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Quiet Presidential Campaign Nearly Over in Uzbekistan
October 19, 2021

Quiet Presidential Campaign Nearly Over in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan's election is set for October 24.

Russia’s Dependence on Cheap Central Asian Labor Exposed
October 18, 2021

Russia’s Dependence on Cheap Central Asian Labor Exposed

By Umida Hashimova
Administrative punishments against Central Asian labor migrants and COVID-19 restrictions reveal the vulnerabilities of Russia’s labor market.
Who Are Uzbekistan’s Remaining Religious Prisoners?
October 14, 2021

Who Are Uzbekistan’s Remaining Religious Prisoners?

By Catherine Putz
Despite thousands reportedly released since 2016, an estimated 2,000 remain jailed in Uzbekistan for political and religious reasons.

Will the Taliban’s Takeover Inspire Central Asian Extremists?
October 12, 2021

Will the Taliban’s Takeover Inspire Central Asian Extremists?

By Umida Hashimova
Central Asian governments seem more sensitive to domestic and regional threats possibly invigorated by the Taliban’s rise to power.

Afghanistan Can’t Pay Its Electricity Bills
October 07, 2021

Afghanistan Can’t Pay Its Electricity Bills

By Catherine Putz
Afghanistan imports a majority of its electricity supplies, and the bills have not been paid.

How Do Central Asians View the Taliban?
October 05, 2021

How Do Central Asians View the Taliban?

By Catherine Putz
Phone survey work in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in August and September underscores general discomfort with the topic of Afghanistan.

Report: Putin Suggested US Use Russian Bases in Central Asia
September 28, 2021

Report: Putin Suggested US Use Russian Bases in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
A new Wall Street Journal report suggests that Putin offered Russian bases for the U.S. to use to monitor Afghanistan. It’s not at all clear if the offer was genuine. 
A Look at Punitive Psychiatric Detention in Uzbekistan
September 22, 2021

A Look at Punitive Psychiatric Detention in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
A new report catalogues the use of forced psychiatric detention to repress human rights activists in Uzbekistan, laying out the cases of six individual to illustrate the abusive practice.

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Take Different Approaches to Afghanistan
September 13, 2021

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Take Different Approaches to Afghanistan

By Umida Hashimova
In dealing with the situation in Afghanistan, Dushanbe and Tashkent have taken different approaches toward dealing with a Taliban-ruled country.

What’s Next for Afghan Pilots Who Escaped to Central Asia?
September 13, 2021

What’s Next for Afghan Pilots Who Escaped to Central Asia?

By Catherine Putz
With Uzbekistan under pressure, those who landed in Termez are being moved to the UAE. Those in Tajikistan are waiting. 

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Hedge on Afghan Refugees
August 31, 2021

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Hedge on Afghan Refugees

By Catherine Putz
Both countries have been willing to take some Afghan refugees in, but only temporarily. 
Afghan Forces Flee, Fly, to Central Asia
August 17, 2021

Afghan Forces Flee, Fly, to Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How will Central Asian states handle Afghan government forces that have fled as the Taliban take control in Kabul?

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