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Uzbekistan’s Drawn-out Journey From Cyrillic to Latin Script
January 20, 2023

Uzbekistan’s Drawn-out Journey From Cyrillic to Latin Script

By Niginakhon Saida
Visit Uzbekistan and you’ll see a variety of alphabets used, a product of the country’s many changes and the long march toward fully using a Latin script. 
Kazakhstan’s Media, Journalists Under Pressure
January 17, 2023

Kazakhstan’s Media, Journalists Under Pressure

By Paolo Sorbello
An attack on a journalist highlights the difficult environment for the press.

Kazakhstan Annuls Law ‘On the First President’
January 11, 2023

Kazakhstan Annuls Law ‘On the First President’

By Catherine Putz
As expected, following last summer’s constitutional referendum dropping references to “elbasy,” many of the First President’s other special privileges are ending.

What’s Next for the Kempir-Abad Dissenters?
January 11, 2023

What’s Next for the Kempir-Abad Dissenters?

By Catherine Putz
It seems the Kyrgyz authorities are set on prosecuting the politicians and activists who stridently opposed the border deal with Uzbekistan, accusing them of coup-plotting.

What Are Central Asia’s Economic Prospects in 2023?
January 10, 2023

What Are Central Asia’s Economic Prospects in 2023?

By Catherine Putz
The war in Ukraine, in particular, is putting a drag on economies across Central Asia.
Berdimuhamedov’s China Visit Pushes Forward China-Central Asia Relations
January 10, 2023

Berdimuhamedov’s China Visit Pushes Forward China-Central Asia Relations

By Nian Peng
China has now forged comprehensive strategic partnerships with all the Central Asian states. 

Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kazakh Energy Ministers Sign Kambar-Ata-1 Roadmap 
January 09, 2023

Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kazakh Energy Ministers Sign Kambar-Ata-1 Roadmap 

By Catherine Putz
All three countries have suffered from energy shortages this winter, underscoring the need for new sources across the region.
Kazakh Authorities Outline a Grand Conspiracy Behind Bloody January
January 05, 2023

Kazakh Authorities Outline a Grand Conspiracy Behind Bloody January

By Catherine Putz
The government’s version of events highlights a high-level conspiracy, but provides few details on motives and methods.

Afghanistan, Uzbekistan Settle New Electricity Agreement Amid Winter Shortages
January 04, 2023

Afghanistan, Uzbekistan Settle New Electricity Agreement Amid Winter Shortages

By Catherine Putz
Under the new agreement, Uzbekistan will supply Afghanistan with 450 megawatts of electricity during the winter as both countries suffer from outages.

Berdimuhamedov Headed to China for State Visit
January 04, 2023

Berdimuhamedov Headed to China for State Visit

By Catherine Putz
This will be the younger Berdimuhamedov’s first visit to China as president of Turkmenistan. 

The Importance of Female Islamic Activism in Kyrgyzstan
December 30, 2022

The Importance of Female Islamic Activism in Kyrgyzstan

By Aksana Ismailbekova
The international community, in seeking to pursue cooperation in the region, ought to look to Muslim women as a vital set of partners.
Central Asia’s Dangerous Pharmaceutical Industry 
December 29, 2022

Central Asia’s Dangerous Pharmaceutical Industry 

By Ryan Schweitzer
Central Asia’s pharmaceutical industry is in dire need of reform. 

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