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Tajikistan Lifts Internet Block on GBAO. What’s Next?
June 29, 2022

Tajikistan Lifts Internet Block on GBAO. What’s Next?

By Catherine Putz
As with previous rounds of unrest and crackdown in GBAO, the core issues remain unresolved.

Busy Times in Iran-Central Asia Relations
June 24, 2022

Busy Times in Iran-Central Asia Relations

By Francisco Olmos
Despite past tensions, the security and economic ties between the two regions have strengthened over the past year.
Internet Severed Again in Tajikistan’s GBAO
May 25, 2022

Internet Severed Again in Tajikistan’s GBAO

By Catherine Putz
For much of the last six months, the internet has been either inaccessible or heavily curtailed in Tajikistan’s eastern autonomous region.

No, Press Freedoms Have Not Improved in Central Asia
May 03, 2022

No, Press Freedoms Have Not Improved in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Methodology isn’t a headline buzzword, but an improving rank certainly is -- no matter the context.

Islamic State in Afghanistan Looks to Recruit Regional Tajiks, Inflict Violence Against Tajikistan
April 29, 2022

Islamic State in Afghanistan Looks to Recruit Regional Tajiks, Inflict Violence Against Tajikistan

By Lucas Webber and Riccardo Valle
ISKP’s expanded media campaign seeks to recruit ethnic Tajik and nationals as well as incite militant violence against Tajikistan.

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. 
MMA Fighter Facing Charges in Tajikistan Over Pro-Pamiri Comments
April 06, 2022

MMA Fighter Facing Charges in Tajikistan Over Pro-Pamiri Comments

By Catherine Putz
The trial made an unexpected turn when an expert said Chorshanbe Chorshanbiev’s comments did not actually contain a call to violence.

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.

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.

Ukraine: The View From Central Asia
March 01, 2022

Ukraine: The View From Central Asia

By Umida Hashimova
The Central Asian states were caught off guard by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Responses have varied from silence to concern to outright support.
In Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, Tensions Simmer Dangerously 
February 28, 2022

In Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains, Tensions Simmer Dangerously 

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
“Everyone wants this nightmare to end,” a resident of Khorog told The Diplomat via phone.

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