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Brides Too Soon: The Rising Trend of Early Marriages in Uzbekistan

Brides Too Soon: The Rising Trend of Early Marriages in Uzbekistan

By Niginakhon Saida
Early marriages are on the rise, primarily driven by a growing scarcity of eligible brides.

The Stati v Kazakhstan Saga Ends

The Stati v Kazakhstan Saga Ends

By Paolo Sorbello
The parties said they reached a settlement more than a decade after arbitration proceedings started.
From Russian Ladas to Chinese BYDs: Central Asia’s Changing Priorities

From Russian Ladas to Chinese BYDs: Central Asia’s Changing Priorities

By Rakshith Shetty
Beijing is steadily drawing the region into its orbit and away from Russia's traditional sphere of influence.

How Kazakhstan’s SCO Chairmanship Has Navigated East-West Tensions

How Kazakhstan’s SCO Chairmanship Has Navigated East-West Tensions

By Nigel Li
Expanding membership risks a loss of focus for the organization, but Kazakhstan has pursued a vision that could be more enduring.

Widening Inequality Between Russia and China on Display at SCO Summit

Widening Inequality Between Russia and China on Display at SCO Summit

By Alexander Piechowski
The Astana SCO Summit was Russia’s first as a junior partner to China.

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Central Asia’s Post-Ukraine Future

Central Asia’s Post-Ukraine Future

By Ahmad Tariq Noorzadeh
Maintaining a balancing act between Russia, China and the West will only become more difficult for Central Asia.

Bloggers in the Crosshairs: The Complex Reality of Media Freedom in Uzbekistan

Bloggers in the Crosshairs: The Complex Reality of Media Freedom in Uzbekistan

By Sher Khashimov and Asiya Kerimova
Despite presidential promises, arrests of bloggers critical of the government highlight the fragility of free speech in Mirziyoyev's Uzbekistan.
Kazakh Journalist Sadyqov Dies in Ukraine, Suspects Fled to Kazakhstan

Kazakh Journalist Sadyqov Dies in Ukraine, Suspects Fled to Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Ukrainian authorities identified two suspects, both Kazakh nationals. Open source investigations by journalists suggest the two men have government connections.

Why the Mongolian President’s First State Visit to Uzbekistan Matters

Why the Mongolian President’s First State Visit to Uzbekistan Matters

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
Concern has gripped policymakers in Uzbekistan and Mongolia over how to balance Russia, China, and the West amid rising tension over Ukraine and an unstable Afghanistan.

Reviving Energy Interdependence in Central Asia

Reviving Energy Interdependence in Central Asia

By Peter Krasnopolsky
How the Central Asian Integrated Power System failed, and what might bring it back online.

SCO Set Grow in Astana With Addition of Belarus

SCO Set Grow in Astana With Addition of Belarus

By Catherine Putz
The SCO Summit will add Belarus to the roster. Xi and Putin are attending, but Modi is skipping. 
Akyn Askat Zhetigen Sentenced to 3 Years by Kyrgyz Court

Akyn Askat Zhetigen Sentenced to 3 Years by Kyrgyz Court

By Catherine Putz
The musician’s social commentary is entirely within the grand tradition of Kyrgyz akyns going back centuries. But speaking up is risky business in Kyrgyzstan these days. 

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