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The Most Important Shanghai Cooperation Summit Ever?
September 23, 2022

The Most Important Shanghai Cooperation Summit Ever?

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
The SCO meets at a time of geopolitical flux in the Asian heartland. What’s the significance?

Kazakhstan Continues to Break Ranks With Russia
September 23, 2022

Kazakhstan Continues to Break Ranks With Russia

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez
The not-so-subtle criticism of the Russian government regarding Ukraine in Kazakh President Tokayev’s UNGA speech should not be overlooked.
Escalating Conflict on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border: Whither the Regional Security Order?
September 22, 2022

Escalating Conflict on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border: Whither the Regional Security Order?

By Asel Doolotkeldieva and Madeleine Reeves
Conflicts have intensified across the former Soviet Union, now in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It’s a worrying and disillusioning development for the region. 

As Russia Mobilizes, Central Asian Embassies Warn Citizens Against Joining a Foreign War
September 22, 2022

As Russia Mobilizes, Central Asian Embassies Warn Citizens Against Joining a Foreign War

By Catherine Putz
The risks of Central Asian migrant workers being pressured into joining Russia’s war effort have intensified in tandem with Moscow’s desperation.

What Does Iran’s Membership in the SCO Mean for the Region?
September 20, 2022

What Does Iran’s Membership in the SCO Mean for the Region?

By Aamna Khan
Iran is the newest member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan: Still Space for Reform
September 20, 2022

Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan: Still Space for Reform

By Catherine Putz
Despite some promising progress, USCIRF Chair Nury Turkel says Uzbekistan continues to severely restrict religious freedoms.

Kyrgyz-Tajik Conflict Escalates Even Though Presidents Met at SCO
September 19, 2022

Kyrgyz-Tajik Conflict Escalates Even Though Presidents Met at SCO

By Catherine Putz
That after 30 years, various Kyrgyz presidents and Rahmon -- who has been Tajik president since 1994 -- have not been able to settle the border is a major failing.
More than a ‘Border Skirmish’ Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
September 19, 2022

More than a ‘Border Skirmish’ Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

By Aijan Sharshenova
The recent outbreak of hostilities on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border represents a dangerous escalation from previous tension and skirmishes to a distinct act of aggression.

Xinjiang Kazakh Plans Political Party to Counter China’s Xi
September 17, 2022

Xinjiang Kazakh Plans Political Party to Counter China’s Xi

By Dake Kang
Despite Xi’s warm official reception in Kazakhstan, the general population is disturbed by reports of oppression aimed at Kazakhs in China.

Xi, Putin and the Shared China-Russia Worldview
September 16, 2022

Xi, Putin and the Shared China-Russia Worldview

By Catherine Putz
No matter the areas of friction or tactical disagreement, China and Russia share a core worldview that binds them together.

What Does Xi Jinping’s Visit Tell Us About China’s Relationship with Central Asia?
September 15, 2022

What Does Xi Jinping’s Visit Tell Us About China’s Relationship with Central Asia?

By Brian Wong and Iskander Akylbayev
While the meeting with Putin stole headlines, Xi’s trips to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are about far more than Russia.
Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 
September 15, 2022

Large Kazakhstani Bank to Sell Stake in Telecoms Company 

By Paolo Sorbello
Jusan Bank, linked to the country’s former president, will divest from Kcell. 

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