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US Pledges $2 Million to Uzbekistan
February 10, 2020

US Pledges $2 Million to Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
The true nature of U.S. investment in Uzbekistan, and all of Central Asia, is broader than just direct financial assistance packages.
Mongolia Braces for Coronavirus Impact
February 09, 2020

Mongolia Braces for Coronavirus Impact

By Monica Weller
Mongolia has shut its border with China and closed down schools, among other efforts to prevent the virus from spreading into the country.

US Looks to Central Asia to Stand Up to China on Xinjiang
February 07, 2020

US Looks to Central Asia to Stand Up to China on Xinjiang

By Catherine Putz
Washington's messaging is aimed both at Beijing and Central Asian capitals.

A New US Strategy for Central Asia: Continuity Under Better Conditions
February 06, 2020

A New US Strategy for Central Asia: Continuity Under Better Conditions

By Catherine Putz
The new strategy revolves around a familiar “holy trinity” -- independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity -- while acknowledging the power of new regional dynamics.

Turkmenistan’s Latest Boondoggle: A New $1.5 Billion City
February 05, 2020

Turkmenistan’s Latest Boondoggle: A New $1.5 Billion City

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan plans to to build a $1.5-billion city amid spending cuts.
Tajik Journalist Facing Extremism Charges
February 04, 2020

Tajik Journalist Facing Extremism Charges

By Catherine Putz
Ahead of parliamentary elections, Tajik authorities detained a journalist for publishing what it says are more than 200 articles “containing extremist content.”

US Suspends Issuing Immigration Visas to Kyrgyz Citizens, Others
February 04, 2020

US Suspends Issuing Immigration Visas to Kyrgyz Citizens, Others

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan is among six countries hit with new visa restrictions by the United States.
Press Freedom Questions Follow Pompeo to Central Asia
February 04, 2020

Press Freedom Questions Follow Pompeo to Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. secretary of state said he’s sent a “perfect message” on press freedoms.

Pompeo, in Kazakhstan, Warns of China’s Growing Reach
February 03, 2020

Pompeo, in Kazakhstan, Warns of China’s Growing Reach

By Associated Press
The secretary of state pressed Kazakhstan to be wary of Chinese investment and influence, urging it and others to join calls demanding an end to China's repression of minorities.

Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia
February 01, 2020

Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia

By Li-Chen Sim and Farkhod Aminjonov
Belt and Road-related problems could prompt Central Asian states to re-engage more seriously with other actors.

The Real Meaning of Manizha Mania
February 01, 2020

The Real Meaning of Manizha Mania

By Colleen Wood
A Tajik-Russian singer’s new video explores the double-bind of migration and assimilation.
Report Links Ablyazov to Embattled Maltese Academic Joseph Mifsud Via Swiss Lawyer Stephan Roh
January 31, 2020

Report Links Ablyazov to Embattled Maltese Academic Joseph Mifsud Via Swiss Lawyer Stephan Roh

By Catherine Putz
A Maltese academic, a Swiss lawyer, and a fugitive Kazakh oligarch -- what could possibly be the connection?

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