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The West Is Laser-Focused on Central Asia’s Middle Corridor. So Is China.

The West Is Laser-Focused on Central Asia’s Middle Corridor. So Is China.

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
For more commodities to move west from Central Asia, better infrastructure, more inter-agency cooperation, and modern customs systems are necessary. 

Uzbekistan: From Shared Taxis to Ridesharing

Uzbekistan: From Shared Taxis to Ridesharing

By Haley Zehrung
Uzbeks and foreigners alike can benefit from the modernization of transport options across Uzbekistan, encompassed by the growth of ride-hailing apps. But some areas are being left behind.
How Central Asia Approaches Repatriation and Reintegration From Middle East War Zones

How Central Asia Approaches Repatriation and Reintegration From Middle East War Zones

By Alouddin Komilov
Central Asian nations have seized the initiative, emerging as worldwide pioneers in tackling the challenge of repatriating and reintegrating citizens who traveled to Iraq and Syria.

In Kyrgyzstan, Kempir-Abad Case Ends in Acquittal

In Kyrgyzstan, Kempir-Abad Case Ends in Acquittal

By Catherine Putz
The court acquitted most of the defendants in a case that began with the mass arrest of more than 20 politicians and activists opposed to a border deal with Uzbekistan in October 2022.

South Korean President Yoon Sweeping Through Central Asia

South Korean President Yoon Sweeping Through Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Yoon follows in the footsteps of his two predecessors in traveling to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan this week. 

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

Keeping Kyrgyz Journalism Afloat While the Island of Democracy Sinks

Keeping Kyrgyz Journalism Afloat While the Island of Democracy Sinks

By Aigerim Turgunbaeva and Sher Khashimov
“One way or another, our journalists will do what matters.” 

Corruption Issues Loom Large as Mongolia Prepares to Vote

Corruption Issues Loom Large as Mongolia Prepares to Vote

By Michael Kohn
The ruling MPP has the advantage in polling, but domestic grievances could help opposition parties gain seats.
Could Iran be a Gateway for Central Asia?

Could Iran be a Gateway for Central Asia?

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
Connecting with Iran may be tempting for Central Asian countries like Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, but increased relations with Tehran may ultimately be counterproductive.

India in the Caucasus and Central Asia: The Giant Next Door

India in the Caucasus and Central Asia: The Giant Next Door

By Oleg Abdurashitov and Eldaniz Gusseinov
The shift from a security-focused engagement to broader cooperation with the Caucasus and Central Asian states underscores India’s pursuit of strategic depth.

Imams in Uzbekistan Asked to Stay off Social Media

Imams in Uzbekistan Asked to Stay off Social Media

By Niginakhon Saida
Uzbek imams and religious bloggers occupy an influential space online in Uzbekistan.

Does the Sanctioned Daughter of the Kremlin’s Press Chief Have a Kazakh Bank Account?

Does the Sanctioned Daughter of the Kremlin’s Press Chief Have a Kazakh Bank Account?

By Catherine Putz
A recent report suggests that Elizaveta Peskova may have registered for an individual identification number in Kazakhstan -- that in turn may have enabled her to access the Kazakh banking system.
Kazakh President Explains Decision to Take Taliban off Terrorist List

Kazakh President Explains Decision to Take Taliban off Terrorist List

By Catherine Putz
The decision was announced back in December, but recently Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev remarked that it was made with “the understanding that this regime is a long-term factor.”

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