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Anti-Migrant Protests Expose Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Evolving Migration Landscape

Anti-Migrant Protests Expose Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Evolving Migration Landscape

By Asel Murzakulova
The recent conflict laid bare genuine challenges within the labor market and significant shifts in the country's migration landscape.

Competing Digital Futures: Europe and China in Central Asia’s Tech Development

Competing Digital Futures: Europe and China in Central Asia’s Tech Development

By Andrew Gundal and Eldaniz Gusseinov
Both the EU and China aim to establish technological leadership in Central Asia, but their focuses differ. 
Mongolia’s Political Parties Showcase Candidates for the 2024 Parliamentary Election

Mongolia’s Political Parties Showcase Candidates for the 2024 Parliamentary Election

By Bolor Lkhaajav
As Mongolia goes to its first election with an enlarged parliament and new mixed representation electoral system, parties are including more diverse and young candidates.

South Asian Students Targeted by Angry Mob in Kyrgyz Capital

South Asian Students Targeted by Angry Mob in Kyrgyz Capital

By Catherine Putz
The mob, apparently triggered by a video of a fight between foreigners and locals earlier in May, “went on a rampage” targeting mostly South Asian students while raging against illegal immigration.

Russia Expands Oil Trade South via Afghanistan, Seeking Warm Water Ports

Russia Expands Oil Trade South via Afghanistan, Seeking Warm Water Ports

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
Afghanistan is emerging as a key transit point for Russian oil as the Kremlin seeks to establish new trade routes to Asia and the Middle East.

Privatization in Uzbekistan: Potential Far From Fulfilled 

Privatization in Uzbekistan: Potential Far From Fulfilled 

By Bryn Windsor
While some progress has been made, foreign investors are starting to wonder if Uzbekistan’s privatization agenda will ever live up to its much-lauded potential. 

Women as Wives: How Uzbekistan’s Justice System Fails to Serve Women

Women as Wives: How Uzbekistan’s Justice System Fails to Serve Women

By Niginakhon Saida
Uzbekistan’s judicial system perceives women as wives in domestic violence cases and does not shy away from punishing them for responding to abuse.
Viral Bishimbayev Trial in Kazakhstan Ends With 24-Year Sentence

Viral Bishimbayev Trial in Kazakhstan Ends With 24-Year Sentence

By Colleen Wood
Under Kazakhstan’s hybrid jury model, jurors and the judge make a final decision together. In this case, the former minister was convicted of murdering his wife and handed a long sentence.  

Diplomatic Engagement in Central Asia on the Rise

Diplomatic Engagement in Central Asia on the Rise

By Aizada Nuriddenova and Zhanibek Arynov
The number of interactions between high-level Central Asian officials has visibly increased since 2015, from 60 interactions that year to 158 in 2023.

In Light of Photos, Kyrgyz Authorities Claim Detained Journalist Staged Her Own Bruises

In Light of Photos, Kyrgyz Authorities Claim Detained Journalist Staged Her Own Bruises

By Catherine Putz
Bolot Temirov shared photos of the bruises he says his wife, Makhabat Tajibek kyzy, sustained in a Kyrgyz detention center in April. Prison authorities say they were inflicted by cell-mates at her request.

How Authoritarian Oppression Breeds Religious Extremism in Central Asia

How Authoritarian Oppression Breeds Religious Extremism in Central Asia

By Kashif Hasan Khan and Marin Ekstrom
The overwhelmingly authoritarian governments in Central Asia have utilized severe repression against Islamist movements – extremist or not.
Kyrgyz President Raises Labor Mobility Issues in Moscow

Kyrgyz President Raises Labor Mobility Issues in Moscow

By Catherine Putz
At a Eurasian Economic Union meeting, sandwiched between Putin’s fifth inauguration and the nationalistic May 9 display, the Kyrgyz president raised concerns about labor mobility in the EAEU.

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