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Kyrgyzstan Navigates Domestic Political Firestorm, Hopes to Avoid Burning China
June 07, 2018
Kyrgyzstan Navigates Domestic Political Firestorm, Hopes to Avoid Burning China
The failure of the Bishkek power plant in January has had domestic fallout, but its bilateral dimension could scorch Beijing too.
Kyrgyzstan Navigates Domestic Political Firestorm, Hopes to Avoid Burning China
Turkish Company Complains About Turkmenistan's Empty Pockets
June 04, 2018
Turkish Company Complains About Turkmenistan's Empty Pockets
In a recent Reuters report, a Turkish company claims Ashgabat hasn't paid up for completed contracts.
Turkish Company Complains About Turkmenistan's Empty Pockets
A Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Ends in a Young Woman's Death
June 01, 2018
A Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Ends in a Young Woman's Death
Burulai Turdaaly Kyzy was reportedly stabbed to death inside a police station by the man who had abducted her.
A Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Ends in a Young Woman's Death
The Bishkek Power Plant Saga: Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Faces Corruption Charges
May 31, 2018
The Bishkek Power Plant Saga: Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Faces Corruption Charges
Sapar Isakov stands accused of lobbying for the interests of the Chinese company that modernized the Bishkek power plant.
The Bishkek Power Plant Saga: Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Faces Corruption Charges
Copied Free Birds: Plagiarism Allegations Hit Kazakhstan's Government Again
May 30, 2018
Copied Free Birds: Plagiarism Allegations Hit Kazakhstan's Government Again
Complaints about plagiarism and a thirst for free press go hand in hand in Kazakhstan.
Copied Free Birds: Plagiarism Allegations Hit Kazakhstan's Government Again
Can Trump Bring Balance to US-Uzbekistan Relations?
May 17, 2018
Can Trump Bring Balance to US-Uzbekistan Relations?
As Tashkent and Washington revive their strategic partnership, eyes are on reforms.
Can Trump Bring Balance to US-Uzbekistan Relations?
Uzbekistan: A Reforming Dictatorship Will Test US Foreign Policy
May 16, 2018
Uzbekistan: A Reforming Dictatorship Will Test US Foreign Policy
There will be rough patches ahead in Uzbekistan’s reform mission, Washington must focus on the long game.
Uzbekistan: A Reforming Dictatorship Will Test US Foreign Policy
How Will Erdogan’s Recent Visit to Uzbekistan Enhance Turkish-Uzbek Cooperation?
May 15, 2018
How Will Erdogan’s Recent Visit to Uzbekistan Enhance Turkish-Uzbek Cooperation?
After a cold snap in bilateral relations, Tashkent and Ankara seem set for warmer relations.
How Will Erdogan’s Recent Visit to Uzbekistan Enhance Turkish-Uzbek Cooperation?
Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington
May 15, 2018
Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington
A few years ago such a panel -- seating a human rights researcher next to an Uzbek official -- would have been unthinkable.
Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington
Kazakhstan's Small Lenders Suffer Financial Crunch
May 11, 2018
Kazakhstan's Small Lenders Suffer Financial Crunch
Strongly criticized by the president, some small banks in Kazakhstan are asking for help from the state to withstand a liquidity crisis.
Kazakhstan's Small Lenders Suffer Financial Crunch
Central Asia Opens the Door to Afghanistan
May 10, 2018
Central Asia Opens the Door to Afghanistan
Central Asia is actively engaging Afghanistan on several fronts, but it will take discipline to realize those plans.
Central Asia Opens the Door to Afghanistan
In Discussing North Korea, Recall Mongolia’s Peaceful Revolution and End to One-Party Rule
May 10, 2018
In Discussing North Korea, Recall Mongolia’s Peaceful Revolution and End to One-Party Rule
Is a “Mongolian model” practical for North Korea?
In Discussing North Korea, Recall Mongolia’s Peaceful Revolution and End to One-Party Rule
In Uzbekistan, Abdullaev Case Concludes With Freedom
May 08, 2018
In Uzbekistan, Abdullaev Case Concludes With Freedom
The defendants were set free; the judge ordered the state security service to look into its “violations” during the investigation.
In Uzbekistan, Abdullaev Case Concludes With Freedom
China’s Belt and Road Gets a Central Asian Boost
May 03, 2018
China’s Belt and Road Gets a Central Asian Boost
Uzbekistan’s transformation will fast-track the new Silk Road.
China’s Belt and Road Gets a Central Asian Boost
Kazakhstan's Energy Company Continues to Borrow to Survive
April 30, 2018
Kazakhstan's Energy Company Continues to Borrow to Survive
A recent Eurobond issue piles up on Kazmunaigas' debt, signaling just how dependent Kazakhstan's oil and gas giant is on borrowed capital.
Kazakhstan's Energy Company Continues to Borrow to Survive
Kyrgyzstan: Power, Prime Ministers, and Power Plants
April 27, 2018
Kyrgyzstan: Power, Prime Ministers, and Power Plants
In 2018, both the Bishkek power plant and the Atambayev-Jeenbekov relationship began malfunctioning.
Kyrgyzstan: Power, Prime Ministers, and Power Plants
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