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As the Dust Settles from Kyrgyzstan’s Election, What Next?
December 07, 2021

As the Dust Settles from Kyrgyzstan’s Election, What Next?

By Catherine Putz
As Kyrgyzstan’s new parliament takes shape, Japarov has the government he asked for. Now for the hard part: governing.

Mongolia-Russia Diplomatic Relations at 100
December 03, 2021

Mongolia-Russia Diplomatic Relations at 100

By Bolor Lkhaajav
The past, present, and future of a close and complex relationship.
Mob Accosts Kyrgyz Opposition Politician Tekebayev 
December 02, 2021

Mob Accosts Kyrgyz Opposition Politician Tekebayev 

By Catherine Putz
Tekebayev and other opposition politicians have been agitating against the November 28 election results.

Nazarbayev to Step Down From Nur Otan Party Leadership
December 02, 2021

Nazarbayev to Step Down From Nur Otan Party Leadership

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan's protracted political transition is moving steadily along.

Has Labor Migration to Russia Improved for Kyrgyz?
December 01, 2021

Has Labor Migration to Russia Improved for Kyrgyz?

By Aziza Shamyrbekova
Accession to the Eurasian Economic Union provided some relief to Kyrgyz migrant workers, but difficulties remain. 

Kazakhstan’s Poet, Political Dissident Aron Atabek Dies
November 30, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Poet, Political Dissident Aron Atabek Dies

By Paolo Sorbello
Atabek had served 15 years in prison and died just weeks after his release.

How to Make Samarkand a Truly Green City
November 30, 2021

How to Make Samarkand a Truly Green City

By Darina Solod and Nina Lesikhina
Samarkand recently joined the EBRD's Green Cities program. Will it help citizens be heard?
No Place for Afghan Refugees in Central Asia
November 29, 2021

No Place for Afghan Refugees in Central Asia

By Umida Hashimova
Even financial compensation can’t lure Central Asian countries into accepting Afghan refugees.

Low Turnout, Technical Glitches, Mar Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls
November 29, 2021

Low Turnout, Technical Glitches, Mar Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls

By Catherine Putz
With final results still pending, one thing is clear: Kyrgyzstanis are tired of elections.

Mining Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Companies Encounter Increasing Conflict 
November 29, 2021

Mining Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Companies Encounter Increasing Conflict 

By Khiradmand Sheraliev
Increased conflict between Kyrgyz citizens and Chinese mining companies highlights the necessity of more careful cooperation.

Uzbekistan Extending Financial Support to Labor Migrants
November 22, 2021

Uzbekistan Extending Financial Support to Labor Migrants

By Umida Hashimova
In visiting Russia, Uzbek officials demonstrate greater attention to the country’s critical labor migrant population.
Kazakhstan’s Power Shortages: Crypto Miners and Geopolitics
November 19, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Power Shortages: Crypto Miners and Geopolitics

By Paolo Sorbello
Data centers caused a spike in electricity demand, while the country is still dependent on coal.

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