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Murky Waters Surround the Case of the Sardoba Reservoir Failure
January 20, 2021

Murky Waters Surround the Case of the Sardoba Reservoir Failure

By Catherine Putz
A trial is ongoing, but behind closed doors, while citizens complain of unfair distribution of promised compensation.

Should Europe Worry About Kyrgyzstan?
January 16, 2021

Should Europe Worry About Kyrgyzstan?

By Ana-Maria Anghelescu
Sadyr Japarov’s rise to power and a return to presidentialism demonstrate the limits of democracy promotion in Kyrgyzstan.
Dariga Nazarbayeva Headed Back to Parliament
January 14, 2021

Dariga Nazarbayeva Headed Back to Parliament

By Catherine Putz
The first president’s daughter is on the list of 76 deputies Nur Otan aims to seat in the new parliament.

Winter Energy Woes Bedevil Central Asia
January 13, 2021

Winter Energy Woes Bedevil Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan have all suffered in recent months from shortages and blackouts, their citizens experiencing cold nights and darkened lights.

Why Did Kyrgyz Voters Give Up Parliamentarism? 
January 12, 2021

Why Did Kyrgyz Voters Give Up Parliamentarism? 

By Mariya Y. Omelicheva
In addition to electing Sadyr Japarov to the presidency, Kyrgyz voted by a huge margin to shift back to a strong presidential government system. 

Nur Otan Tops Kazakh Parliamentary Election That ‘Lacked Genuine Competition’
January 11, 2021

Nur Otan Tops Kazakh Parliamentary Election That ‘Lacked Genuine Competition’

By Catherine Putz
The new Kazakh parliament will, at least numerically, look very much like the previous iteration.

From Prison to Presidency: Sadyr Japarov’s Victory
January 11, 2021

From Prison to Presidency: Sadyr Japarov’s Victory

By Aruuke Uran Kyzy
Japarov soared past 16 other candidates with 79 percent of the vote in the January 10 election.
Why Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections Matter
January 07, 2021

Why Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections Matter

By Benjamin Godwin
While the result is not in doubt, the elections could mark the next stage in Kazakhstan’s ongoing transition of power.

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?
January 07, 2021

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?

By Catherine Putz
The January 2021 World Bank Global Economic Prospects report is out, heralding a “subdued” recovery for the world. How fares Central Asia?

A Critical Lesson for Tajikistan: The State of Migrant Workers in 2020
January 06, 2021

A Critical Lesson for Tajikistan: The State of Migrant Workers in 2020

By Khiradmand Sheraliev
2020 was not the first time Tajikistan experienced the sharp costs of being a remittance-dependent country, but the lesson is important to heed.

Kazakh President Chimes in on ‘Gift’ Controversy
January 06, 2021

Kazakh President Chimes in on ‘Gift’ Controversy

By Catherine Putz
A pair of Russian lawmakers last month said Kazakhstan’s territory was a “gift” from Russia, resurrecting an old offensive tune.
Kazakhstan-China Border Delays as Rail Freight Hedge Wobbles
January 05, 2021

Kazakhstan-China Border Delays as Rail Freight Hedge Wobbles

By Tristan Kenderdine
A bottleneck on the Kazakh-China border has left thousands of wagons waiting to cross for weeks on end.

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