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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.

Turkmenistan Takes Policing Women’s Bodies to the Next Level
May 03, 2022

Turkmenistan Takes Policing Women’s Bodies to the Next Level

By Akja Kepderi
In April, Turkmen authorities began cracking down on salons, enforcing a ban on a range of beauty services.
India’s Plan to Realize TAPI
April 12, 2022

India’s Plan to Realize TAPI

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project seems to have far more going against it than pushing in its favor.

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. 

Small Shuffles in the Turkmen Cabinet of Ministers
April 07, 2022

Small Shuffles in the Turkmen Cabinet of Ministers

By Catherine Putz
Mere weeks after reappointing his father’s cabinet, the younger Berdimuhamedov has begun to make some personnel changes.

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.

A New Berdimuhamedov Will Soon Be Turkmenistan’s President
March 16, 2022

A New Berdimuhamedov Will Soon Be Turkmenistan’s President

By Catherine Putz
Although all indications are that Serdar intends to follow in his father’s footsteps, Turkmenistan is politically entering uncharted waters.
Turkmenistan Will Get a New President on March 12. Will It Matter?
March 09, 2022

Turkmenistan Will Get a New President on March 12. Will It Matter?

By Catherine Putz
Will a change in president mean a change in leadership? And even if so, can that change in leadership measurably affect the challenges Turkmenistan faces?

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.

Could a New President in Turkmenistan Provide an Opportunity for the US to Promote Reform?
February 19, 2022

Could a New President in Turkmenistan Provide an Opportunity for the US to Promote Reform?

By Sebastien Peyrouse
It may turn out that Serdar is just like his father, and nothing will change in Turkmenistan. But new opportunities for engagement amid leadership change are worth exploring.

Turkmenistan Set for Dynastic Succession: Early Election March 12, President’s Son Running
February 15, 2022

Turkmenistan Set for Dynastic Succession: Early Election March 12, President’s Son Running

By Catherine Putz
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov did not explicitly state he would step down, but the implication seemed clear when he called for early elections and said it was time to open the way for "young leaders."
Why Did Central Asia’s Leaders Go to Beijing?
February 08, 2022

Why Did Central Asia’s Leaders Go to Beijing?

By Catherine Putz
The visits by all five Central Asian presidents to China for the opening of the Beijing Games illustrate the importance of the relationship for both sides.

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