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Diplomatic Engagement in Central Asia on the Rise

Diplomatic Engagement in Central Asia on the Rise

By Aizada Nuriddenova and Zhanibek Arynov
The number of interactions between high-level Central Asian officials has visibly increased since 2015, from 60 interactions that year to 158 in 2023.
In Light of Photos, Kyrgyz Authorities Claim Detained Journalist Staged Her Own Bruises

In Light of Photos, Kyrgyz Authorities Claim Detained Journalist Staged Her Own Bruises

By Catherine Putz
Bolot Temirov shared photos of the bruises he says his wife, Makhabat Tajibek kyzy, sustained in a Kyrgyz detention center in April. Prison authorities say they were inflicted by cell-mates at her request.

How Authoritarian Oppression Breeds Religious Extremism in Central Asia

How Authoritarian Oppression Breeds Religious Extremism in Central Asia

By Kashif Hasan Khan and Marin Ekstrom
The overwhelmingly authoritarian governments in Central Asia have utilized severe repression against Islamist movements – extremist or not.

A Guardian of Health in the Mountains of Kyrgyzstan 

A Guardian of Health in the Mountains of Kyrgyzstan 

By WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan
With a particular focus on vaccination, Jiydekul Yrysbayeva plays a crucial role in safeguarding the lives of her fellow Kyrgyzstanis.

Kyrgyz President Raises Labor Mobility Issues in Moscow

Kyrgyz President Raises Labor Mobility Issues in Moscow

By Catherine Putz
At a Eurasian Economic Union meeting, sandwiched between Putin’s fifth inauguration and the nationalistic May 9 display, the Kyrgyz president raised concerns about labor mobility in the EAEU.
China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Construction to Begin in October, Kyrgyz President Says

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Construction to Begin in October, Kyrgyz President Says

By Catherine Putz
Sadyr Japarov reportedly said the railway will make Kyrgyzstan “a transit country for the world.” But the project is an enormous undertaking with unclear financing. 

Central Asian Presidents to be ‘Guests of Honor’ for Russian Victory Day Parade

Central Asian Presidents to be ‘Guests of Honor’ for Russian Victory Day Parade

By Catherine Putz
For the second year in a row, Central Asia’s leaders are making the trek to Moscow to mark a holiday of fleeting relevance in the region.
US Religious Freedom Watchdog Recommends Kyrgyzstan for Special Watch List

US Religious Freedom Watchdog Recommends Kyrgyzstan for Special Watch List

By Catherine Putz
For the first time, all five Central Asian states are named in some fashion in the annual USCIRF report for violating religious freedoms.

UK Foreign Secretary’s Visit to Central Asia: Deciphered  

UK Foreign Secretary’s Visit to Central Asia: Deciphered  

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
What did U.K. Foreign Secretary David Cameron’s trip across Central Asia achieve?

Sino-Kyrgyz Relations: A (Very) One-sided Relationship

Sino-Kyrgyz Relations: A (Very) One-sided Relationship

By Wilder Alejandro and Marin Ekstrom
On the one hand, China and the BRI have aided Kyrgyzstan in opening up to global trade. On the other hand, Bishkek's debt and dependency on Beijing's loans are alarming.

TikTok’s Rocky Road in Central Asia

TikTok’s Rocky Road in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
TikTok has faced pressure across Central Asia, with governments often citing the protection of children to justify restriction. 
UK Foreign Secretary’s Visit to Central Asia and Mongolia: An Urgent To-Do List    

UK Foreign Secretary’s Visit to Central Asia and Mongolia: An Urgent To-Do List    

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
David Cameron is on a six-nation tour of Central Asia, underscoring the U.K.'s reinvigorated engagement with the region. 

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