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Uzbekistan Adopts Strict Regulations to Fight COVID-19
April 06, 2020

Uzbekistan Adopts Strict Regulations to Fight COVID-19

By Umida Hashimova
The pandemic has led to the resurrection of heavy law enforcement in Uzbekistan.

Mongolia Finds a Silver Living in the COVID-19 Crisis
April 06, 2020

Mongolia Finds a Silver Living in the COVID-19 Crisis

By Anandsaikhan Nyamdavaa
Mongolia has yet to be hit hard by the pandemic, but the precautions taken have substantially decreased other incidences of disease.
Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19
April 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been ringing his neighbors to coordinate and dispatching aid to Afghanistan.

Did Turkmenistan Really Ban the Word ‘Coronavirus’? 
April 01, 2020

Did Turkmenistan Really Ban the Word ‘Coronavirus’? 

By Catherine Putz
Not quite. But Ashgabat is certainly denying the reality of the COVID-19 threat.

How Is Central Asia Handling COVID-19?
March 31, 2020

How Is Central Asia Handling COVID-19?

By Colleen Wood
A broader comparative frame is more productive for understanding how Central Asian governments are handling the coronavirus pandemic.

More Arrests Linked to February Ethnic Violence in Kazakhstan
March 30, 2020

More Arrests Linked to February Ethnic Violence in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Kazakh authorities say 25 have been arrested in connection to deadly violence targeting the Dungan community in February.

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.

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