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Russia-Ukraine War: Implications for Asian Geoeconomics
July 02, 2022

Russia-Ukraine War: Implications for Asian Geoeconomics

By Ali Ahmadi
As the war and resulting sanctions redraw trade maps in Asia, Iran stands to be the primary beneficiary.

The Revival of Islam in Turkmenistan
June 30, 2022

The Revival of Islam in Turkmenistan

By Merdan Amanov
Although Islam has been a part of Turkmen culture for centuries, public practice of Islam was largely suppressed during the Soviet Union and in the early independence era, too.
The Complexity of Kazakhstan-Russia Relations on Display
June 30, 2022

The Complexity of Kazakhstan-Russia Relations on Display

By Aliya Askar
What did Kazakh President Tokayev’s recent statements in Russia actually mean? 

Uzbek Company Falls Afoul of Russia Sanctions 
June 30, 2022

Uzbek Company Falls Afoul of Russia Sanctions 

By Catherine Putz
In listing an Uzbekistan-based company, the U.S. State Department has a warning: “If you do business with sanctioned entities or individuals, you risk exposure to sanctions.”

Russia’s Putin Makes First Trip Abroad Since Invasion, to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
June 29, 2022

Russia’s Putin Makes First Trip Abroad Since Invasion, to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The warm welcome in Dushanbe and meetings around the Caspian table in Ashgabat were a chance for Putin to reaffirm his network of partners at a critical moment.

Tajikistan Lifts Internet Block on GBAO. What’s Next?
June 29, 2022

Tajikistan Lifts Internet Block on GBAO. What’s Next?

By Catherine Putz
As with previous rounds of unrest and crackdown in GBAO, the core issues remain unresolved.

Constitutional Changes Ahead for Uzbekistan
June 28, 2022

Constitutional Changes Ahead for Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Mirziyoyev looks set to follow in his predecessor's footsteps, tinkering with the constitution to stay in power indefinitely.
Busy Times in Iran-Central Asia Relations
June 24, 2022

Busy Times in Iran-Central Asia Relations

By Francisco Olmos
Despite past tensions, the security and economic ties between the two regions have strengthened over the past year.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s Economic Legacy
June 23, 2022

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s Economic Legacy

By Merdan Amanov
What was the state of the Turkmen economy during Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov’s presidency?

A Cycle of Perpetual Violence for the Women of Uzbekistan
June 22, 2022

A Cycle of Perpetual Violence for the Women of Uzbekistan

By Niginakhon bintu Saida
Domestic violence has traditionally been viewed as a “family matter” in Uzbekistan, but the power dynamics are starting to change.

Central Asia’s Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women
June 16, 2022

Central Asia’s Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women

By Niginakhon Uralova and Svetlana Dzardanova
Restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 inadvertently sparked a rise in violence against women and girls in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Tokayev Downplays January CSTO Deployment to Kazakhstan
June 15, 2022

Tokayev Downplays January CSTO Deployment to Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
In a recent interview, the Kazakh president again pushed back against those in Russia who say Moscow "saved" Kazakhstan in January.

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