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Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan
January 24, 2020

Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Four more employees - one a driver - of RFE/RL's Tajik Service have been given six-month accreditations. The press freedom battle goes on.

Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility
January 23, 2020

Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility

By Catherine Putz
Nafosat Olloshkurova's decision to leave Uzbekistan reflects just how far the state has yet to go with its reforms, particularly regarding free speech.
Russia’s Strategy in Central Asia: Inviting India to Balance China
January 23, 2020

Russia’s Strategy in Central Asia: Inviting India to Balance China

By Yuan Jiang
Russia’s invitation for India to link up with Eurasian Economic Union recalls the SCO expansion saga.

Countdown to Doomsday: The Asia Factor
January 23, 2020

Countdown to Doomsday: The Asia Factor

By Jon Letman
We’re now 100 seconds to midnight. How can the Asia-Pacific contribute to (or counter) doomsday?

Why Is Kyrgyzstan Being Considered for the New U.S. Travel Ban?
January 22, 2020

Why Is Kyrgyzstan Being Considered for the New U.S. Travel Ban?

By Catherine Putz
Politico reported that the Trump administration is considering expanding the controversial “travel ban” to seven more countries, including possibly Kyrgyzstan.

2 More Ethnic Kazakhs Who Fled Xinjiang Won’t Be Deported
January 22, 2020

2 More Ethnic Kazakhs Who Fled Xinjiang Won’t Be Deported

By Catherine Putz
Murager Alimuly and Qaster Musakhanuly were given one-year prison sentences, but a Kazakh court declined to deport them.

Another Ethnic Kazakh Escapes Deportation to Xinjiang
January 18, 2020

Another Ethnic Kazakh Escapes Deportation to Xinjiang

By Catherine Putz
A court in Zharkent decided to not deport Tilek Tabarikuly, another ethnic Kazakh who escaped across the border with China.
Will Turkmenistan Ever Supply Gas to Europe?
January 17, 2020

Will Turkmenistan Ever Supply Gas to Europe?

By T.J. Sjostrom
In theory, Turkmenistan could be a complementary trade partner for Europe’s energy security needs. But what about in practice?

Exporting China’s Social Credit System to Central Asia
January 17, 2020

Exporting China’s Social Credit System to Central Asia

By Yau Tsz Yan
Is Beijing building a cross-border social engineering system, one software solution at a time?

Security Services: Moscow’s Fifth Column Across Eurasia
January 17, 2020

Security Services: Moscow’s Fifth Column Across Eurasia

By S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell
One of the main tools of Russian influence across Central Asia remains poorly understood.

Absurdity Reigns Supreme in Kyrgyzstan’s Neverending Atambayev Fiasco
January 17, 2020

Absurdity Reigns Supreme in Kyrgyzstan’s Neverending Atambayev Fiasco

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s legal system and former president Almazbek Atambayev are still locked in stalemate.
Lavrov Closes Out Asia Trip With a Stop in Uzbekistan
January 16, 2020

Lavrov Closes Out Asia Trip With a Stop in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
He made the trip on his way back to Moscow from India, where he’d attended the Raisina Dialogue. 

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