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Afghan Officials Say 34 Killed in Separate Suicide Bombings
November 30, 2020

Afghan Officials Say 34 Killed in Separate Suicide Bombings

By Associated Press
The attacks were just the latest to have taken place since the beginning of peace talks in September

UN Working Group Finds Serikzhan Bilash’s Detention by Kazakhstan Arbitrary
November 26, 2020

UN Working Group Finds Serikzhan Bilash’s Detention by Kazakhstan Arbitrary

By Catherine Putz
Bilash headed a group advocating for greater attention to the ethnic Kazakhs detained in China’s camps in Xinjiang. It got him in trouble with the Kazakh government.
Banking Consolidation Continues in Kazakhstan
November 25, 2020

Banking Consolidation Continues in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
A bank close to Nazarbayev buys a competitor, while smaller lenders continue to fall. 

US-Uzbekistan Relations Right on Track
November 25, 2020

US-Uzbekistan Relations Right on Track

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. and Uzbekistan aim to transition toward a “Strategic Partnership Dialogue” in 2021.

Kazakh Blogger Forced Into Psychiatric Clinic
November 24, 2020

Kazakh Blogger Forced Into Psychiatric Clinic

By Catherine Putz
A court order has sent Aigul Otepova to a psychiatric clinic. Her supporters say its because of her outspoken criticism of the government.

What’s in Kyrgyzstan’s Proposed ‘Khanstitution’?
November 20, 2020

What’s in Kyrgyzstan’s Proposed ‘Khanstitution’?

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz are set to vote on a controversial new constitution and for a new president on the same day, January 10.

One Thousand and One Responses to Borat
November 17, 2020

One Thousand and One Responses to Borat

By Paolo Sorbello
Offensive, racist, only-for-Americans, funny, and even a diplomatic case. The second Borat movie stirred a wide range of controversies in Kazakhstan and worldwide.  
Mongolia Imposes Curfew Amid COVID-19 Scare
November 17, 2020

Mongolia Imposes Curfew Amid COVID-19 Scare

By Anandsaikhan Nyamdavaa
The first cases of local transmission in Mongolia have sparked a decisive response from the government.

Uzbekistan Nudges SCO in Economic Direction
November 16, 2020

Uzbekistan Nudges SCO in Economic Direction

By Umida Hashimova
Economic matters have been rising on the agenda of the predominantly security-focused regional organization.

In 2020, Strides and Setbacks in Uzbekistan’s Battle Against Poverty
November 14, 2020

In 2020, Strides and Setbacks in Uzbekistan’s Battle Against Poverty

By Ezoza Yakvalkhodjieva
Uzbekistan’s battle against poverty has finally begun, after moving on from a policy of denial in the Karimov era, but it’s no easy task.

Police Disruption of Women’s Day March Illegal, Kyrgyz Supreme Court Rules
November 13, 2020

Police Disruption of Women’s Day March Illegal, Kyrgyz Supreme Court Rules

By Catherine Putz
Overturning the decisions of two lower courts, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court says police should not have cracked down on the March 8 protest.
Rail Freight Use on China’s Iron Silk Road Underdelivers
November 13, 2020

Rail Freight Use on China’s Iron Silk Road Underdelivers

By Tristan Kenderdine
Is China’s CR Express destined for the industrial graveyard of Eurasian economic policy history?

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