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Centerra Says Kumtor’s Gold Output Down
November 03, 2021

Centerra Says Kumtor’s Gold Output Down

By Catherine Putz
The critical Kyrgyz gold mine, according to its ousted Canadian owners, is apparently pouring less gold than planned. 
TAPI, Turkmenistan, and the Taliban
November 03, 2021

TAPI, Turkmenistan, and the Taliban

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan doesn’t materially affect the dim prospects that TAPI will be built any time soon.

Meta Pushes Back Against Kazakh Claims of ‘Exclusive’ Access to Facebook’s Content Reporting System
November 02, 2021

Meta Pushes Back Against Kazakh Claims of ‘Exclusive’ Access to Facebook’s Content Reporting System

By Catherine Putz
"This process is the same in Kazakhstan as it is for other countries around the world," a Meta spokesman told Reuters.

Facebook Grants Kazakhstan Direct Access to Content Reporting System
November 02, 2021

Facebook Grants Kazakhstan Direct Access to Content Reporting System

By Catherine Putz
In giving the Kazakh government direct access to identify content as problematic, Facebook is empowering an autocratic government to further police what its citizens say. 

Mongolia Celebrates 60 Years in the United Nations
November 01, 2021

Mongolia Celebrates 60 Years in the United Nations

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Mongolia’s engagement with the U.N. is a microcosm of its foreign policy post-independence.
Which Politicians Do Kyrgyz Trust?
October 29, 2021

Which Politicians Do Kyrgyz Trust?

By Catherine Putz
Addressing the problems Kyrgyz citizens name as their biggest concerns is arguably the only way to sustain trust.

Kazakh Fintech Giant to Buy Ukrainian Bank
October 29, 2021

Kazakh Fintech Giant to Buy Ukrainian Bank

By Paolo Sorbello
Kaspi plans an expansion into Ukraine, friendly elite provide a banking license.
Central Asia’s FemAgora Festival Embraces Cyberfeminism
October 28, 2021

Central Asia’s FemAgora Festival Embraces Cyberfeminism

By Colleen Wood
In its fourth year, the FemAgora festival adopts an unabashed cyberfeminist approach to activism.

China’s Security Infrastructure Continues to Grow in Tajikistan
October 27, 2021

China’s Security Infrastructure Continues to Grow in Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Several reports in October underscore the persistent growth of Chinese security engagement in Tajikistan.

EU-Uzbekistan: Long Way to an Enhanced Partnership
October 27, 2021

EU-Uzbekistan: Long Way to an Enhanced Partnership

By Akram Umarov
In general, Uzbekistan is positively predisposed toward engaging non-regional powers. But there are some challenges to increasing EU-Uzbekistan ties.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s European Tour
October 26, 2021

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s European Tour

By Ana-Maria Anghelescu
European leaders concerned with Afghanistan’s security situation may see Tajikistan as a useful partner to limit refugee flows to Europe.
Uzbek President Secures 2nd Term in Flawed Election
October 25, 2021

Uzbek President Secures 2nd Term in Flawed Election

By Catherine Putz
The OSCE election monitoring mission says reforms under Mirziyoyev "have not yet resulted in a genuinely pluralistic environment."

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