after they refused new contracts that included a 30 percent salary cut.
Full of Gold: Chinese Company Which Sacked Kyrgyz Miners Claims Hard Times
Uzbekistan’s President to Visit Tajikistan Soon
January 09, 2018
Uzbekistan’s President to Visit Tajikistan Soon
While there's no date yet, the visit is expected in early 2018 and will mark a significant diplomatic step in the region.
Uzbekistan’s President to Visit Tajikistan Soon
Apologies and Blame: Former Economy Minister on Trial in Kazakhstan for Corruption
January 09, 2018
Apologies and Blame: Former Economy Minister on Trial in Kazakhstan for Corruption
Kuandyk Bishimbayev, accused of bribery and embezzlement, maintains his innocence.
Apologies and Blame: Former Economy Minister on Trial in Kazakhstan for Corruption
Silk Road Fever and Another Corruption Report
January 06, 2018
Silk Road Fever and Another Corruption Report
As 2018 began, a glut of Central Asia-themed reports surfaced in major media outlets; recommended reads.
Silk Road Fever and Another Corruption Report
The Feminized Farm: Labor Migration and Women's Roles in Tajikistan's Rural Communities
January 04, 2018
The Feminized Farm: Labor Migration and Women's Roles in Tajikistan's Rural Communities
As Tajik men go abroad in search of higher pay, women take on increased roles in Tajikistan's agriculture sector.
The Feminized Farm: Labor Migration and Women's Roles in Tajikistan's Rural Communities
Turkmenistan Banned Black Cars. So What?
January 04, 2018
Turkmenistan Banned Black Cars. So What?
The key is to look past the absurdity and pay attention to the impact.
Turkmenistan Banned Black Cars. So What?
With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom
January 03, 2018
With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom
Astana consulted journalists on revisions to the country's media law, and then ignored their recommendations.
With Media Law Amendments, Kazakhstan Deals a Blow to Press Freedom
Turkmenistan Turns Off the Lights in Northern Afghanistan
January 03, 2018
Turkmenistan Turns Off the Lights in Northern Afghanistan
Nothing says friendship like turning off the power on New Year’s Eve.
Turkmenistan Turns Off the Lights in Northern Afghanistan
Assessing Expectations: 2017 in Central Asia
December 30, 2017
Assessing Expectations: 2017 in Central Asia
How did my 2017 outlook measure up to reality?
Assessing Expectations: 2017 in Central Asia
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