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Kyrgyzstan’s First Ousted President Returns to Cooperate With Kumtor Investigation
August 03, 2021

Kyrgyzstan’s First Ousted President Returns to Cooperate With Kumtor Investigation

By Catherine Putz
After 16 years, Askar Akayev returned to Kyrgyzstan in connection with the Kyrgyz state’s growing case against the Canadian mining company Centerra Gold.

Akim Elections: More Cosmetic Reform in Kazakhstan?
August 02, 2021

Akim Elections: More Cosmetic Reform in Kazakhstan?

By Colleen Wood
Direct election of village leadership is another example of cosmetic reform in Kazakhstan.
Mongolia Seizes the Diplomatic Moment
July 28, 2021

Mongolia Seizes the Diplomatic Moment

By Shannon Tiezzi
In the space of just five days, Mongolian officials have held high-level talks with China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States

Weightlifter Guryeva Wins Turkmenistan’s 1st Olympic Medal
July 27, 2021

Weightlifter Guryeva Wins Turkmenistan’s 1st Olympic Medal

By James Ellingsworth
The silver medal is Turkmenistan’s first since independence in 1991.

Kyrgyz Politician Arrested for Involvement in October Unrest Begins Hunger Strike
July 27, 2021

Kyrgyz Politician Arrested for Involvement in October Unrest Begins Hunger Strike

By Catherine Putz
Jenish Moldokmatov, a harsh critic of President Japarov, is facing charges of orchestrating riots during last October's unrest; the same unrest that saw Japarov rise to power.

Tajikistan’s Latest COVID Outbreak: The Rahmon Family
July 27, 2021

Tajikistan’s Latest COVID Outbreak: The Rahmon Family

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan’s leaders declared the country COVID-free back in January, but the recent death of the president’s sister, reportedly from COVID-19, exposes the reality: The pandemic isn’t over.

Greater Coordination in Central Asian Responses to Afghan Border Troubles
July 19, 2021

Greater Coordination in Central Asian Responses to Afghan Border Troubles

By Umida Hashimova
Central Asian countries have begun coordinating their responses to the worsening security situation in Afghanistan. 
Concerns Rise as Kyrgyzstan Enacts New NGO Controls
July 15, 2021

Concerns Rise as Kyrgyzstan Enacts New NGO Controls

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan has added additional reporting requirements for NGOs in the name of financial transparency, but opportunities for misuse concern activists and foreign governments.

Afghanistan and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
July 14, 2021

Afghanistan and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

By Ahmad Bilal Khalil
Why is the Afghan government pursuing full membership in the SCO, and what would that step mean for the grouping?

Allegations of Torture and Kyrgyz Involvement in Orhan Inandi case
July 14, 2021

Allegations of Torture and Kyrgyz Involvement in Orhan Inandi case

By Catherine Putz
Inandi's lawyer suggests possible Kyrgyz involvement in his client's kidnapping; others suggest Inandi has been tortured.

Russia Cautions Central Asia Against Hosting US Forces
July 14, 2021

Russia Cautions Central Asia Against Hosting US Forces

By Catherine Putz
As the U.S. looks to station over-the-horizon capabilities to address issues in Afghanistan, Central Asia is an obvious locale.
Uzbek Singer Abandons Presidential Ambitions
July 12, 2021

Uzbek Singer Abandons Presidential Ambitions

By Catherine Putz
Jahongir Otajonov, picked by the banned Erk party as its presidential candidate, has reportedly quit the race.

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