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Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility
January 23, 2020

Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility

By Catherine Putz
Nafosat Olloshkurova's decision to leave Uzbekistan reflects just how far the state has yet to go with its reforms, particularly regarding free speech.

Why an Iran-US Conflict Would Be a Disaster for Uzbekistan
January 14, 2020

Why an Iran-US Conflict Would Be a Disaster for Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent’s aims to diversify its transportation routes, a necessity for the double-landlocked state, rest largely on Iran.
All Gulnara’s Things: Karimov’s Daughter Again on Trial
January 14, 2020

All Gulnara’s Things: Karimov’s Daughter Again on Trial

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, Uzbek officials are reportedly searching Karimova’s Swiss mansion for stolen treasures.

Uzbekistan Reportedly Completes Demining Work on Tajik Border
January 10, 2020

Uzbekistan Reportedly Completes Demining Work on Tajik Border

By Catherine Putz
The Uzbek and Tajik sides have also moved on to demarcating their border, after extensive delimitation talks.

Secret Trial Hands Ex-Uzbek Diplomat Sentence for Treason
January 09, 2020

Secret Trial Hands Ex-Uzbek Diplomat Sentence for Treason

By Catherine Putz
The unfolding of Yusupov's case stands in direct contrast with the Uzbek government’s professions of progress and reform.

Reform in Uzbekistan: An Interview with Farkhod Tolipov
January 08, 2020

Reform in Uzbekistan: An Interview with Farkhod Tolipov

By Catherine Putz
With Uzbek politics in the news, an Uzbek political analyst reflects on the evolution of the countrys’ political and party systems.

Final Tally on Uzbekistan’s New Parliament: A 2014 Repeat?
January 07, 2020

Final Tally on Uzbekistan’s New Parliament: A 2014 Repeat?

By Catherine Putz
By the numbers, Uzbekistan's new parliament is very much like the previous one.
What to Expect from US Secretary of State Pompeo’s Upcoming Visit to Central Asia
December 31, 2019

What to Expect from US Secretary of State Pompeo’s Upcoming Visit to Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
After visits to Ukraine and Belarus early in the new year, Pompeo will touch down in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List
December 30, 2019

Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan's Khorazm dance, Kyrgyzstan's kalpak, and Turkmenistan's carpets all notched spots on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Of Concerns and Waivers: Religious Freedom and US Interests in Central Asia
December 27, 2019

Of Concerns and Waivers: Religious Freedom and US Interests in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were once again designated as  “Countries of Particular Concern” for violations of religious freedom.

After a Smooth Election, Real Challenges Still Ahead for Uzbekistan
December 23, 2019

After a Smooth Election, Real Challenges Still Ahead for Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Some voters in Tashkent have high hopes while others are more cynical that the flashy election will result in a new kind of politics.
Uzbekistan Gears Up For Parliamentary Elections Like Never Before
December 21, 2019

Uzbekistan Gears Up For Parliamentary Elections Like Never Before

By Catherine Putz
The polls, without any opposition or independent candidates, won't be completely free and fair. But they are a step forward.

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