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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.

Nations in Transit: Central Asia Remains Locked in Consolidated Authoritarianism
April 28, 2021

Nations in Transit: Central Asia Remains Locked in Consolidated Authoritarianism

By Catherine Putz
Another bad year for democracy across the former Soviet Union, with Kyrgyzstan slipping further into authoritarianism too. 
India-Kyrgyzstan Hold Bilateral Military Exercise Khanjar
April 28, 2021

India-Kyrgyzstan Hold Bilateral Military Exercise Khanjar

By Catherine Putz
Special forces troops from India and Kyrgyzstan started a two-week exercise outside Bishkek on April 16.

What Tajik Gold Smuggling Bust Tells Us About Afghanistan
April 27, 2021

What Tajik Gold Smuggling Bust Tells Us About Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
As uncertainty persists in Afghanistan, some will seek to smuggle cash and gold out via Central Asia.

US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Nominated for Higher-level State Department Position
April 27, 2021

US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Nominated for Higher-level State Department Position

By Catherine Putz
Biden has nominated U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Donald Lu for assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia.

Kazakhstan Moves Toward Ban on Sale, Rental of Agricultural Lands by Foreigners
April 26, 2021

Kazakhstan Moves Toward Ban on Sale, Rental of Agricultural Lands by Foreigners

By Catherine Putz
Five years after massive protests against changes to the land code, land remains a sensitive topic in Kazakhstan.
Is Northern Kazakhstan at Risk to Russia?
April 23, 2021

Is Northern Kazakhstan at Risk to Russia?

By Alimana Zhanmukanova
The “Russian Question” has always alarmed Kazakhstan’s leaders and riled up nationalists.

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