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Central Asia’s Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women
June 16, 2022

Central Asia’s Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women

By Niginakhon Uralova and Svetlana Dzardanova
Restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 inadvertently sparked a rise in violence against women and girls in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Rising Soviet Nostalgia in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan’s Young Pioneers
June 01, 2022

Rising Soviet Nostalgia in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan’s Young Pioneers

By Colleen Wood
The seemingly benign commemoration of a Soviet-era youth organization speaks to bigger debates about Kyrgyzstan’s identity.
Kumtor: Kyrgyz Court Cancels $3.2 Billion Fine on Departing Canadian Mining Firm Centerra
May 28, 2022

Kumtor: Kyrgyz Court Cancels $3.2 Billion Fine on Departing Canadian Mining Firm Centerra

By Catherine Putz
The contentious saga of Kumtor Gold Mine is one step closer to completion.

Hearings Begin in Case Against Kyrgyz Journalist Temirov and Singer Nazarov 
May 25, 2022

Hearings Begin in Case Against Kyrgyz Journalist Temirov and Singer Nazarov 

By Catherine Putz
As preliminary hearings began last week, Temirov discovered that his Kyrgyz passport had been canceled already.

No, Press Freedoms Have Not Improved in Central Asia
May 03, 2022

No, Press Freedoms Have Not Improved in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Methodology isn’t a headline buzzword, but an improving rank certainly is -- no matter the context.

Campaign Against Kyrgyz Journalist Bolot Temirov Intensifies With Forgery Allegations
April 28, 2022

Campaign Against Kyrgyz Journalist Bolot Temirov Intensifies With Forgery Allegations

By Catherine Putz
Like clockwork: After Temirov released a new investigative report last week, the authorities piled on new charges.

Are Kyrgyzstan and the US Finally Nearing a New Bilateral Cooperation Agreement?
April 26, 2022

Are Kyrgyzstan and the US Finally Nearing a New Bilateral Cooperation Agreement?

By Catherine Putz
In recent interviews both U.S. officials and the Kyrgyz president have suggested that Bishkek and Washington may be nearing the signing of a new Bilateral Cooperation Agreement.
China’s Inadvertent Empire: Welcome to Sinostan
April 19, 2022

China’s Inadvertent Empire: Welcome to Sinostan

By Catherine Putz
An interview with Raffaello Pantucci about China’s rise, as seen through Beijing’s engagements in Central Asia.

Are Central Asian Migrant Workers Ready to Leave Russia?
April 13, 2022

Are Central Asian Migrant Workers Ready to Leave Russia?

By Umida Hashimova
Less than half of Central Asians labor migrants are ready to return to their home countries a month after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Central Asia Sides With Russia in UN Human Rights Council Vote
April 08, 2022

Central Asia Sides With Russia in UN Human Rights Council Vote

By Catherine Putz
The resolution to expel Russia passed, but the region’s vote against it highlights the difficulty and complexity of Central Asia's position. 

Centerra and Kyrgyzstan Reach Agreement to Split After Kumtor Gold Mine Mess
April 04, 2022

Centerra and Kyrgyzstan Reach Agreement to Split After Kumtor Gold Mine Mess

By Catherine Putz
If implemented, the agreement would see the Canadian mining firm exit Kyrgyzstan after a tumultuous 20 years and Bishkek assume responsibility for the mine.
Kyrgyz Authorities Try to Head off Protests With Restrictions
March 31, 2022

Kyrgyz Authorities Try to Head off Protests With Restrictions

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstani authorities are restricting protests about Russia’s war in Ukraine, but some public servants are speaking out.

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