Central Asia’s Great Energy Paradox
By Assel Tutumlu and Farkhod Aminjonov
Why does the energy-rich region experience such frequent power and heating failures?
Central Asia Faces Challenges and Sees Opportunities Amid Complex Geopolitical Outlook
By Catherine Putz
A conversation with Temur Umarov about Russia, China, and Central Asia amid the war in Ukraine.
Reclaiming Culture and Identity as a Central Asian Adoptee
By Christopher von Claparede-Niemann
As a generation of Central Asian adoptees enter adulthood in the United States, their personal quests for identity sit side-by-side with discussions of decolonization.
Central Asian Governments React to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
By Colleen Wood
To what extent have religious ties or geopolitical ambitions shaped Central Asian governments’ responses to growing violence in Gaza?
Evolving Narratives in German Foreign Policy Toward Central Asia
By Rustam Kayumov
Germany’s key role is in helping Central Asia reduce its reliance on Russian and Chinese investments and, more significantly, trade.
What Do Central Asia’s Activists Think of the New US Relationship With Their Region?
By Matthew Schaaf
Washington’s current approach sidesteps human rights concerns. Central Asia’s rights defenders and civic activists have suggestions to fix that.
This Week in Asia: September 22, 2023
The Diplomat’s weekly video round-up of Asia news.
What Happened at the First-Ever Central Asia-US Leaders’ Summit?
By Colleen Wood
Biden met with Central Asian presidents on the sidelines of UNGA to discuss security, economic cooperation, and critical minerals.
Central Asian Regionalism After the 5th Leaders’ Meeting
By Filippo Costa Buranelli
Parsing what the consultative meeting in Dushanbe can tell us about the region’s present considerations and future indications.
How the EU Can Contribute to the Green Transition in Central Asia
By Alouddin Komilov
By focusing its efforts on a few key sectors, the EU can strengthen Central Asia’s resilience, prosperity, and regional cooperation.
A Case for Greater US Engagement in Central Asia
By Hunter Stoll
Russian and Chinese influence in the region will never go away. But the United States now has a rare and valuable window of opportunity.
A Journey Through Central Asia’s Shifting Geopolitical Landscape
By Peter Krasnopolsky
As Russia’s position wanes in Central Asia, and China’s waxes, if American interests are to be maintained, Washington has to find ways to tap into the region’s potential.