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Uzbek Weddings in the Time of COVID-19
October 20, 2020

Uzbek Weddings in the Time of COVID-19

By Ezoza Yakvalkhodjieva
The pandemic has managed to do what the Uzbek government hasn’t been able to: temper lavish wedding practices. But will moderation last?

A Real Opportunity for Religion Law Reform in Uzbekistan
October 16, 2020

A Real Opportunity for Religion Law Reform in Uzbekistan

By Knox Thames
Uzbekistan has a real opportunity to cement its significant gains, turn away from its authoritarian past, and reclaim its place as a Central Asian leader. 
Uzbekistan Teams Up With China on Poverty Reduction
October 13, 2020

Uzbekistan Teams Up With China on Poverty Reduction

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent’s quick move to partner with China on poverty reduction indicates that Beijing is now the model for such efforts.

Does Russia Have a Role in the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Project?
October 06, 2020

Does Russia Have a Role in the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Project?

By Umida Hashimova
In September, Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov again mentioned Russia’s participation in the long-delayed project.

Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Response Exposes Tashkent’s Reform Successes and Failures
September 25, 2020

Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Response Exposes Tashkent’s Reform Successes and Failures

By Benjamin Godwin
What does the coronavirus response say about the government’s ability to deliver on its ambitious reform program? 

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?
September 24, 2020

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?

By Catherine Putz
The five leaders foregrounded a range of issues, from the pressing challenge of COVID-19 to vague promises of political reform.

Beyond the Intra-Afghan Talks, Uzbekistan Sees a Bright Future 
September 21, 2020

Beyond the Intra-Afghan Talks, Uzbekistan Sees a Bright Future 

By Umida Hashimova
The promise of peace in Afghanistan opens doors for Uzbekistan. 
Reality Check on Human Rights in Uzbekistan 
September 16, 2020

Reality Check on Human Rights in Uzbekistan 

By Hugh Williamson
Tashkent needs clear goals for a Human Rights Council term.

Swiss-Uzbek Agreement a Step Toward Returning Many Millions to Uzbekistan
September 16, 2020

Swiss-Uzbek Agreement a Step Toward Returning Many Millions to Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Can the Uzbek government ensure that those who participated in Gulnara Karimova’s corruption do not benefit from it once more?

Central Asia’s Refineries Under Scrutiny
September 15, 2020

Central Asia’s Refineries Under Scrutiny

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan's anti-monopoly agency fines the Atyrau refinery; Uzbekistan's Fergana refinery becomes loot for investors. 

Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China
September 08, 2020

Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China

By Umida Hashimova
The economic slowdown in China, a result of the coronavirus pandemic, has affected the gas trade. 
Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 
September 01, 2020

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan opened a major border crossing with Uzbekistan, but will Tashkent let its citizens cross it?

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