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Why Is Kyrgyzstan Being Considered for the New U.S. Travel Ban?
January 22, 2020

Why Is Kyrgyzstan Being Considered for the New U.S. Travel Ban?

By Catherine Putz
Politico reported that the Trump administration is considering expanding the controversial “travel ban” to seven more countries, including possibly Kyrgyzstan.

Absurdity Reigns Supreme in Kyrgyzstan’s Neverending Atambayev Fiasco
January 17, 2020

Absurdity Reigns Supreme in Kyrgyzstan’s Neverending Atambayev Fiasco

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s legal system and former president Almazbek Atambayev are still locked in stalemate.
Could a Land Swap Settle the Tense Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?
January 15, 2020

Could a Land Swap Settle the Tense Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?

By Catherine Putz
After fresh trouble in the Batken region, the Kyrgyz and Tajik sides have floated the possibility of a land swap to fix the border. 

Turkey Seeks Extradition of 2 Gulen School Employees From Kyrgyzstan
December 31, 2019

Turkey Seeks Extradition of 2 Gulen School Employees From Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Two employees of the re-named Sapat school network are reportedly in detention. A Bishkek court has stalled their extradition.

Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List
December 30, 2019

Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan's Khorazm dance, Kyrgyzstan's kalpak, and Turkmenistan's carpets all notched spots on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List

What Happened at the Kyrgyz President’s End of Year Press Conference?
December 27, 2019

What Happened at the Kyrgyz President’s End of Year Press Conference?

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s president discussed hot topics -- corruption, development, free speech -- at his second annual press conference.

What the Censorship of Kyrgyzstan’s Feminnale Really Means
December 21, 2019

What the Censorship of Kyrgyzstan’s Feminnale Really Means

By Colleen Wood
A feminist art exhibition in Bishkek became another episode in Kyrgyzstan’s culture wars.
After Exposing Corruption, Media Under Pressure in Kyrgyzstan
December 14, 2019

After Exposing Corruption, Media Under Pressure in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Individuals implicated in massive corruption exposed in a recent joint investigation by  RFE/RL’s Radio Azattyk, OCCRP, and Kloop have hit back with a lawsuit.

Atambayev’s Allies Face Long Sentences as Corruption Trials Close
December 10, 2019

Atambayev’s Allies Face Long Sentences as Corruption Trials Close

By Catherine Putz
There’s no shortage of corruption to dig into in Kyrgyzstan, but the pursuit of justice is often directed by politics.

Unveiling Girls’ Madrasahs in Kyrgyzstan
December 02, 2019

Unveiling Girls’ Madrasahs in Kyrgyzstan

By Aichurek Kurmanbekova
Without state-recognized diplomas, Kyrgyzstan’s religious students -- especially girls -- are at risk of falling behind.

Kyrgyzstan Reacts to Bombshell Investigative Report, Taking to the Snowy Streets
November 28, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Reacts to Bombshell Investigative Report, Taking to the Snowy Streets

By Colleen Wood
A bombshell investigative report mobilized people to protest corruption and demand reform in Bishkek. 
Kyrgyzstan Eradicates Statelessness, Challenges Remain
October 31, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Eradicates Statelessness, Challenges Remain

By Colleen Wood
A Kyrgyzstani lawyer won a prestigious UN award for his contributions to combating statelessness in his country, but will his efforts stick?

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