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Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task
April 10, 2021

Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task

By Catherine Putz
People on both sides of these possibly shifting borders have strong feelings about it.

US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan
April 06, 2021

US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan

By Akram Umarov
In May 2020 and March 2021, the United States started up two new trilateral dialogues pairing Afghanistan with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 
China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up
April 01, 2021

China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up

By Tristan Kenderdine and Péter Bucsky
China’s contribution to Central Asian rail connectivity remains miniscule.

Which Central Asian Students Can Return to Russia to Study?
March 25, 2021

Which Central Asian Students Can Return to Russia to Study?

By Catherine Putz
Tajik students, for now, are not among those being allowed to return to their studies in Russia. 

Tajikistan’s Catch-22: Foreign Investment and Sovereignty Risks
March 24, 2021

Tajikistan’s Catch-22: Foreign Investment and Sovereignty Risks

By Bob Rehorst and Wouter Kuijl
How ineffective foreign investment and corrupt state elites pose a threat to the sovereignty of Central Asia’s poorest nation.

Rethinking Britain’s Central Asia Strategy
March 15, 2021

Rethinking Britain’s Central Asia Strategy

By Jade McGlynn
The U.K. needs to think more ambitiously – and more coherently – about its own capabilities and objectives in Central Asia.

If Only It Were That Easy: Tajikistan Declares Itself COVID-19 Free
January 27, 2021

If Only It Were That Easy: Tajikistan Declares Itself COVID-19 Free

By Catherine Putz
The Tajik president commented that “Tajikistan today is without COVID-19" -- close regional observers (and common sense) disagree.
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?

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