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Taliban’s Diplomatic Presence Growing in Central Asia
March 29, 2023

Taliban’s Diplomatic Presence Growing in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban have gained access to some of the erstwhile Afghan Republic's embassies and consulates in Central Asia. The consulate in Tajikistan's Khorog may be the latest.

Tackling Central Asia’s Remaining Development Challenges
March 29, 2023

Tackling Central Asia’s Remaining Development Challenges

By Evgeny Vinokurov and Anton Malakhov
The region needs to overcome four key structural challenges: lack of access to the sea, low level of development of the financial sector, lack of water and energy coordination, and climate change.
India-Pakistan Tensions Flare Up Within SCO
March 29, 2023

India-Pakistan Tensions Flare Up Within SCO

By Catherine Putz
All eyes are on a series of critical meetings hosted by India in the lead up to the planned SCO Summit in July.

Turkmenistan Votes for New, Opposition-free Parliament
March 28, 2023

Turkmenistan Votes for New, Opposition-free Parliament

By Associated Press
All of the candidates support President Serdar Berdymuhamedov and his father, Gurbanguly.

New Hopes for Old Projects? China Gears Up Rail Efforts With Kazakhstan
March 27, 2023

New Hopes for Old Projects? China Gears Up Rail Efforts With Kazakhstan

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
China seeks easier trade access to European markets by developing its rail network with Kazakhstan and trialing the Middle Corridor.

Hopes for Renewal Disappointed Again in Kazakhstan
March 27, 2023

Hopes for Renewal Disappointed Again in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Political manipulations stripped the people of the choice they were promised in Kazakhstan’s latest parliamentary election.

Low Turnout and a Victory for Kazakhstan’s Ruling Party in Parliamentary Polls
March 21, 2023

Low Turnout and a Victory for Kazakhstan’s Ruling Party in Parliamentary Polls

By Catherine Putz
Despite hundreds of independent self-nominated candidates, Kazakhstan’s new parliament will much resemble its former self.
Joyful and Angry: A Feminist Demonstration in Kazakhstan
March 16, 2023

Joyful and Angry: A Feminist Demonstration in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
Pressured not to hold a march, feminist groups in Almaty gathered in their hundreds for a rally anyway.

Kazakhstan Impounds Property of Roscosmos Subsidiary
March 16, 2023

Kazakhstan Impounds Property of Roscosmos Subsidiary

By Catherine Putz
A debt dispute sits atop a host of other political risks, inserting uncertainty into operations at the important Baikonur spaceport.

Another Uzbek Killed in Ukraine 
March 14, 2023

Another Uzbek Killed in Ukraine 

By Niginakhon Saida
Uzbek migrant workers in Russia, and those serving time in Russian prisons, are particularly vulnerable to recruitment into the Russian military.

The Aura of Governance in Turkmenistan
March 14, 2023

The Aura of Governance in Turkmenistan

By Victoria Clement
A year after assuming the presidency, Serdar Berdimuhamedov lives even deeper in the shadow of his father.
Kazakhstan’s General Shuffle: Tracing Tokayev’s Military Personnel Changes
March 14, 2023

Kazakhstan’s General Shuffle: Tracing Tokayev’s Military Personnel Changes

By Francisco Olmos
In the wake of Qandy Qantar, Kazakh President Tokayev shook up the military brass. Where do things stand now?

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