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Violent Clashes at the Troublesome Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border 
May 04, 2021

Violent Clashes at the Troublesome Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border 

By Catherine Putz
Last week’s violence was some of the worst the border has seen, with more than 40 killed. 
Russia, Central Asian States Worry About Instability in Afghanistan
May 03, 2021

Russia, Central Asian States Worry About Instability in Afghanistan

By Umida Hashimova
Military officials in Russia and Central Asia agree to unite efforts as they prepare for a worsening of the situation in Afghanistan. 

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Trade Blame for Cross-border Shelling
April 29, 2021

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Trade Blame for Cross-border Shelling

By Associated Press
Reportedly one Kyrgyz man has been killed in the clashes over a long-unsettled border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Nations in Transit: Central Asia Remains Locked in Consolidated Authoritarianism
April 28, 2021

Nations in Transit: Central Asia Remains Locked in Consolidated Authoritarianism

By Catherine Putz
Another bad year for democracy across the former Soviet Union, with Kyrgyzstan slipping further into authoritarianism too. 

India-Kyrgyzstan Hold Bilateral Military Exercise Khanjar
April 28, 2021

India-Kyrgyzstan Hold Bilateral Military Exercise Khanjar

By Catherine Putz
Special forces troops from India and Kyrgyzstan started a two-week exercise outside Bishkek on April 16.
What Tajik Gold Smuggling Bust Tells Us About Afghanistan
April 27, 2021

What Tajik Gold Smuggling Bust Tells Us About Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
As uncertainty persists in Afghanistan, some will seek to smuggle cash and gold out via Central Asia.

US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Nominated for Higher-level State Department Position
April 27, 2021

US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Nominated for Higher-level State Department Position

By Catherine Putz
Biden has nominated U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Donald Lu for assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia.
Kazakhstan Moves Toward Ban on Sale, Rental of Agricultural Lands by Foreigners
April 26, 2021

Kazakhstan Moves Toward Ban on Sale, Rental of Agricultural Lands by Foreigners

By Catherine Putz
Five years after massive protests against changes to the land code, land remains a sensitive topic in Kazakhstan.

Is Northern Kazakhstan at Risk to Russia?
April 23, 2021

Is Northern Kazakhstan at Risk to Russia?

By Alimana Zhanmukanova
The “Russian Question” has always alarmed Kazakhstan’s leaders and riled up nationalists.

Mismanagement Fuels Mongolia’s COVID-19 Spike
April 22, 2021

Mismanagement Fuels Mongolia’s COVID-19 Spike

By Oyunsuren Damdinsuren
Inconsistent policies and double standard are confusing Mongolia's pandemic response at the most critical time.

Grappling With Parliament Limiting His Powers, Mongolian President Moves to Dissolve Ruling Party
April 20, 2021

Grappling With Parliament Limiting His Powers, Mongolian President Moves to Dissolve Ruling Party

By Marissa Smith, Bulgan Batdorj, and Julian Dierkes
Political maneuvering ahead of June's presidential election may post a general threat to Mongolia's democracy.
Kyrgyz President’s Promotion of Poison to Treat COVID-19 Taken Down by Facebook
April 20, 2021

Kyrgyz President’s Promotion of Poison to Treat COVID-19 Taken Down by Facebook

By Catherine Putz
Japarov's press secretary claims the president took the posts down himself, but Facebook says they were removed for being harmful "misinformation."

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