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Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Foreign Ministers Sign Water, Border Agreements
November 03, 2022

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Foreign Ministers Sign Water, Border Agreements

By Catherine Putz
Despite domestic opposition in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek and Tashkent are moving ahead with their agreements on the Kempir-Abad reservoir.
Germany Eyes Green Hydrogen Potential in Kazakhstan
November 02, 2022

Germany Eyes Green Hydrogen Potential in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
And in Uzbekistan, Berlin sees a rising regional power.

To Withstand Global Shocks, Uzbekistan Needs to Continue Reforms and Build an Inclusive Market Economy
November 01, 2022

To Withstand Global Shocks, Uzbekistan Needs to Continue Reforms and Build an Inclusive Market Economy

By Anna Bjerde
Uzbekistan has made impressive development gains over the past five years by relentlessly pursuing the path of market-oriented reforms. 

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.

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