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Kyrgyzstan Punts on Elections to Pursue Constitutional Reforms
October 22, 2020

Kyrgyzstan Punts on Elections to Pursue Constitutional Reforms

By Catherine Putz
The Kyrgyz parliament voted to cancel forthcoming new parliament and presidential elections to make way for constitutional reforms.

Japarov’s Many Promises: Can Stability Emerge From Chaos in Kyrgyzstan?
October 22, 2020

Japarov’s Many Promises: Can Stability Emerge From Chaos in Kyrgyzstan?

By Ilgiz Kambarov
Will Kyrgyzstan’s new leader be able to address imminent politico-economic challenges and accomplish his all stated promises?
How US Sanctions Drove Iran Into Huawei’s Arms
October 22, 2020

How US Sanctions Drove Iran Into Huawei’s Arms

By Reza Khaasteh
U.S. sanctions kicked Ericsson out of Iran. Now the Chinese telecom giant is poised to win the 5G race in the country.

Date Set for Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections
October 21, 2020

Date Set for Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections

By Catherine Putz
If the past sets any precedent, we can expect an overwhelming win for Nur-Otan - the ruling party headed by First President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Kyrgyzstan: Raimbek Matraimov Detained, Released
October 21, 2020

Kyrgyzstan: Raimbek Matraimov Detained, Released

By Catherine Putz
The former customs official’s arrest was a suspicious surprise, though he’s long been alleged to have engaged in massive corruption in Kyrgyzstan. 

Educating Central Asia, From Soviet Collapse to COVID-19
October 20, 2020

Educating Central Asia, From Soviet Collapse to COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
Vasila Bozichaeva and Emma Sabzalieva explain the development of Central Asia's education systems, and the current challenges faced.

Uzbek Weddings in the Time of COVID-19
October 20, 2020

Uzbek Weddings in the Time of COVID-19

By Ezoza Yakvalkhodjieva
The pandemic has managed to do what the Uzbek government hasn’t been able to: temper lavish wedding practices. But will moderation last?
Kyrgyzstan Working Toward New Elections Under New Rules
October 19, 2020

Kyrgyzstan Working Toward New Elections Under New Rules

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan looks likely to have a new parliament election sometime in December and a presidential poll in January. It may also have a constitutional referendum.

Italian Policemen Sentenced for Kidnapping Kazakh Ex-Banker’s Family
October 19, 2020

Italian Policemen Sentenced for Kidnapping Kazakh Ex-Banker’s Family

By Paolo Sorbello
Italian police staged a special operation to detain and repatriate the wife and daughter of Mukhtar Ablyazov in 2013. Now seven of those involved were sentenced. 

Pandemics and the Post: Mongolia’s Pony Express
October 16, 2020

Pandemics and the Post: Mongolia’s Pony Express

By William Taylor
The most famous horse-based postal relay came with the rise of the great Mongol Empire in the 13th century.

Why the World Should Care About Language in Inner Mongolia
October 16, 2020

Why the World Should Care About Language in Inner Mongolia

By Sonam Ongmo and Saglar Bougdaeva
At stake is an 800-year-old script with a multicultural lineage emanating from the golden era of the Silk Route.
A Real Opportunity for Religion Law Reform in Uzbekistan
October 16, 2020

A Real Opportunity for Religion Law Reform in Uzbekistan

By Knox Thames
Uzbekistan has a real opportunity to cement its significant gains, turn away from its authoritarian past, and reclaim its place as a Central Asian leader. 

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