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Will the Taliban’s Takeover Inspire Central Asian Extremists?
October 12, 2021

Will the Taliban’s Takeover Inspire Central Asian Extremists?

By Umida Hashimova
Central Asian governments seem more sensitive to domestic and regional threats possibly invigorated by the Taliban’s rise to power.

Afghanistan Can’t Pay Its Electricity Bills
October 07, 2021

Afghanistan Can’t Pay Its Electricity Bills

By Catherine Putz
Afghanistan imports a majority of its electricity supplies, and the bills have not been paid.
Tensions Rise Between Tajikistan and the Taliban
October 05, 2021

Tensions Rise Between Tajikistan and the Taliban

By Catherine Putz
Both Russia and Pakistan have reportedly urged Tajikistan and the Taliban to cool off their war of words, concerned about conflict on the border.

What Explains Tajikistan’s Evolving Position on Afghan Refugees?
September 22, 2021

What Explains Tajikistan’s Evolving Position on Afghan Refugees?

By Umida Hashimova
In late July, a Tajik official said the country had the capacity to accept 100,000 Afghan refugees. Since then, Dushanbe has fallen into the broader, anti-refugee Central Asian line.

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Take Different Approaches to Afghanistan
September 13, 2021

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Take Different Approaches to Afghanistan

By Umida Hashimova
In dealing with the situation in Afghanistan, Dushanbe and Tashkent have taken different approaches toward dealing with a Taliban-ruled country.

What’s Next for Afghan Pilots Who Escaped to Central Asia?
September 13, 2021

What’s Next for Afghan Pilots Who Escaped to Central Asia?

By Catherine Putz
With Uzbekistan under pressure, those who landed in Termez are being moved to the UAE. Those in Tajikistan are waiting. 

Don’t Underestimate Tajikistan in the Afghanistan Crisis
September 02, 2021

Don’t Underestimate Tajikistan in the Afghanistan Crisis

By Ivan U. Klyszcz
By virtue of geography, Dushanbe is a critical actor in the international community’s ongoing engagement with Afghanistan.
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Hedge on Afghan Refugees
August 31, 2021

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Hedge on Afghan Refugees

By Catherine Putz
Both countries have been willing to take some Afghan refugees in, but only temporarily. 

Tajikistan Won’t Recognize a Taliban-Only Afghan Government
August 25, 2021

Tajikistan Won’t Recognize a Taliban-Only Afghan Government

By Catherine Putz
After talks with Pakistan’s foreign minister, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon stressed the need for an inclusive Afghan government, particularly including ethnic Tajiks.

Afghan Forces Flee, Fly, to Central Asia
August 17, 2021

Afghan Forces Flee, Fly, to Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How will Central Asian states handle Afghan government forces that have fled as the Taliban take control in Kabul?

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?
August 12, 2021

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?

By Filippo Costa Buranelli
Presidential meetings in Central Asia are often dismissed for a lack of concrete results and for their exclusively ceremonial character. But there are good reasons to take the latest meeting seriously.
Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment
August 10, 2021

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment

By Moez Hayat
The Central Asian republics can learn from the experience of Southeast Asia and use the crisis in Afghanistan to spur forward regional cooperation at a time of great power competition. 

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