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Jobs at Stake in Kazakhstan’s Energy Sector
April 22, 2020

Jobs at Stake in Kazakhstan’s Energy Sector

By Paolo Sorbello
A drop in Brent oil prices and the emergence of cases of COVID-19 at the Tengiz field are poised to slash investment and hammer employment.
Kyrgyz Girl Power Pop: ‘Bad Daughter, When Will We Be Free?’ 
April 21, 2020

Kyrgyz Girl Power Pop: ‘Bad Daughter, When Will We Be Free?’ 

By Colleen Wood
A new song draws attention to violence against women while reclaiming sounds and symbols of Kyrgyz national identity.

Tajik President’s Son Officially Second-in-Line to Presidency
April 20, 2020

Tajik President’s Son Officially Second-in-Line to Presidency

By Catherine Putz
With his election as chair of the Tajik parliament's upper house, Rustam Emomali is now officially second-in-line to the presidency.

Uzbek MPs Voice Concerns About Potential Eurasian Economic Union Membership
April 20, 2020

Uzbek MPs Voice Concerns About Potential Eurasian Economic Union Membership

By Umida Hashimova
Despite an earlier lack of debate or dissent, members of the Uzbek parliament have pushed back on the government’s plan for EAEU membership.

Beyond the Pledge: Is It Time to Lift the Boycott of Uzbek Cotton?
April 17, 2020

Beyond the Pledge: Is It Time to Lift the Boycott of Uzbek Cotton?

By Catherine Putz
Activists stress that there is a pathway beyond the pledge, but it's a long road to full reform of the Uzbek cotton sector.
How Attractive are Markets in Central Asia and the South Caucasus?
April 16, 2020

How Attractive are Markets in Central Asia and the South Caucasus?

By Stanislav Pritchin
Investment attractiveness can be earned. How successful have the former Soviet states been in that regard?

Coronavirus Exposes Central Asian Migrants’ Vulnerability
April 10, 2020

Coronavirus Exposes Central Asian Migrants’ Vulnerability

By Aruuke Uran Kyzy
Distinctive factors shape anti-migrant sentiments in Russia. COVID-19 exacerbates an already difficult situation.
Tajik President Discusses Coronavirus Via Phone With Regional Leaders
April 10, 2020

Tajik President Discusses Coronavirus Via Phone With Regional Leaders

By Catherine Putz
Emomali Rahmon finally joins in on regional telediplomacy with recent calls with the leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

Turkmenistan Celebrates World Health Day Unwisely
April 08, 2020

Turkmenistan Celebrates World Health Day Unwisely

By Catherine Putz
This year the celebrations were different, though how different depends on your source.

Uzbekistan Adopts Strict Regulations to Fight COVID-19
April 06, 2020

Uzbekistan Adopts Strict Regulations to Fight COVID-19

By Umida Hashimova
The pandemic has led to the resurrection of heavy law enforcement in Uzbekistan.

Mongolia Finds a Silver Living in the COVID-19 Crisis
April 06, 2020

Mongolia Finds a Silver Living in the COVID-19 Crisis

By Anandsaikhan Nyamdavaa
Mongolia has yet to be hit hard by the pandemic, but the precautions taken have substantially decreased other incidences of disease.
Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19
April 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been ringing his neighbors to coordinate and dispatching aid to Afghanistan.

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