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Winter Energy Woes Bedevil Central Asia
January 13, 2021

Winter Energy Woes Bedevil Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan have all suffered in recent months from shortages and blackouts, their citizens experiencing cold nights and darkened lights.

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?
January 07, 2021

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?

By Catherine Putz
The January 2021 World Bank Global Economic Prospects report is out, heralding a “subdued” recovery for the world. How fares Central Asia?
A Critical Lesson for Tajikistan: The State of Migrant Workers in 2020
January 06, 2021

A Critical Lesson for Tajikistan: The State of Migrant Workers in 2020

By Khiradmand Sheraliev
2020 was not the first time Tajikistan experienced the sharp costs of being a remittance-dependent country, but the lesson is important to heed.

Tajik Authorities Continue Harassing Dissident’s Family
December 07, 2020

Tajik Authorities Continue Harassing Dissident’s Family

By Catherine Putz
New year, same problem: Tajik authorities continue to harass the family of Fatkhuddin Saidmukhidinov, a Europe-based government critic.

Is This Tajikistan’s #MeToo Moment?
November 03, 2020

Is This Tajikistan’s #MeToo Moment?

By Sher Khashimov and Steve Swerdlow
Could a court decision punishing a victim of sexual harassment and the newspaper that helped her be Tajikistan’s #MeToo moment?

Tajiks Stuck in Russia, Flights Home Cancelled
November 03, 2020

Tajiks Stuck in Russia, Flights Home Cancelled

By Catherine Putz
A pair of November 1 charter flights from Moscow to Dushanbe were cancelled.

Tajikistan’s Presidential Election Yields Expected Results
October 13, 2020

Tajikistan’s Presidential Election Yields Expected Results

By Catherine Putz
Another seven year term for Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.
Tajikistan: Why Authoritarian Elections Also Matter
October 10, 2020

Tajikistan: Why Authoritarian Elections Also Matter

By Steve Swerdlow
The upcoming presidential election in Tajikistan underscores a worsening human rights crisis. 

What’s Important About Tajikistan’s Presidential Election?
October 08, 2020

What’s Important About Tajikistan’s Presidential Election?

By Catherine Putz
What's at stake in Tajikistan's election isn't the presidency, but what comes next.

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?
September 24, 2020

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?

By Catherine Putz
The five leaders foregrounded a range of issues, from the pressing challenge of COVID-19 to vague promises of political reform.

Muhiddin Kabiri Speaks Online, Tajikistan’s Internet Shuts Down
September 18, 2020

Muhiddin Kabiri Speaks Online, Tajikistan’s Internet Shuts Down

By Catherine Putz
A coincidence? When IRPT leader Kabiri spoke this week in an online event his message was cut off from Tajikistan by “technical glitches.” 
Field Set for Tajik Election, No Surprises
September 15, 2020

Field Set for Tajik Election, No Surprises

By Catherine Putz
With less than a month until election day, Rahmon stands prominently in a field of unsurprising candidates unlikely to rock the boat.

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