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Iran Warns Virus Could Kill ‘Millions’ Within Its Borders
March 18, 2020

Iran Warns Virus Could Kill ‘Millions’ Within Its Borders

By Associated Press
The Islamic Republic issued its most serious warnings to date on the toll exacted by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
One Way to Look at the Overhaul in Russia? Putin Lacks a Dynastic Exit Strategy
March 17, 2020

One Way to Look at the Overhaul in Russia? Putin Lacks a Dynastic Exit Strategy

By Mike Smeltzer
Recent political moves reinforce the fact that Putin still lacks a well-placed family member to whom control could be handed, complicating his search for an exit strategy.

COVID-19 Arrives in Central Asia
March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Arrives in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
It was only a matter of time.

Kazakhstan Court Set To Free Prominent Political Prisoner
March 09, 2020

Kazakhstan Court Set To Free Prominent Political Prisoner

By Paolo Sorbello
Mukhtar Dzhakishev, former head of Kazakhstan's uranium company, obtained an early release decision due to his declining health.

Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker Detained After Rally in Bishkek Goes Awry
March 05, 2020

Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker Detained After Rally in Bishkek Goes Awry

By Catherine Putz
A former Kyrgyz lawmaker has been detained after a rally in support of a different jailed former parliamentarian went awry this past weekend.
Tajik Islamic State Sympathizer and Attack Ringleader Dies in Prison
March 04, 2020

Tajik Islamic State Sympathizer and Attack Ringleader Dies in Prison

By Catherine Putz
Hussein Abdusamadov was the leader, and sole surviving member, of the group of Tajiks who killed four foreign cyclists in the summer of 2018.

Tajikistan Blocks Entry of Citizens From 35 Countries Over Coronavirus Fears
March 04, 2020

Tajikistan Blocks Entry of Citizens From 35 Countries Over Coronavirus Fears

By Catherine Putz
To date, Central Asia has no confirmed cases of the virus but the region's countries are certainly concerned.
Democracy, the Tokayev Way
March 03, 2020

Democracy, the Tokayev Way

By Nurseit Niyazbekov
Is democracy, the Tokayev way, just the same authoritarian regime skillfully imitating democratic institutions and procedures to legitimate itself?

Tajik ‘Election’ Delivers Expected Result
March 03, 2020

Tajik ‘Election’ Delivers Expected Result

By Catherine Putz
One “election” down, one more to go this year for Tajikistan. 

Uzbekistan Appears to Settle on Observing the Eurasian Economic Union
March 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Appears to Settle on Observing the Eurasian Economic Union

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent has lined up its rationale and settled on a narrative for cooperation with the EAEU.

Kazakhstan’s Authorities Backtrack on Freedom of Assembly
March 02, 2020

Kazakhstan’s Authorities Backtrack on Freedom of Assembly

By Paolo Sorbello
Around 80 activists were arrested on March 1 in Almaty in connection to an unsanctioned rally in memory of an activist who died in jail. 
Kyrgyz-US Relations Hampered Despite New US Central Asia Strategy
February 29, 2020

Kyrgyz-US Relations Hampered Despite New US Central Asia Strategy

By Kristen Cheriegate
A visa ban for Kyrgyz citizens stems from a lack of biometric passports and poor communication, issues which can be addressed with deeper cooperation.

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