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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.

What Explains Tajikistan’s Evolving Position on Afghan Refugees?
September 22, 2021

What Explains Tajikistan’s Evolving Position on Afghan Refugees?

By Umida Hashimova
In late July, a Tajik official said the country had the capacity to accept 100,000 Afghan refugees. Since then, Dushanbe has fallen into the broader, anti-refugee Central Asian line.
Iran’s Membership Raises the SCO’s Profile – and Expectations
September 21, 2021

Iran’s Membership Raises the SCO’s Profile – and Expectations

By Ovigwe Eguegu and Javairyah Kulthum Aatif
After adding Tehran to its ranks, the SCO will face its biggest test yet: maintaining stability in Afghanistan.  

Kazakhstan’s Cryptocurrency Mining Grows Despite Emissions Worries
September 15, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Cryptocurrency Mining Grows Despite Emissions Worries

By Paolo Sorbello
The increased energy demand could be met by a long-awaited nuclear power plant. 

Ahead of Kyrgyz Parliamentary Elections, Elections Official Arrested on Fraud Charges
September 14, 2021

Ahead of Kyrgyz Parliamentary Elections, Elections Official Arrested on Fraud Charges

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan will finally hold parliamentary elections in late November, more than a year after a botched election spun the country into political turmoil.

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. 
UN Mission to Afghanistan Relocates to Kazakhstan
September 11, 2021

UN Mission to Afghanistan Relocates to Kazakhstan

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
As the world adapts to a “new” Afghanistan, there is much work to be done to help Afghans in need. From its temporary base in Almaty, UNAMA will continue to work toward this goal.

‘Great Game’ Redux in Afghanistan?
September 08, 2021

‘Great Game’ Redux in Afghanistan?

By Danil Bochkov
As China and Russia align their positions in Afghanistan, the West looks on suspiciously.

Kyrgyzstan Effectively Suspends Visas for Pakistan, India Amid Afghanistan Stress
September 07, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Effectively Suspends Visas for Pakistan, India Amid Afghanistan Stress

By Catherine Putz
A pandemic-related influx of Pakistani and other South Asian travelers mixed with Afghanistan worries to produce a xenophobic backlash on social media.

Why Is Iran So Keen on Joining the SCO?
September 07, 2021

Why Is Iran So Keen on Joining the SCO?

By Fardin Eftekhari
Iran’s full membership in the Shanghai Corporation Organization has become a perceived necessity for Tehran’s foreign policy goals. But will it actually help?
The Barriers to China-Iran Military Diplomacy
September 03, 2021

The Barriers to China-Iran Military Diplomacy

By Masoud Rezaei
An Iranian perspective on how far China and Iran can take their defense ties.

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