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Former President Atambayev Barred From His Own Trial
June 02, 2020

Former President Atambayev Barred From His Own Trial

By Catherine Putz
The former president reportedly refused to sit in the box with the other defendants.

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?
June 01, 2020

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan says it is COVID-19 free, but the virus, analysts say, is impacting the country whether Ashgabat admits its presence or not.
Hotel Uzbekistan Privatized to Holding in Singapore
May 30, 2020

Hotel Uzbekistan Privatized to Holding in Singapore

By Paolo Sorbello
Bashan Investment Group owns film production companies in Asia and, now, Tashkent's most recognizable building. 

How to Talk About Feminism in Tajikistan
May 29, 2020

How to Talk About Feminism in Tajikistan

By Lolisanam Ulugova
Issues of feminism and gender activism in Tajik society are controversial.

US-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan Trilateral Tests Out New Format for Engagement
May 29, 2020

US-Afghanistan-Uzbekistan Trilateral Tests Out New Format for Engagement

By Catherine Putz
The new trilateral fits into existing efforts to increase regional cooperation and integrate Afghanistan’s into Central Asian thinking.

Fed Up Kyrgyz Forge Ahead with Online Protests
May 28, 2020

Fed Up Kyrgyz Forge Ahead with Online Protests

By Colleen Wood
What should we make of a new digital flashmob that channels widespread discontent with Kyrgyzstan’s government?

Another Incident on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border
May 28, 2020

Another Incident on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border

By Catherine Putz
On May 24, shots were fired in the contentious border area. And reportedly again on May 27. 
COVID-19 and Cashmere: Rethinking One of Mongolia’s Largest Industries
May 27, 2020

COVID-19 and Cashmere: Rethinking One of Mongolia’s Largest Industries

By Jacob Hafey
The current stagnation of the market has created a window to ensure that cashmere production can continue without ruining the land.

What’s Changed in Kazakhstan’s New Protest Law?
May 27, 2020

What’s Changed in Kazakhstan’s New Protest Law?

By Catherine Putz
There are a lot of rules for protesting in Kazakhstan; a new law branded as reform retains many restrictions.

At Eurasian Economic Union E-Summit, Tokayev Finds His Voice
May 23, 2020

At Eurasian Economic Union E-Summit, Tokayev Finds His Voice

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
Kazakh President Tokayev pushed back on Moscow’s timelines for the EAEU’s 2025 development strategy.

Mongolia’s Next Election Will Feature New Types of Candidates
May 22, 2020

Mongolia’s Next Election Will Feature New Types of Candidates

By Bulgan Batdorj and Julian Dierkes
The breadth of Mongolian democracy is widening.
Can Mirziyoyev’s Reforms Bring About a Real Free Market Economy in Uzbekistan?
May 21, 2020

Can Mirziyoyev’s Reforms Bring About a Real Free Market Economy in Uzbekistan?

By Bekzod Zakirov
The hope that reforms will ultimately bring about free market capitalism with accompanying democratic politics is utmost naivety. 

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