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Young People, Social Media, and Urban Transformation of Dushanbe
May 12, 2021

Young People, Social Media, and Urban Transformation of Dushanbe

By Sher Khashimov and Tahmina Inoyatova
In the Tajik capital, young people turn to social media to document and discuss the changing face of the city. 

Are Presidential Elections Putting Mongolian Democracy in Peril?
May 12, 2021

Are Presidential Elections Putting Mongolian Democracy in Peril?

By Bat-Orgil Altankhuyag and Fernando Casal Bértoa
Popular presidential elections can serve to increase fragmentation, weaken political parties, and promote polarization, putting democracy at risk. 
Russian Foreign Minister Finally Responds to Kazakh Sovereignty Worries
May 11, 2021

Russian Foreign Minister Finally Responds to Kazakh Sovereignty Worries

By Alimana Zhanmukanova
Five months after controversial comments regarding Kazakh territory, Lavrov dismisses them as coming from deputies “chasing after sensations.”

Uzbek Blogger Otabek Sattoriy Sentenced to 6.5 Years
May 11, 2021

Uzbek Blogger Otabek Sattoriy Sentenced to 6.5 Years

By Catherine Putz
Otabek Sattoriy, a blogger who often covered local corruption, has been sentenced on charges of extortion and libel.

Kyrgyzstan’s Worrying New Limits on Dissent
May 08, 2021

Kyrgyzstan’s Worrying New Limits on Dissent

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s president continues to sharpen the country’s legal code as a tool to limit dissent.

Vaccinations Progress Slowly in Central Asia
May 07, 2021

Vaccinations Progress Slowly in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
For myriad reasons, vaccination programs in Central Asia are proceeding slowly. Hesitancy is one factor.

US Afghan Envoy Visits Uzbekistan, Tajikistan
May 06, 2021

US Afghan Envoy Visits Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
As the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan begins, some suspect Washington is looking for nearby basing options.
Uzbek Blogger Bazarov Under House Arrest Facing Libel Charges
May 05, 2021

Uzbek Blogger Bazarov Under House Arrest Facing Libel Charges

By Catherine Putz
A month after being brutally beaten, Bazarov was released from the hospital and swiftly charged for insulting his old school in an October 2020 TikTok video.

Explaining the Evolution of Turkmenistan’s Assembly Bodies
May 05, 2021

Explaining the Evolution of Turkmenistan’s Assembly Bodies

By Rustam Muhamedov
Power consolidation and the institutional transformations of Turkmenistan’s assembly bodies.

Violent Clashes at the Troublesome Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border 
May 04, 2021

Violent Clashes at the Troublesome Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border 

By Catherine Putz
Last week’s violence was some of the worst the border has seen, with more than 40 killed. 

Russia, Central Asian States Worry About Instability in Afghanistan
May 03, 2021

Russia, Central Asian States Worry About Instability in Afghanistan

By Umida Hashimova
Military officials in Russia and Central Asia agree to unite efforts as they prepare for a worsening of the situation in Afghanistan. 
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Trade Blame for Cross-border Shelling
April 29, 2021

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Trade Blame for Cross-border Shelling

By Associated Press
Reportedly one Kyrgyz man has been killed in the clashes over a long-unsettled border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

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