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Navigating Between Academia and Activism in Central Asia
October 17, 2019

Navigating Between Academia and Activism in Central Asia

By Colleen Wood
Human dignity and scholarly integrity are critical when it comes to researching and intervening in human rights activism.

Central Asia’s Russian Migration Puzzle
October 11, 2019

Central Asia’s Russian Migration Puzzle

By Khamza Sharifzoda
An interview with Caress Schenk.
Untangling Webs of Corruption: Trafficking and Terrorism in Central Asia
October 09, 2019

Untangling Webs of Corruption: Trafficking and Terrorism in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Interview with Mariya Y. Omelicheva and Lawrence P. Markowitz.

Why Is Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Central Asia?
October 08, 2019

Why Is Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Central Asia?

By Aruuke Uran Kyzy
Central Asia could become a spoiler for all of Beijing’s big Belt and Road ambitions.

Not So Fast: Will Uzbekistan Join the Eurasian Economic Union?
October 07, 2019

Not So Fast: Will Uzbekistan Join the Eurasian Economic Union?

By Umida Hashimova
In Russian framing, the Uzbek decision to join the EAEU has already been made. But Tashkent is still exploring its options.

At the UN and at Home, Tokayev Represents Continuity
October 04, 2019

At the UN and at Home, Tokayev Represents Continuity

By Ian J. Lynch
Tokayev spoke at the UN of the need for a “profound political transformation” in Kazakhstan. But to date, his leadership has represented continuity.

Uzbek Official Reprimanded by Senate for Rude Remarks on Beards and Hijabs
October 03, 2019

Uzbek Official Reprimanded by Senate for Rude Remarks on Beards and Hijabs

By Catherine Putz
Shuhrat Ghaniev, governor of Fergana and a senator, was rebuked by the Senate for an ethics violation.
The Khorgos Hype on the Belt and Road
September 27, 2019

The Khorgos Hype on the Belt and Road

By Henry Ruehl
Despite lofty ambitions, Khorgos is less transformative than its proponents believe – and yet it does illustrate some of the promise of the BRI.

Is Regional Cooperation in Central Asia All About Stability?
September 27, 2019

Is Regional Cooperation in Central Asia All About Stability?

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasized stability in a talk about regional cooperation.

On the Edge at the Roof of Eurasia: Counternarcotics’ Tajikistan Problem
September 25, 2019

On the Edge at the Roof of Eurasia: Counternarcotics’ Tajikistan Problem

By Ian Wallace
Militarized counternarcotics assistance to Tajikistan is akin to throwing money into a blazing fire.

Uzbekistan Joins the Turkic Council
September 23, 2019

Uzbekistan Joins the Turkic Council

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent joins a regional organization for the first time in 13 years. 
Kyrgyzstan’s Zere Asylbek Back With a Moody Political Track
September 16, 2019

Kyrgyzstan’s Zere Asylbek Back With a Moody Political Track

By Colleen Wood
Zere Asylbek’s new single pushes Kyrgyz society to get over its political apathy.

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