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China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19
August 03, 2020

China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19

By Umida Hashimova
Why is China rushing to comment on domestic COVID-19 developments in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan?

Will Kyrgyzstan Postpone Its October Parliamentary Polls?
July 30, 2020

Will Kyrgyzstan Postpone Its October Parliamentary Polls?

By Ilgiz Kambarov
A date is set, but Kyrgyz citizens have serious concerns about the safety of holding an election amid a pandemic spinning out of control.
Post-COVID, China Set to Gain in Central Asia
July 29, 2020

Post-COVID, China Set to Gain in Central Asia

By Aleksey Asiryan
Beijing is well positioned to continue growing its influence in Central Asia, though some challenges remain ahead.

COVID-19, Hot Winds, or Dust? Turkmenistan Lashes out Over Tajik Weather Report
July 29, 2020

COVID-19, Hot Winds, or Dust? Turkmenistan Lashes out Over Tajik Weather Report

By Catherine Putz
The hottest air is coming from the Turkmen government, paranoid about admitting COVID-19 is in the country.

Volunteers to the Rescue as Virus Rages in Kyrgyzstan
July 28, 2020

Volunteers to the Rescue as Virus Rages in Kyrgyzstan

By Daria Litvinova
As Kyrgyzstan’s health system collapsed, ordinary people stepped up to help.

The Tragedy of Azimjon Askarov
July 27, 2020

The Tragedy of Azimjon Askarov

By Catherine Putz
Askarov’s story illustrates just how broken Kyrgyzstan’s entire system is. 

Under COVID-19, Domestic Violence Intensifies in Kazakhstan 
July 24, 2020

Under COVID-19, Domestic Violence Intensifies in Kazakhstan 

By Assem Almukhanbetkyzy and Kristi Eaton
As has been observed elsewhere in the world, quarantines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a spike in domestic violence incidents.
How Data Doomed Central Asia’s COVID-19 Responses
July 22, 2020

How Data Doomed Central Asia’s COVID-19 Responses

By Catherine Putz
As the saying goes, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan: National Unity and Frustration 
July 21, 2020

COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan: National Unity and Frustration 

By Aruuke Uran Kyzy
Amid the pandemic, Kyrgyz are finding grassroots unity but also sharing widespread frustration with the government. 

China Launches 5+1 Format Meetings With Central Asia
July 20, 2020

China Launches 5+1 Format Meetings With Central Asia

By Umida Hashimova
The format marks an expansion of China’s role in the region and a signal of its readiness to compete for influence.

Kazakhstani Blue Helmets in Lebanon
July 15, 2020

Kazakhstani Blue Helmets in Lebanon

By Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
Exploring Kazakhstan’s contribution to the UN Peacekeeping force in Lebanon, a landmark for the Central Asian state.
Kristian Lasslett on Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters Conundrum 
July 14, 2020

Kristian Lasslett on Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters Conundrum 

By Catherine Putz
Privatization of the cotton sector “is in itself no silver bullet solution” for the problems of corruption and forced labor. 

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