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The China-Iran Strategic Partnership: 40 Years in the Making
December 04, 2021

The China-Iran Strategic Partnership: 40 Years in the Making

By Satgin Hamrah and Alexander Eliasen
The Iran-Iraq war kickstarted the China-Iran partnership. Understanding that history provides valuable context for the relationship today.

Mob Accosts Kyrgyz Opposition Politician Tekebayev 
December 02, 2021

Mob Accosts Kyrgyz Opposition Politician Tekebayev 

By Catherine Putz
Tekebayev and other opposition politicians have been agitating against the November 28 election results.
Nazarbayev to Step Down From Nur Otan Party Leadership
December 02, 2021

Nazarbayev to Step Down From Nur Otan Party Leadership

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan's protracted political transition is moving steadily along.

Has Labor Migration to Russia Improved for Kyrgyz?
December 01, 2021

Has Labor Migration to Russia Improved for Kyrgyz?

By Aziza Shamyrbekova
Accession to the Eurasian Economic Union provided some relief to Kyrgyz migrant workers, but difficulties remain. 

Kazakhstan’s Poet, Political Dissident Aron Atabek Dies
November 30, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Poet, Political Dissident Aron Atabek Dies

By Paolo Sorbello
Atabek had served 15 years in prison and died just weeks after his release.

How to Make Samarkand a Truly Green City
November 30, 2021

How to Make Samarkand a Truly Green City

By Darina Solod and Nina Lesikhina
Samarkand recently joined the EBRD's Green Cities program. Will it help citizens be heard?

No Place for Afghan Refugees in Central Asia
November 29, 2021

No Place for Afghan Refugees in Central Asia

By Umida Hashimova
Even financial compensation can’t lure Central Asian countries into accepting Afghan refugees.
Low Turnout, Technical Glitches, Mar Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls
November 29, 2021

Low Turnout, Technical Glitches, Mar Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls

By Catherine Putz
With final results still pending, one thing is clear: Kyrgyzstanis are tired of elections.

Mining Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Companies Encounter Increasing Conflict 
November 29, 2021

Mining Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Companies Encounter Increasing Conflict 

By Khiradmand Sheraliev
Increased conflict between Kyrgyz citizens and Chinese mining companies highlights the necessity of more careful cooperation.

Why Is Kyrgyzstan’s Upcoming Parliamentary Election Significant?
November 24, 2021

Why Is Kyrgyzstan’s Upcoming Parliamentary Election Significant?

By Catherine Putz
A discussion with Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva.

Where Are ‘New’ Uzbekistan’s Promised Reforms?
November 23, 2021

Where Are ‘New’ Uzbekistan’s Promised Reforms?

By Akzam Turgunov
The reelection of Uzbekistan’s president was a foregone conclusion. The real question is: Where are the promised reforms?
Uzbekistan Extending Financial Support to Labor Migrants
November 22, 2021

Uzbekistan Extending Financial Support to Labor Migrants

By Umida Hashimova
In visiting Russia, Uzbek officials demonstrate greater attention to the country’s critical labor migrant population.

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