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Final Hurdles to Settling the Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border: Local Opposition
October 05, 2022

Final Hurdles to Settling the Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border: Local Opposition

By Catherine Putz
Outside the Kyrgyz president's recent meeting with residents in Uzgen, villagers reportedly held signs reading “It is better to give life than land!”

Are Central Asians Being Conscripted by Russia to Fight in Ukraine?
October 04, 2022

Are Central Asians Being Conscripted by Russia to Fight in Ukraine?

By Catherine Putz
Moscow denies that Central Asians are being conscripted into the Russian military, but the risk is real.
Economic Resilience in Central Asia Amid Russian War in Ukraine
October 03, 2022

Economic Resilience in Central Asia Amid Russian War in Ukraine

By Catherine Putz
On the back of high remittances and oil and gas revenues, the outlook for Central Asia’s economies has improved. But it’s not all good news.

China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Move Railway Plans Forward With Agreement at SCO
September 26, 2022

China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Move Railway Plans Forward With Agreement at SCO

By Catherine Putz
Under the September 14 agreement, the three parties will jointly fund a feasibility study of a proposed route through Kyrgyzstan necessary to bring the CKU Railway into being.

As Russia Mobilizes, Central Asian Embassies Warn Citizens Against Joining a Foreign War
September 22, 2022

As Russia Mobilizes, Central Asian Embassies Warn Citizens Against Joining a Foreign War

By Catherine Putz
The risks of Central Asian migrant workers being pressured into joining Russia’s war effort have intensified in tandem with Moscow’s desperation.

Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan: Still Space for Reform
September 20, 2022

Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan: Still Space for Reform

By Catherine Putz
Despite some promising progress, USCIRF Chair Nury Turkel says Uzbekistan continues to severely restrict religious freedoms.

What Does Xi Jinping’s Visit Tell Us About China’s Relationship with Central Asia?
September 15, 2022

What Does Xi Jinping’s Visit Tell Us About China’s Relationship with Central Asia?

By Brian Wong and Iskander Akylbayev
While the meeting with Putin stole headlines, Xi’s trips to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are about far more than Russia.
Uzbekistan’s Looted Museums and Forged Artifacts
September 15, 2022

Uzbekistan’s Looted Museums and Forged Artifacts

By Niginakhon Saida
As New Uzbekistan aims to attract more tourists, local museums are finally receiving long-due attention, including in regard to stolen artifacts.

‘Russia Is a Threat, Not a Friend’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Warns Central Asia
September 08, 2022

‘Russia Is a Threat, Not a Friend’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Warns Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
In a press conference with Central Asian media outlets, the Ukrainian foreign minister urged the region: “don’t let Russia use you.”

In Karakalpakstan, Mirziyoyev Oversees Selection of New Regional Leader
August 29, 2022

In Karakalpakstan, Mirziyoyev Oversees Selection of New Regional Leader

By Catherine Putz
The Uzbek president scolded regional leaders for failing to address the problems of the people and laid out further investments to address economic problems.

New Regulations in Uzbekistan Effectively Impose Government Control on NGOs
August 26, 2022

New Regulations in Uzbekistan Effectively Impose Government Control on NGOs

By Umida Niyazova and Lynn Schweisfurth
Will international donors legitimize Uzbekistan’s tightening grip on civil society?
Islamic State Khorasan’s Expanded Vision in South and Central Asia
August 26, 2022

Islamic State Khorasan’s Expanded Vision in South and Central Asia

By Lucas Webber and Riccardo Valle
The expansion of ISKP propaganda outreach, recruitment, and fundraising efforts may have significant security implications for countries in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and possibly beyond. 

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