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No, Uzbekistan Isn’t Assembling Iranian Drones for Russia
October 27, 2022

No, Uzbekistan Isn’t Assembling Iranian Drones for Russia

By Catherine Putz
There’s no evidence that Uzbekistan is assembling Iranian drones for Russia to use in Ukraine, but Tashkent’s firm retort to the suggestion underscores its difficult geopolitical position. 
For Sale: Uzbek Babies, Never Parented.
October 26, 2022

For Sale: Uzbek Babies, Never Parented.

By Niginakhon Saida
“Shame” culture and poverty are forcing some Uzbek women to sell their newborns for pennies and purity.

Russia’s War in Ukraine and Its Impact on Central Asia
October 24, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine and Its Impact on Central Asia

By Yunis Sharifli, Chia-Lin Kao , and Bermet Derbishova
The war’s negative impacts on regional economies outweigh any incidental benefits, and Central Asians know it.

To Deepen Relations With Uzbekistan, Turkey Leans on Cultural Appeal
October 21, 2022

To Deepen Relations With Uzbekistan, Turkey Leans on Cultural Appeal

By Niginakhon Saida
Amid a rapid rapprochement, Ankara has relied on soft power in Uzbekistan by strengthening cultural ties in language and education opportunities. But is it enough?

What Is Happening With Sovereign Debt in Central Asia?
October 14, 2022

What Is Happening With Sovereign Debt in Central Asia?

By Djoomart Kaipovich Otorbaev
Since the early 2000s the Central Asian republics have largely kept their debt levels stable.
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.

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