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Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s European Tour
October 26, 2021

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s European Tour

By Ana-Maria Anghelescu
European leaders concerned with Afghanistan’s security situation may see Tajikistan as a useful partner to limit refugee flows to Europe.

Uzbek President Secures 2nd Term in Flawed Election
October 25, 2021

Uzbek President Secures 2nd Term in Flawed Election

By Catherine Putz
The OSCE election monitoring mission says reforms under Mirziyoyev "have not yet resulted in a genuinely pluralistic environment."
Is Russia Starting to Sour on China?
October 22, 2021

Is Russia Starting to Sour on China?

By Yuan Jiang
A prominent Russian analyst thinks the high point of Sino-Russian cooperation has passed.

Chabahar Port and Iran’s Strategic Balancing With China and India
October 21, 2021

Chabahar Port and Iran’s Strategic Balancing With China and India

By Soroush Aliasgary and Marin Ekstrom
Both China and India seek to use Chabahar port for their own strategic interests. Iran can use that competition to its own advantage.

Russia Hosts Afghan Talks, Calls for Inclusive Government
October 20, 2021

Russia Hosts Afghan Talks, Calls for Inclusive Government

By Vladimir Isachenkov
Russia had worked for years to establish contacts with the Taliban, even though it designated the group a terror organization in 2003.

Could Russia’s Buddhist Republics Complicate Relations With China?
October 20, 2021

Could Russia’s Buddhist Republics Complicate Relations With China?

By James Utley and Jade McGlynn
Religious diplomacy might be a sophisticated Kremlin foreign policy tactic, but it will never trump basic Russian foreign policy needs. 

Emomali in Paris: Tajikistan, Europe, and the Afghanistan Problem
October 20, 2021

Emomali in Paris: Tajikistan, Europe, and the Afghanistan Problem

By Catherine Putz
With no regional options for truly “like-minded” partners, France seems to be settling on Tajikistan as the best bet.
Quiet Presidential Campaign Nearly Over in Uzbekistan
October 19, 2021

Quiet Presidential Campaign Nearly Over in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan's election is set for October 24.

Russia’s Dependence on Cheap Central Asian Labor Exposed
October 18, 2021

Russia’s Dependence on Cheap Central Asian Labor Exposed

By Umida Hashimova
Administrative punishments against Central Asian labor migrants and COVID-19 restrictions reveal the vulnerabilities of Russia’s labor market.

Kazakhstan’s Light Rail Corruption Case Drags on
October 16, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Light Rail Corruption Case Drags on

By Paolo Sorbello
The capital’s light rail might never be built, and the corrupt officials that stole public funds might never be convicted.

Who Are Uzbekistan’s Remaining Religious Prisoners?
October 14, 2021

Who Are Uzbekistan’s Remaining Religious Prisoners?

By Catherine Putz
Despite thousands reportedly released since 2016, an estimated 2,000 remain jailed in Uzbekistan for political and religious reasons.
Japarov’s Kyrgyz Cabinet Shuffle
October 13, 2021

Japarov’s Kyrgyz Cabinet Shuffle

By Catherine Putz
Japarov selected another Japarov (no relation) to head the new Cabinet of Ministers.

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