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Brides Too Soon: The Rising Trend of Early Marriages in Uzbekistan

Brides Too Soon: The Rising Trend of Early Marriages in Uzbekistan

By Niginakhon Saida
Early marriages are on the rise, primarily driven by a growing scarcity of eligible brides.

The Stati v Kazakhstan Saga Ends

The Stati v Kazakhstan Saga Ends

By Paolo Sorbello
The parties said they reached a settlement more than a decade after arbitration proceedings started.
Why Did China, Mongolia, and Russia Skip Their Trilateral Leaders’ Summit at This Year’s SCO Gathering?

Why Did China, Mongolia, and Russia Skip Their Trilateral Leaders’ Summit at This Year’s SCO Gathering?

By Sumiya Chuluunbaatar
Instead, a trilateral foreign ministerial level meeting between China, Mongolia, and Russia was held. What does the change mean?

From Russian Ladas to Chinese BYDs: Central Asia’s Changing Priorities

From Russian Ladas to Chinese BYDs: Central Asia’s Changing Priorities

By Rakshith Shetty
Beijing is steadily drawing the region into its orbit and away from Russia's traditional sphere of influence.

How Kazakhstan’s SCO Chairmanship Has Navigated East-West Tensions

How Kazakhstan’s SCO Chairmanship Has Navigated East-West Tensions

By Nigel Li
Expanding membership risks a loss of focus for the organization, but Kazakhstan has pursued a vision that could be more enduring.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

Widening Inequality Between Russia and China on Display at SCO Summit

Widening Inequality Between Russia and China on Display at SCO Summit

By Alexander Piechowski
The Astana SCO Summit was Russia’s first as a junior partner to China.

Central Asia’s Post-Ukraine Future

Central Asia’s Post-Ukraine Future

By Ahmad Tariq Noorzadeh
Maintaining a balancing act between Russia, China and the West will only become more difficult for Central Asia.
Mongolia’s Cultural Diplomacy Brings New Deals With Fulham FC, BBC

Mongolia’s Cultural Diplomacy Brings New Deals With Fulham FC, BBC

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Mongolia is thinking outside the box in its attempts to diversify its economy, especially by promoting the tourism sector.

Mongolia’s Election Brings Diverse Multiparty Representation and Corruption Concerns

Mongolia’s Election Brings Diverse Multiparty Representation and Corruption Concerns

By Bolor Lkhaajav
The election installed four parties and one coalition in parliament, but also sparked allegations about bribery and vote-buying.

Kazakh Journalist Sadyqov Dies in Ukraine, Suspects Fled to Kazakhstan

Kazakh Journalist Sadyqov Dies in Ukraine, Suspects Fled to Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Ukrainian authorities identified two suspects, both Kazakh nationals. Open source investigations by journalists suggest the two men have government connections.

What the North Korea-Russia Rapprochement Means for Mongolia’s Transit and Transport Network 

What the North Korea-Russia Rapprochement Means for Mongolia’s Transit and Transport Network 

By Sumiya Chuluunbaatar and Khurelbaatar G
China, Russia, and North Korea have strengthened cooperation, which may solve the dilemmas of the Tumen River corridor and provide historical opportunities for Mongolia to access new seaports.
Why the Mongolian President’s First State Visit to Uzbekistan Matters

Why the Mongolian President’s First State Visit to Uzbekistan Matters

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
Concern has gripped policymakers in Uzbekistan and Mongolia over how to balance Russia, China, and the West amid rising tension over Ukraine and an unstable Afghanistan.

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