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Uzbek Journalist Detained in Kyrgyzstan at Tashkent’s Request
August 12, 2020

Uzbek Journalist Detained in Kyrgyzstan at Tashkent’s Request

By Catherine Putz
In 2018, Bobomurod Abdullaev walked out of jail in Uzbekistan after a surprising conclusion to a case levied against him by the state. New charges could mark a step backward.

Corruption and the Fruits of Kleptocracy: The Saga of the Karimova Sisters Continues
August 11, 2020

Corruption and the Fruits of Kleptocracy: The Saga of the Karimova Sisters Continues

By Ian J. Lynch
For every international pariah like Gulnara Karimova, there are far more kleptocrats who remain free and able to indulge in the high life.
Will Tajikistan Ever Join the Eurasian Economic Union?
August 10, 2020

Will Tajikistan Ever Join the Eurasian Economic Union?

By Umida Hashimova
If Uzbekistan enters the EAEU, Tajikistan will have little choice but to follow.

China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19
August 03, 2020

China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19

By Umida Hashimova
Why is China rushing to comment on domestic COVID-19 developments in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan?

Kristian Lasslett on Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters Conundrum 
July 14, 2020

Kristian Lasslett on Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters Conundrum 

By Catherine Putz
Privatization of the cotton sector “is in itself no silver bullet solution” for the problems of corruption and forced labor. 

Why It Matters That Uzbekistan’s President Endorsed Russia’s Referendum
July 13, 2020

Why It Matters That Uzbekistan’s President Endorsed Russia’s Referendum

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbek President Mirziyoyev endorsed constitutional changes in Russia that will likely keep Putin in power for years to come, with serious implications for Central Asia.

Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform
July 09, 2020

Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform

By Nadine Maenza and Nury Turkel
Tashkent has made progress on the path toward greater religious freedom, but must remain vigilant to protect the gains it has made and continue to actively push forward.
Uzbekistan Announces Second COVID-19 Lockdown
July 09, 2020

Uzbekistan Announces Second COVID-19 Lockdown

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan is following Kazakhstan back into a second COVID-19 lockdown.

Assessing Corporate Integrity in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters
July 01, 2020

Assessing Corporate Integrity in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters

By Catherine Putz
The landmark privatization scheme took cotton out of the government’s direct hands and placed it in private “clusters” -- but not without significant risks.

Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’
June 26, 2020

Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’

By Catherine Putz
Laws put in place to support the fight against COVID-19 by targeting false information are easily abused to crack down on negative opinions and dissent.

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor Stretches Further Into China
June 22, 2020

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor Stretches Further Into China

By Umida Hashimova
The transport corridor is in use and has great potential, but the middle section through Kyrgyzstan still transports cargo via trucks and not railcars.
Despite Observer Choice, Uzbek Officials Sell Benefits of Full Eurasian Economic Union Membership
June 08, 2020

Despite Observer Choice, Uzbek Officials Sell Benefits of Full Eurasian Economic Union Membership

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan is joining the union as an an observer, but its officials have been promising the benefits of a full member.

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