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Kazakhstan: Reaching Out to Central Asian Neighbors
December 04, 2019

Kazakhstan: Reaching Out to Central Asian Neighbors

By Annette Bohr
Despite its regional outreach, Kazakhstan's diplomatic priority will remain Russia, China, and Europe.

Central Asian Presidents’ Second Consultative Meeting Zooms in on Water, Trade, and Regional Cooperation
December 02, 2019

Central Asian Presidents’ Second Consultative Meeting Zooms in on Water, Trade, and Regional Cooperation

By Umida Hashimova
The second consultative meeting of Central Asian leaders sidesteps regional issues, but annual meetings are assured to continue.
A Brief Flurry of Summitry in Central Asia
November 30, 2019

A Brief Flurry of Summitry in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The CSTO gathered in Bishkek and then the Central Asian presidents met in Tashkent this week.

Kyrgyzstan Reacts to Bombshell Investigative Report, Taking to the Snowy Streets
November 28, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Reacts to Bombshell Investigative Report, Taking to the Snowy Streets

By Colleen Wood
A bombshell investigative report mobilized people to protest corruption and demand reform in Bishkek. 

Uzbekistan’s Parties Take the Stage to Debate
November 20, 2019

Uzbekistan’s Parties Take the Stage to Debate

By Umida Hashimova
Heading toward parliamentary elections, Uzbekistan holds first debate among five running parties.

Cotton and Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Forced Labor in Xinjiang and Uzbekistan
November 14, 2019

Cotton and Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Forced Labor in Xinjiang and Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
There are considerable differences with regard to forced labor in Uzbekistan and Xinjiang, but there is an underlying corporate responsibility to not engage in human rights abuses.

US and Russia Watching Closely Uzbekistan’s Economic Choices
November 12, 2019

US and Russia Watching Closely Uzbekistan’s Economic Choices

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent is reopening its negotiations to join the WTO and considering Eurasian Economic Union membership. Russia and the West are watching.
More Questions Than Information on Tajikistan Border Post Attack
November 06, 2019

More Questions Than Information on Tajikistan Border Post Attack

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan certainly faces security risks, Islamic State among them. But details on the recent incident are scarce.

Kazakhstan Sinks in Freedom of the Net 2019 Report
November 06, 2019

Kazakhstan Sinks in Freedom of the Net 2019 Report

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan's drop marked one of the largest declines over last year's report, following a year of disruptions and arrests.

Tajikistan Approves Credentials for RFE/RL Journalists Just Ahead of November 1 Deadline
November 01, 2019

Tajikistan Approves Credentials for RFE/RL Journalists Just Ahead of November 1 Deadline

By Catherine Putz
A closer look at the significance of a recent development.

Kyrgyzstan Eradicates Statelessness, Challenges Remain
October 31, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Eradicates Statelessness, Challenges Remain

By Colleen Wood
A Kyrgyzstani lawyer won a prestigious UN award for his contributions to combating statelessness in his country, but will his efforts stick?
2 Ethnic Kazakhs from China Granted Asylum-Seeker Status in Kazakhstan
October 31, 2019

2 Ethnic Kazakhs from China Granted Asylum-Seeker Status in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
But like Sayragul Sauytbay before them, Murager Alimuly and Qaster Musakhanuly may not ultimately find asylum in Kazakhstan.

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