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Is This Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment?
December 05, 2019

Is This Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment?

By S. Frederick Starr
On November 29, Central Asia re-emerged as a world region.

Kazakhstan: Reaching Out to Central Asian Neighbors
December 04, 2019

Kazakhstan: Reaching Out to Central Asian Neighbors

By Annette Bohr
Despite its regional outreach, Kazakhstan's diplomatic priority will remain Russia, China, and Europe.
What’s in the Malaysia-Russia Fighter Jet Exchange Deal?
December 03, 2019

What’s in the Malaysia-Russia Fighter Jet Exchange Deal?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While speculation on the agreement continues to fuel headlines, there are few concrete indications about how it could play out.

Unveiling Girls’ Madrasahs in Kyrgyzstan
December 02, 2019

Unveiling Girls’ Madrasahs in Kyrgyzstan

By Aichurek Kurmanbekova
Without state-recognized diplomas, Kyrgyzstan’s religious students -- especially girls -- are at risk of falling behind.

Central Asian Presidents’ Second Consultative Meeting Zooms in on Water, Trade, and Regional Cooperation
December 02, 2019

Central Asian Presidents’ Second Consultative Meeting Zooms in on Water, Trade, and Regional Cooperation

By Umida Hashimova
The second consultative meeting of Central Asian leaders sidesteps regional issues, but annual meetings are assured to continue.

A Brief Flurry of Summitry in Central Asia
November 30, 2019

A Brief Flurry of Summitry in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The CSTO gathered in Bishkek and then the Central Asian presidents met in Tashkent this week.

Kyrgyzstan Reacts to Bombshell Investigative Report, Taking to the Snowy Streets
November 28, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Reacts to Bombshell Investigative Report, Taking to the Snowy Streets

By Colleen Wood
A bombshell investigative report mobilized people to protest corruption and demand reform in Bishkek. 
Secret Documents Reveal How China’s Mass Detention Camps Work
November 27, 2019

Secret Documents Reveal How China’s Mass Detention Camps Work

By Associated Press
A classified blueprint leaked to a consortium of news organizations shows the camps are instead precisely what former detainees have described:

Uzbekistan’s Parties Take the Stage to Debate
November 20, 2019

Uzbekistan’s Parties Take the Stage to Debate

By Umida Hashimova
Heading toward parliamentary elections, Uzbekistan holds first debate among five running parties.

Discussing Violence and Terrorism in Tajikistan
November 20, 2019

Discussing Violence and Terrorism in Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
An interview with Edward Lemon.

Tracking Down the Fruits of Xinjiang’s Forced Labor Industry
November 16, 2019

Tracking Down the Fruits of Xinjiang’s Forced Labor Industry

By Juozapas Bagdonas
A few clicks reveals several U.S. companies are benefiting from China’s oppression of Muslims.
Cotton and Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Forced Labor in Xinjiang and Uzbekistan
November 14, 2019

Cotton and Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Forced Labor in Xinjiang and Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
There are considerable differences with regard to forced labor in Uzbekistan and Xinjiang, but there is an underlying corporate responsibility to not engage in human rights abuses.

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