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Europe’s Troubling Turkmenistan Engagement
April 16, 2021

Europe’s Troubling Turkmenistan Engagement

By Jade McGlynn and Luke Rawlings
If they are concerned that “democracy is in retreat,” the U.K. and other leading European democracies might want to consider their own retrograde roles in the process.

Money Laundering! What Money Laundering? Case Against Matraimov Closed
April 15, 2021

Money Laundering! What Money Laundering? Case Against Matraimov Closed

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz authorities said they were unable to find evidence of Matraimov’s alleged money laundering, despite thousands of words written by investigative journalists outlining it in detail.
Europe Adds Uzbekistan to GSP+ Trade Scheme
April 13, 2021

Europe Adds Uzbekistan to GSP+ Trade Scheme

By Catherine Putz
The benefits -- zero tariffs on a range of goods -- come with rights monitoring requirements of shortcomings Uzbekistan may have difficulty improving.

Low Turnout for a Strong President: Kyrgyzstan Approves New Constitution 
April 12, 2021

Low Turnout for a Strong President: Kyrgyzstan Approves New Constitution 

By Catherine Putz
The indifference of many and the votes of some have ushered in Kyrgyzstan’s next political phase: a return to strong presidentialism. 

Turkic Council Sets Sights on Upgrade Rooted in Economic Connectivity Projects
April 12, 2021

Turkic Council Sets Sights on Upgrade Rooted in Economic Connectivity Projects

By Umida Hashimova
The Turkic Council aims to grow its political and economic significance.

Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task
April 10, 2021

Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task

By Catherine Putz
People on both sides of these possibly shifting borders have strong feelings about it.

Aizada Kanatbekova: A Young Woman Kidnapped and Murdered in Kyrgyzstan
April 08, 2021

Aizada Kanatbekova: A Young Woman Kidnapped and Murdered in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
“Bride kidnapping” is claimed by some to be a traditional practice. Others call it what it is: forced marriage, which sometimes results in murder. 
Uzbekistan: Opposition Erk Party Wants in on October Presidential Election
April 06, 2021

Uzbekistan: Opposition Erk Party Wants in on October Presidential Election

By Catherine Putz
The last time an Uzbek president faced a serious challenger was in 1991. Erk hasn’t been allowed to front a candidate since.

US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan
April 06, 2021

US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan

By Akram Umarov
In May 2020 and March 2021, the United States started up two new trilateral dialogues pairing Afghanistan with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 

Countdown to Another Election Day in Kyrgyzstan: April 11
April 06, 2021

Countdown to Another Election Day in Kyrgyzstan: April 11

By Catherine Putz
The April 11 vote covers 420 village council elections and 28 town and city council elections, plus a controversial constitutional referendum.

Uzbekistan Criminalizes Online Slander Against the President
April 02, 2021

Uzbekistan Criminalizes Online Slander Against the President

By Catherine Putz
Instead of progress on decriminalizing defamation, Uzbek authorities have amended the criminal code to include online insults of the president as punishable with prison time. 
China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up
April 01, 2021

China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up

By Tristan Kenderdine and Péter Bucsky
China’s contribution to Central Asian rail connectivity remains miniscule.

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