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Uzbekistan’s Looted Museums and Forged Artifacts
September 15, 2022

Uzbekistan’s Looted Museums and Forged Artifacts

By Niginakhon Saida
As New Uzbekistan aims to attract more tourists, local museums are finally receiving long-due attention, including in regard to stolen artifacts.
Russia Brands Exiled Tajik Opposition Party a ‘Terrorist’ Organization
September 14, 2022

Russia Brands Exiled Tajik Opposition Party a ‘Terrorist’ Organization

By Catherine Putz
The designation by Russia of the IRPT as an extremist organization may put Tajik citizens in Russia further at risk.

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms
September 14, 2022

Nur-Sultan No More and Kazakh Tinkering With Presidential Terms

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan is to introduce a single seven-year presidential term and revert the capital’s name to “Astana.”

Russia’s War in Ukraine the Backdrop to Pope’s Kazakh Visit 
September 13, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine the Backdrop to Pope’s Kazakh Visit 

By Nicole Winfield and Kostya Manenkov
The most noteworthy aspects of Pope Francis' visit to Kazakhstan might be the missed opportunities.

Why China’s Xi Is Visiting Kazakhstan First
September 13, 2022

Why China’s Xi Is Visiting Kazakhstan First

By Catherine Putz
Before Xi travels to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, for the SCO summit and a bilateral with Russian President Putin, he’ll land in Kazakhstan for a state visit.
‘Russia Is a Threat, Not a Friend’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Warns Central Asia
September 08, 2022

‘Russia Is a Threat, Not a Friend’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Warns Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
In a press conference with Central Asian media outlets, the Ukrainian foreign minister urged the region: “don’t let Russia use you.”

Afghan Refugees Face Uncertainty in Central Asia
September 08, 2022

Afghan Refugees Face Uncertainty in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
In recent days, Tajikistan has been criticized by the U.N. Refugee Agency for deporting Afghan refugees.
Mongolia Unveils New Pro-Business Cabinet
September 07, 2022

Mongolia Unveils New Pro-Business Cabinet

By Amar Adiya
The quick Cabinet reshuffle is intended to strengthen PM Oyun-Erdene’s position and give him legislative support to push his liberalization and privatization agenda forward.

Central Asia to Host Xi Jinping on First Foreign Trip Since 2020
September 07, 2022

Central Asia to Host Xi Jinping on First Foreign Trip Since 2020

By Catherine Putz
Xi is expected to travel to Kazakhstan on September 14 and then travel to Uzbekistan for the SCO summit, where he will meet with Russian President Putin.

Kazakh Opposition Organizing Against Snap Elections
September 06, 2022

Kazakh Opposition Organizing Against Snap Elections

By Catherine Putz
Although no date has been set, Kazakhstan’s likely imminent presidential election has drawn sharp criticism from opposition figures.

Kazakh President Tokayev Visits Northern Region Affected by Wildfires
September 06, 2022

Kazakh President Tokayev Visits Northern Region Affected by Wildfires

By Catherine Putz
Forest fires in northern Kazakhstan were brought under control but demonstrate serious future risks as temperatures rise and droughts intensify.
Kazakhstan and Singapore Look to Boost Economic Links
September 03, 2022

Kazakhstan and Singapore Look to Boost Economic Links

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
Investment opportunities in the trade and commerce sectors, particularly related to transportation and the Middle Corridor, may prompt closer bilateral ties.

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