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Central Asia Braces for COVID-19 Omicron Wave
January 13, 2022

Central Asia Braces for COVID-19 Omicron Wave

By Catherine Putz
With the arrival of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Central Asia looks to be heading into its fourth wave of pandemic. 

Curious Case of the Kyrgyz Jazzman Detained in Kazakhstan
January 11, 2022

Curious Case of the Kyrgyz Jazzman Detained in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
The bizarre story illustrates a wider set of concerns as the Kazakh government claims to have arrested nearly 8,000 people in the wake of a week of chaos in Kazakhstan. 
The Kazakhstan Crisis: A View From Kyrgyzstan
January 08, 2022

The Kazakhstan Crisis: A View From Kyrgyzstan

By Aidai Masylkanova
In supporting the CSTO intervention today in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov is perhaps hoping to secure similar CSTO support for himself in the future. 

Kyrgyzstan and Centerra in Talks for Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution Over Kumtor
January 07, 2022

Kyrgyzstan and Centerra in Talks for Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution Over Kumtor

By Catherine Putz
The Canadian mining firm confirmed that it is in discussions with Bishkek over the fate of the mine.

The Art of Survival for Central Asian States
January 03, 2022

The Art of Survival for Central Asian States

By Brian Wong, Iskander Akylbayev, and Valikhan Bakhretdinov
30 years on from the dissolution of the USSR, Central Asian states are a case study in hedging and balancing between global superpowers.

A Look Back at 2021 in Central Asia
December 28, 2021

A Look Back at 2021 in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How did I do on my outlook for Central Asia 2021? 

Aijan Sharshenova on What’s Next for Kyrgyz Politics 
December 21, 2021

Aijan Sharshenova on What’s Next for Kyrgyz Politics 

By Catherine Putz
What’s next for Kyrgyz politics now that Sadyr Japarov has the government he wanted?
Have Kumtor’s Revenues Fallen Since Government Seizure?
December 21, 2021

Have Kumtor’s Revenues Fallen Since Government Seizure?

By Catherine Putz
Kumtor update: revenues are down, Kyrgyzstan is suing Centerra, and Akayev is off the hook.

As the Dust Settles from Kyrgyzstan’s Election, What Next?
December 07, 2021

As the Dust Settles from Kyrgyzstan’s Election, What Next?

By Catherine Putz
As Kyrgyzstan’s new parliament takes shape, Japarov has the government he asked for. Now for the hard part: governing.

Mob Accosts Kyrgyz Opposition Politician Tekebayev 
December 02, 2021

Mob Accosts Kyrgyz Opposition Politician Tekebayev 

By Catherine Putz
Tekebayev and other opposition politicians have been agitating against the November 28 election results.

Has Labor Migration to Russia Improved for Kyrgyz?
December 01, 2021

Has Labor Migration to Russia Improved for Kyrgyz?

By Aziza Shamyrbekova
Accession to the Eurasian Economic Union provided some relief to Kyrgyz migrant workers, but difficulties remain. 
Low Turnout, Technical Glitches, Mar Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls
November 29, 2021

Low Turnout, Technical Glitches, Mar Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls

By Catherine Putz
With final results still pending, one thing is clear: Kyrgyzstanis are tired of elections.

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