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Mongolia’s Small-Country Strategy for Containing COVID-19
March 28, 2020

Mongolia’s Small-Country Strategy for Containing COVID-19

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Mongolia’s small population might be an asset in fighting the new pandemic.

Atambayev Trial Begins With Postponement
March 25, 2020

Atambayev Trial Begins With Postponement

By Catherine Putz
Just as it was finally beginning, the trial of Almazbek Atambayev was postponed.
Border Closures in Eurasia Complicate Migrant Worker Movement
March 24, 2020

Border Closures in Eurasia Complicate Migrant Worker Movement

By Catherine Putz
With COVID-19 causing border closures, Central Asia's migrant workers are stuck and out of luck.

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Engage in Joint Military Exercises
March 23, 2020

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Engage in Joint Military Exercises

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan take joint responsibility for their border with Afghanistan.

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

Another 13 Years on Corruption Charges for Gulnara Karimova
March 18, 2020

Another 13 Years on Corruption Charges for Gulnara Karimova

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, negotiations go on between the Swiss and Uzbek governments over millions in frozen assets.

Iran Warns Virus Could Kill ‘Millions’ Within Its Borders
March 18, 2020

Iran Warns Virus Could Kill ‘Millions’ Within Its Borders

By Associated Press
The Islamic Republic issued its most serious warnings to date on the toll exacted by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
One Way to Look at the Overhaul in Russia? Putin Lacks a Dynastic Exit Strategy
March 17, 2020

One Way to Look at the Overhaul in Russia? Putin Lacks a Dynastic Exit Strategy

By Mike Smeltzer
Recent political moves reinforce the fact that Putin still lacks a well-placed family member to whom control could be handed, complicating his search for an exit strategy.

COVID-19 Arrives in Central Asia
March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Arrives in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
It was only a matter of time.

Kazakhstan Court Set To Free Prominent Political Prisoner
March 09, 2020

Kazakhstan Court Set To Free Prominent Political Prisoner

By Paolo Sorbello
Mukhtar Dzhakishev, former head of Kazakhstan's uranium company, obtained an early release decision due to his declining health.

Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker Detained After Rally in Bishkek Goes Awry
March 05, 2020

Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker Detained After Rally in Bishkek Goes Awry

By Catherine Putz
A former Kyrgyz lawmaker has been detained after a rally in support of a different jailed former parliamentarian went awry this past weekend.
Tajik Islamic State Sympathizer and Attack Ringleader Dies in Prison
March 04, 2020

Tajik Islamic State Sympathizer and Attack Ringleader Dies in Prison

By Catherine Putz
Hussein Abdusamadov was the leader, and sole surviving member, of the group of Tajiks who killed four foreign cyclists in the summer of 2018.

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