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What Tajikistan’s Persecution of Faromuz Irgashev Really Means
December 02, 2022

What Tajikistan’s Persecution of Faromuz Irgashev Really Means

By Catherine Putz
The journey of Faromuz Irgashev from presidential hopeful to prison underscores Tajikistan’s total descent into authoritarianism.

Dawn of the Drone Age in Central Asia
November 23, 2022

Dawn of the Drone Age in Central Asia

By Francisco Olmos
Central Asian countries have been stepping up their drone capabilities.
What Explains Growing European Engagement in Central Asia?
November 22, 2022

What Explains Growing European Engagement in Central Asia?

By Alouddin Komilov
In recent years, the EU has shifted how it views Central Asia. That effort culminated recently with the first EU-Central Asia leaders summit.

Tajik-made Iranian Drones Are Not in Ukraine Either
November 01, 2022

Tajik-made Iranian Drones Are Not in Ukraine Either

By Catherine Putz
The kind of Iranian drones Tajikistan has an agreement to manufacture are not those seen in the sky over Ukraine.

Russia’s War in Ukraine and Its Impact on Central Asia
October 24, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine and Its Impact on Central Asia

By Yunis Sharifli, Chia-Lin Kao , and Bermet Derbishova
The war’s negative impacts on regional economies outweigh any incidental benefits, and Central Asians know it.

What Is Happening With Sovereign Debt in Central Asia?
October 14, 2022

What Is Happening With Sovereign Debt in Central Asia?

By Djoomart Kaipovich Otorbaev
Since the early 2000s the Central Asian republics have largely kept their debt levels stable.

CIS Gathers for Informal Summit in Russia Amid Tension, War
October 07, 2022

CIS Gathers for Informal Summit in Russia Amid Tension, War

By Catherine Putz
The informal CIS meeting in St. Petersburg coincides with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 70th birthday, but it won’t be much of a celebration.
Tajik Journalist Abdullo Ghurbati Sentenced to 7.5 Years After Closed-Door Trial
October 05, 2022

Tajik Journalist Abdullo Ghurbati Sentenced to 7.5 Years After Closed-Door Trial

By Catherine Putz
Half a dozen journalists in Tajikistan have been detained in the last few months in a worrying, and wide, crackdown on media in the country.

Are Central Asians Being Conscripted by Russia to Fight in Ukraine?
October 04, 2022

Are Central Asians Being Conscripted by Russia to Fight in Ukraine?

By Catherine Putz
Moscow denies that Central Asians are being conscripted into the Russian military, but the risk is real.

Economic Resilience in Central Asia Amid Russian War in Ukraine
October 03, 2022

Economic Resilience in Central Asia Amid Russian War in Ukraine

By Catherine Putz
On the back of high remittances and oil and gas revenues, the outlook for Central Asia’s economies has improved. But it’s not all good news.

The Difficult Path Toward De-escalation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border
September 28, 2022

The Difficult Path Toward De-escalation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border

By Catherine Putz
A protocol reportedly signed over the weekend would see both vacate four border posts each but is shadowed by domestic critiques in Kyrgyzstan and a lack of clarity in Tajikistan.
Escalating Conflict on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border: Whither the Regional Security Order?
September 22, 2022

Escalating Conflict on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border: Whither the Regional Security Order?

By Asel Doolotkeldieva and Madeleine Reeves
Conflicts have intensified across the former Soviet Union, now in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It’s a worrying and disillusioning development for the region. 

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