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Is the Aral Sea a Lost Cause?
February 01, 2023

Is the Aral Sea a Lost Cause?

By Elena Gordillo
The impacts of the Aral Sea’s desiccation are threatening the lives of millions and hopes for its revival are plummeting. 

Kazakhstan’s Uranium Industry and the Middle Corridor Come Together
January 30, 2023

Kazakhstan’s Uranium Industry and the Middle Corridor Come Together

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
Astana is betting heavily on the Middle Corridor as a route to access the international energy market without Russia.
It’s Time to Incorporate Consent Into Central Asia’s Sexual Violence Laws
January 26, 2023

It’s Time to Incorporate Consent Into Central Asia’s Sexual Violence Laws

By Catherine Putz
The criminal codes of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan focus on violence in defining rape, rather than the lack of consent. 

Kazakhstan’s Media, Journalists Under Pressure
January 17, 2023

Kazakhstan’s Media, Journalists Under Pressure

By Paolo Sorbello
An attack on a journalist highlights the difficult environment for the press.

Kazakhstan Annuls Law ‘On the First President’
January 11, 2023

Kazakhstan Annuls Law ‘On the First President’

By Catherine Putz
As expected, following last summer’s constitutional referendum dropping references to “elbasy,” many of the First President’s other special privileges are ending.

The Future of CICA: An Interview With Secretary General Kairat Sarybay
January 11, 2023

The Future of CICA: An Interview With Secretary General Kairat Sarybay

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
CICA is undergoing an overhaul internally in the hopes of taking “a prominent place in the comprehensive security architecture of the Asian continent and the world.”

What Are Central Asia’s Economic Prospects in 2023?
January 10, 2023

What Are Central Asia’s Economic Prospects in 2023?

By Catherine Putz
The war in Ukraine, in particular, is putting a drag on economies across Central Asia.
No Escape: Camp Survivor Describes Life Under House Arrest in Xinjiang 
January 10, 2023

No Escape: Camp Survivor Describes Life Under House Arrest in Xinjiang 

By Tasnim Nazeer
Zhanargul Zhumatai, a Kazakh artist and former editor, lives in fear of being rearrested by the Chinese authorities at any time. 

Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kazakh Energy Ministers Sign Kambar-Ata-1 Roadmap 
January 09, 2023

Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kazakh Energy Ministers Sign Kambar-Ata-1 Roadmap 

By Catherine Putz
All three countries have suffered from energy shortages this winter, underscoring the need for new sources across the region.

Kazakhstan’s Bloody January: Day 6, Almaty
January 07, 2023

Kazakhstan’s Bloody January: Day 6, Almaty

By Cheryl L. Reed
Almaty’s journalists witnessed Kazakhstan’s largest city roil with protests, peaceful at first, then become engulfed in deepening anger and shocking violence. 

Kazakhstan: Impunity Persists After Torture During Bloody January 
January 06, 2023

Kazakhstan: Impunity Persists After Torture During Bloody January 

By Alva Omarova
The legal battle for justice for those arbitrarily detained and those who were brutally tortured during Kazakhstan’s Bloody January imploded before it started.
Kazakhstan’s Bloody January: Day 5, Taraz to Shymkent
January 06, 2023

Kazakhstan’s Bloody January: Day 5, Taraz to Shymkent

By Cheryl L. Reed
In two southern Kazakhstan cities, the January protests devolved into shocking violence, from the use of live ammunition against protesters to police beatings of those detained. 

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