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UK Foreign Secretary’s Visit to Central Asia and Mongolia: An Urgent To-Do List    

UK Foreign Secretary’s Visit to Central Asia and Mongolia: An Urgent To-Do List    

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
David Cameron is on a six-nation tour of Central Asia, underscoring the U.K.'s reinvigorated engagement with the region. 

Turkmenistan’s Afghanistan Policy: Balancing Risks and Untapped Opportunities

Turkmenistan’s Afghanistan Policy: Balancing Risks and Untapped Opportunities

By Eldaniz Gusseinov
Ashgabat has a delicate balance to maintain between hewing to its traditional neutrality and mitigating potential threats from Afghanistan. 
Before and After the Crocus City Hall Attack: Tajik Migrants in Russia

Before and After the Crocus City Hall Attack: Tajik Migrants in Russia

By Catherine Putz
An interview with Malika Bahovadinova on the complexities of the Tajik migration experience in Russia.

Live-streamed Murder Trial Reopens Discussion on Domestic Violence in Kazakhstan

Live-streamed Murder Trial Reopens Discussion on Domestic Violence in Kazakhstan

By Mia Tarp Nurmagambetova
No matter what the verdict against Bishimbayev turns out to be, change in relation to domestic violence in Kazakhstan is long overdue. 

How Are Patterns of Labor Migration From Uzbekistan Changing?

How Are Patterns of Labor Migration From Uzbekistan Changing?

By Niginakhon Saida
Following the Crocus City Hall attack and a subsequent wave of xenophobia and discrimination toward migrants in Russia, Tashkent has introduced additional measures to support its labor migrants abroad and at home. 

Open Society Foundations Closes Down Kyrgyzstan Operation

Open Society Foundations Closes Down Kyrgyzstan Operation

By Catherine Putz
In announcing the closure of Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan, the Open Society Foundations cited the new “foreign representatives” law.

Uzbekistan’s Educational Challenge: Scaling up for a Booming Population

Uzbekistan’s Educational Challenge: Scaling up for a Booming Population

By Niginakhon Saida and Sher Khashimov
Can Uzbekistan’s education system accommodate the growing number of students amid rapid population growth?
Kyrgyzstan Adopts Law Targeting Foreign-Funded NGOs

Kyrgyzstan Adopts Law Targeting Foreign-Funded NGOs

By Colleen Wood
The restrictive law was first proposed 10 years ago. How could it affect Kyrgyz society now that it’s been passed?

What Repercussions Are Tajiks Facing After the Moscow Terror Attack?

What Repercussions Are Tajiks Facing After the Moscow Terror Attack?

By Alex Little
While Tajiks in Russia have and will likely continue to face mistreatment and repression, this is not their first time weathering such a storm. 

Detained Kyrgyz Journalist Alleges Abuse by Guards

Detained Kyrgyz Journalist Alleges Abuse by Guards

By Catherine Putz
Ombudsman representatives confirmed Makhabat Tajibek kyzy was bruised from an apparent beating, but detention center staff would not allow them to document it. 

Uzbekistan Aims to Allow Private Medical Institutions to Deliver Babies

Uzbekistan Aims to Allow Private Medical Institutions to Deliver Babies

By Niginakhon Saida
Child delivery and abortion are among the very few medical procedures that are exclusively conducted by state medical entities. That could change soon.
What Can Be Done to Boost Indonesia-Central Asia Relations?

What Can Be Done to Boost Indonesia-Central Asia Relations?

By Jeniar Nelsus Mooy
Distance and weak connectivity are major challenges, but there is the potential for a stronger partnership that would benefit the two regions' people and business communities.

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