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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.
Are Centerra and Kyrgyzstan Nearing a Deal to Split For Good?
March 30, 2022

Are Centerra and Kyrgyzstan Nearing a Deal to Split For Good?

By Catherine Putz
Nothing is set in stone, but Kyrgyzstan and Centerra Gold may be nearing the end of their long relationship. 

Ethnic Central Asians Among Those Killed With the Russian Army in Ukraine
March 25, 2022

Ethnic Central Asians Among Those Killed With the Russian Army in Ukraine

By Catherine Putz
Regional media have begun to report on the return of bodies, men born in Central Asia who took Russian citizenship over the years and ultimately died in Ukraine.
Soviet Central Asian Leaders Are Far From Gone
March 22, 2022

Soviet Central Asian Leaders Are Far From Gone

By Francisco Olmos
From Kunayev to Razzakov to Rashidov, Soviet-era Central Asian leaders continue to play an important role in constructing historical narratives 30 years after independence.

Press Freedom in Kyrgyzstan Is Headed in the Wrong Direction
March 18, 2022

Press Freedom in Kyrgyzstan Is Headed in the Wrong Direction

By Miranda Patrucic
We’ve seen how important it is that citizens of a country know the truth and are exposed to more than just propaganda. Kyrgyzstan’s backsliding is deeply concerning.

What Does Russia’s Ukraine Invasion Mean for Central Asia?
March 16, 2022

What Does Russia’s Ukraine Invasion Mean for Central Asia?

Asel Doolotkeldieva, Bruce Pannier, Temur Umarov, and Colleen Wood discuss the economic, political, and diplomatic fallout for Central Asia.

How Will the War in Ukraine Affect Central Asian Remittance Flows?
March 08, 2022

How Will the War in Ukraine Affect Central Asian Remittance Flows?

By Catherine Putz
In 2022, Central Asia was supposed to see slight growth in remittances. Thanks to Russia’s war in Ukraine, remittances are expected to drop dramatically instead.
More Than Just Grains of Rice: Shedding Light on Community and Precarity in Kyrgyzstan’s Batken
March 03, 2022

More Than Just Grains of Rice: Shedding Light on Community and Precarity in Kyrgyzstan’s Batken

By Colleen Wood
In farming communities in Batken, rice is not just a pantry staple or cultural symbol; its planting and harvesting determines the rhythm of life.

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