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Kumtor: Kyrgyz Court Cancels $3.2 Billion Fine on Departing Canadian Mining Firm Centerra
May 28, 2022

Kumtor: Kyrgyz Court Cancels $3.2 Billion Fine on Departing Canadian Mining Firm Centerra

By Catherine Putz
The contentious saga of Kumtor Gold Mine is one step closer to completion.

The Language of the China-Russia Soft Power Rivalry in Uzbekistan
May 26, 2022

The Language of the China-Russia Soft Power Rivalry in Uzbekistan

By Niginakhon Uralova
The China-Russia soft power rivalry in Uzbekistan plays out most clearly via language and education programs.
Can the Eurasian Economic Union Survive Putin?
May 26, 2022

Can the Eurasian Economic Union Survive Putin?

By Catherine Putz
If the EAEU is simply an economic project, the current circumstances will strain its relevance as members suffer the consequences of close ties to the Russian economy.

Where Does Central Asia Fit in the Quad’s Indo-Pacific Plans?
May 25, 2022

Where Does Central Asia Fit in the Quad’s Indo-Pacific Plans?

By Kei Hakata and Brendon J. Cannon
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it’s even more critical to advance “Indo-Pacific Plus” strategies to counter a growing Pax Eurasiana.

Hearings Begin in Case Against Kyrgyz Journalist Temirov and Singer Nazarov 
May 25, 2022

Hearings Begin in Case Against Kyrgyz Journalist Temirov and Singer Nazarov 

By Catherine Putz
As preliminary hearings began last week, Temirov discovered that his Kyrgyz passport had been canceled already.

Internet Severed Again in Tajikistan’s GBAO
May 25, 2022

Internet Severed Again in Tajikistan’s GBAO

By Catherine Putz
For much of the last six months, the internet has been either inaccessible or heavily curtailed in Tajikistan’s eastern autonomous region.

China and Uzbekistan: An Emerging Development Partnership?
May 13, 2022

China and Uzbekistan: An Emerging Development Partnership?

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
Uzbekistan is leveraging its partnership with China to address the logistical and geographic challenges it faces.
The Richest Get Richer in Kazakhstan
May 13, 2022

The Richest Get Richer in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
According to Forbes.kz, Kazakhstan’s top-three wealthiest amassed an additional $2.5 billion in one year.

The Trans-Caspian Corridor: Kazakhstan’s Silk Road?
May 12, 2022

The Trans-Caspian Corridor: Kazakhstan’s Silk Road?

By Wilder Alejandro Sánchez and Kamila Auyezova
Kazakhstan and the Caucasus nations are looking at the Trans-Caspian transportation corridor with renewed vigor given the war in Ukraine.

The Taliban’s Many Problematic Borders
May 10, 2022

The Taliban’s Many Problematic Borders

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban are beset on all sides by difficult borders, and the group’s inability to bring them under control may serve to complicate relations with regional neighbors.

What’s in Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Referendum?
May 09, 2022

What’s in Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Referendum?

By Colleen Wood
On June 5, Kazakhs will vote on a package of reforms intended to transform the country from a super-presidential system to a “presidential system with a strong parliament."
Public Opinion on China Waning in Central Asia
May 05, 2022

Public Opinion on China Waning in Central Asia

By Elizabeth Woods and Thomas Baker
Even as China’s economic influence expands, a credibility gap looms in Central Asia.

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