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Kyrgyzstan’s Zere Asylbek Back With a Moody Political Track
September 16, 2019
Kyrgyzstan’s Zere Asylbek Back With a Moody Political Track
Zere Asylbek’s new single pushes Kyrgyz society to get over its political apathy.
Kyrgyzstan’s Zere Asylbek Back With a Moody Political Track
A Certainly Incomplete Update on Detained Kyrgyz Politicians
August 29, 2019
A Certainly Incomplete Update on Detained Kyrgyz Politicians
A litigious air has swept Kyrgyzstan: It's hard to keep track of who has been detained and who could be next.
A Certainly Incomplete Update on Detained Kyrgyz Politicians
Kyrgyzstan Attempts to Isolate Local Islam
August 28, 2019
Kyrgyzstan Attempts to Isolate Local Islam
Kyrgyz authorities profess a separation of state and religion while also paradoxically preferring one version of Islam.
Kyrgyzstan Attempts to Isolate Local Islam
The Failure of Atambayev’s Planned Power Transition
August 23, 2019
The Failure of Atambayev’s Planned Power Transition
Unlike in Russia and Kazakhstan, an effort in Kyrgyzstan to carefully orchestrate the transition of power backfired.
The Failure of Atambayev’s Planned Power Transition
Aksana Ismailbekova on Patronage Politics in Kyrgyzstan
August 20, 2019
Aksana Ismailbekova on Patronage Politics in Kyrgyzstan
What lays beneath the surface of Kyrgyzstan’s dramatic political scene?
Aksana Ismailbekova on Patronage Politics in Kyrgyzstan
Smart Cities or Surveillance? Huawei in Central Asia
August 07, 2019
Smart Cities or Surveillance? Huawei in Central Asia
Chinese surveillance technologies are popular among Central Asia’s governments.
Smart Cities or Surveillance? Huawei in Central Asia
Chinese Private Security Moves Into Central Asia
July 03, 2019
Chinese Private Security Moves Into Central Asia
With vast investments at stake, Chinese private security firms are expanding operations in Kyrgyzstan and beyond.
Chinese Private Security Moves Into Central Asia
Kok Boru and Nowruz in Kyrgyzstan
March 26, 2018
Kok Boru and Nowruz in Kyrgyzstan
The highly anticipated traditions of Nowruz converge with Kyrgyzstan’s most important sport, Kok Boru, to usher in the new year.
Kok Boru and Nowruz in Kyrgyzstan
Journalism in Kyrgyzstan: Shoot the Messenger?
March 16, 2018
Journalism in Kyrgyzstan: Shoot the Messenger?
Pressure on the press has increased in Central Asia’s so-called island of democracy.
Journalism in Kyrgyzstan: Shoot the Messenger?
The Dark Side of Kyrgyzstan's 'Affordable Housing'
October 20, 2017
The Dark Side of Kyrgyzstan's 'Affordable Housing'
An activist forced to flee, thousands of missing dollars, and citizens left waiting for their piece of promised land.
The Dark Side of Kyrgyzstan's 'Affordable Housing'
Soviet Uranium Mines Still Have Deadly Impact in Kyrgyzstan
December 13, 2016
Soviet Uranium Mines Still Have Deadly Impact in Kyrgyzstan
Uranium tailings in South Kyrgyzstan pose an environmental risk in Central Asia.
Soviet Uranium Mines Still Have Deadly Impact in Kyrgyzstan
Pride and Politics on Display in Kyrgyzstan
September 30, 2016
Pride and Politics on Display in Kyrgyzstan
The World Nomad Games were great fun, but also securitized, commercialized, politicized, and nationalized.
Pride and Politics on Display in Kyrgyzstan
Spectacle and Sport at the World Nomad Games
September 17, 2016
Spectacle and Sport at the World Nomad Games
A week of earnest competition, friendly contests, and a full-on Central Asian Burning Man-like festival.
Spectacle and Sport at the World Nomad Games
China’s Terrorist Problem Goes Global
September 07, 2016
China’s Terrorist Problem Goes Global
An attack in Kyrgyzstan drives home what Beijing has long feared: Uyghur militants are integrating into global networks.
China’s Terrorist Problem Goes Global
Kyrgyzstan: Corrupt, Anarchic – and Stable?
August 16, 2016
Kyrgyzstan: Corrupt, Anarchic – and Stable?
Despite its problems, Kyrgyzstan may be Central Asia's most stable state. Here's why.
Kyrgyzstan: Corrupt, Anarchic – and Stable?
Kyrgyzstan: Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union and Its Discontents
May 20, 2016
Kyrgyzstan: Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union and Its Discontents
At Dordoi Bazaar, the economic promise of the EEU appears remote.
Kyrgyzstan: Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union and Its Discontents
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