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Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 
September 01, 2020

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan opened a major border crossing with Uzbekistan, but will Tashkent let its citizens cross it?
Divergent Diplomatic Paths on Belarus Across the Former Soviet Union
September 01, 2020

Divergent Diplomatic Paths on Belarus Across the Former Soviet Union

By Catherine Putz
The states of the former USSR have taken divergent paths -- some congratulating, some condemning -- in response to the election and protests in Belarus.

As Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day, Poet Calls Out Corruption
September 01, 2020

As Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day, Poet Calls Out Corruption

By Catherine Putz
At Kyrgyzstan’s muted independence day celebration, a poet-singer called out government corruption in his performance.

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia
August 28, 2020

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia

By Paolo Sorbello
The third edition of the FemAgora Central Asia festival began with online video conferences this year, as activists find new and original ways to create networks

Kazakhstan Settles Deal With Russia for Vaccine Supply
August 28, 2020

Kazakhstan Settles Deal With Russia for Vaccine Supply

By Catherine Putz
Russia's vaccine has not completed critically important phase III trials, but Kazakhstan has made a deal for access if Sputnik V proves effective.
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to Seek Fifth Term
August 27, 2020

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to Seek Fifth Term

By Catherine Putz
Rahmon, one of the world's longest-serving leaders, will seek a fifth term as Tajik president, setting rumors of a familial succession aside for now.

ADB Plans $323 Million in Grants for Tajikistan in 2021-2023
August 26, 2020

ADB Plans $323 Million in Grants for Tajikistan in 2021-2023

By Catherine Putz
Given the devastation of the pandemic, the bank’s increased grants plans for Tajikistan are critical. But will it be enough?
Kyrgyzstan’s Political Parties, Paperwork Problems, and a Looming Election
August 26, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Political Parties, Paperwork Problems, and a Looming Election

By Catherine Putz
Seventeen parties submitted documentation to run candidates in the upcoming parliamentary election, set for October 4, but not all will get to run.

Abdullaev Extradited to Uzbekistan Then Released, Investigation Pending
August 24, 2020

Abdullaev Extradited to Uzbekistan Then Released, Investigation Pending

By Catherine Putz
The specifics of the charges against 47-year old Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev remain unclear, but the case is drawing significant attention.

China Buys Turkey’s Silence on Uyghur Oppression
August 21, 2020

China Buys Turkey’s Silence on Uyghur Oppression

By Aykan Erdemir and Philip Kowalski
Turkey has joined the list of majority Muslim countries that have opted for silence in dealing with the one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time.

Kyrgyz Court Unsurprisingly Upholds Rulings Against Atambayev and Isakov
August 20, 2020

Kyrgyz Court Unsurprisingly Upholds Rulings Against Atambayev and Isakov

By Catherine Putz
Atambaeyv’s second trial is still in progress, but previous cases against the former president and his ally, Sapar Isakov, were recently upheld.
The Paradox of Uzbekistan’s Budding Virtual Civic Space
August 20, 2020

The Paradox of Uzbekistan’s Budding Virtual Civic Space

By Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili and Bakhrom Mirakilov
Despite continued challenges, Uzbekistan’s civil society is more vibrant than at any time in the country’s young history.

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