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What Tajikistan’s Persecution of Faromuz Irgashev Really Means
December 02, 2022

What Tajikistan’s Persecution of Faromuz Irgashev Really Means

By Catherine Putz
The journey of Faromuz Irgashev from presidential hopeful to prison underscores Tajikistan’s total descent into authoritarianism.

Does the Eurasian Economic Union Have a Place in Central Asia’s Future?
December 02, 2022

Does the Eurasian Economic Union Have a Place in Central Asia’s Future?

By Ali Koseoglu
While Russian political and military influence is dwindling, does a Russian-designed economic union have a chance to survive within the changing geopolitics of Central Asia?
Kyrgyz and Uzbek Presidents Sign Border Agreements Into Law
December 01, 2022

Kyrgyz and Uzbek Presidents Sign Border Agreements Into Law

By Catherine Putz
They did so separately, however, given how contentious the agreement on the Kempir-Abad reservoir is in Kyrgyzstan.

Kazakhstan Walks Diplomatic Tightrope Between Russia and Europe
November 29, 2022

Kazakhstan Walks Diplomatic Tightrope Between Russia and Europe

By Catherine Putz
Back-to-back visits by Kazakh President Tokayev this week to Moscow and Paris underscore Astana’s unique position.

Abortion in Uzbekistan: Legal, Accessible, Declining
November 29, 2022

Abortion in Uzbekistan: Legal, Accessible, Declining

By Niginakhon Saida
Abortion in Uzbekistan has never been politicized as it has been in the West, but terminating a pregnancy is still becoming less common.

Kyrgyz Journalist Bolot Temirov Deported to Russia
November 29, 2022

Kyrgyz Journalist Bolot Temirov Deported to Russia

By Catherine Putz
The latest twist in Temirov’s tale saw the Kyrgyz citizen-by-birth deported as a “foreigner.”

Kazakhstan’s President Tokayev Calls for the Return of Assets
November 28, 2022

Kazakhstan’s President Tokayev Calls for the Return of Assets

By Paolo Sorbello
Will the government target all assets spirited abroad or only those owned by specific individuals? 
Where Is the ‘New’ Kazakhstan, President Tokayev?
November 28, 2022

Where Is the ‘New’ Kazakhstan, President Tokayev?

By Alva Omarova
In March, Tokayev promised a “New Kazakhstan” but there was nothing new in the recent uncompetitive presidential election.

Kazakh History Textbooks Teach Indifference Toward the Next-of-kin in Chinese Xinjiang
November 23, 2022

Kazakh History Textbooks Teach Indifference Toward the Next-of-kin in Chinese Xinjiang

By Berikbol Dukeyev
The Kazakh public generally remains silent about the plight of ethnic Kazakh detainees held in Xinjiang. The education system is one reason why.

Dawn of the Drone Age in Central Asia
November 23, 2022

Dawn of the Drone Age in Central Asia

By Francisco Olmos
Central Asian countries have been stepping up their drone capabilities.

Does the Organization of Turkic States Worry China and Russia?
November 23, 2022

Does the Organization of Turkic States Worry China and Russia?

By Nurettin Akcay
Greater integration among Turkic states may pose a crucial threat to Beijing and Moscow.
Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Diplomacy Shines Amid Conflict
November 22, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Diplomacy Shines Amid Conflict

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
In recent months, Astana has hosted top leaders and diplomats from China, Russia, Europe, and the United States, underscoring its balanced approach to diplomacy. 

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