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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?
Did Uzbekistan and Russia Just Have Their First (Limited) Food War?
January 04, 2021

Did Uzbekistan and Russia Just Have Their First (Limited) Food War?

By Umida Hashimova
Tomato pests, quickly forgotten, suggest the brief ban on some Uzbek imports was of a political nature.

There Won’t be Political Reform in Uzbekistan. Here’s Why
December 22, 2020

There Won’t be Political Reform in Uzbekistan. Here’s Why

By Dilmira Matyakubowa
Genuine reform takes place not through quashing free thinkers and critics but in encouraging and even embracing them. 

Uzbekistan Hedging Vaccine Bets with Russian Purchase
December 21, 2020

Uzbekistan Hedging Vaccine Bets with Russian Purchase

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan launches trials of a Chinese vaccine, but purchases Russian vaccine.

India-Iran-Uzbekistan Pursue Central Asian Connectivity
December 18, 2020

India-Iran-Uzbekistan Pursue Central Asian Connectivity

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The Iranian port of Chabahar has the potential to shift some of the regional dynamics in India’s favor. 

Can Uzbekistan Stay on Track in Improving its Human Rights Record?
December 17, 2020

Can Uzbekistan Stay on Track in Improving its Human Rights Record?

By Nodirjon Kirgizbaev
Uzbekistan undoubtedly needs to continue implementing recent initiated reforms, but its progress is promising.
Checking in on Uzbekistan’s Political Progress in 2020: An Interview With Farkhod Tolipov
December 15, 2020

Checking in on Uzbekistan’s Political Progress in 2020: An Interview With Farkhod Tolipov

By Catherine Putz
"Despite obvious advancement in reforms in various spheres, one direction of reforms remains very slow: it is the sphere of political reforms."

Eliminating Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector – A Work Still in Progress
December 15, 2020

Eliminating Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector – A Work Still in Progress

By Umida Niyazova
Uzbekistan has made enormous progress in eliminating forced labor, but has yet to fully eradicate it.

Uzbekistan Joins Online Eurasian Economic Union Meeting as an Observer
December 14, 2020

Uzbekistan Joins Online Eurasian Economic Union Meeting as an Observer

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent's observer status does not earn it any of the benefits President Shavkat Mirziyoyev heralded in his remarks, but full membership appears to be the goal.

Petition Filed With UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on Behalf of Kadyr Yusupov
December 11, 2020

Petition Filed With UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on Behalf of Kadyr Yusupov

By Catherine Putz
Yusupov, a former Uzbek diplomat, was convicted of treason in a closed trial after making a confession under pressure following a suicide attempt.
Uzbek Media Outlet Pushes Back on Government Pressure
December 01, 2020

Uzbek Media Outlet Pushes Back on Government Pressure

By Catherine Putz
In their post addressing the communication agency's letter, Kun.uz said it “gave off an air of the ‘old’ Uzbekistan.”

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