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Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task
April 10, 2021

Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task

By Catherine Putz
People on both sides of these possibly shifting borders have strong feelings about it.

Aizada Kanatbekova: A Young Woman Kidnapped and Murdered in Kyrgyzstan
April 08, 2021

Aizada Kanatbekova: A Young Woman Kidnapped and Murdered in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
“Bride kidnapping” is claimed by some to be a traditional practice. Others call it what it is: forced marriage, which sometimes results in murder. 
Uzbekistan: Opposition Erk Party Wants in on October Presidential Election
April 06, 2021

Uzbekistan: Opposition Erk Party Wants in on October Presidential Election

By Catherine Putz
The last time an Uzbek president faced a serious challenger was in 1991. Erk hasn’t been allowed to front a candidate since.

US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan
April 06, 2021

US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan

By Akram Umarov
In May 2020 and March 2021, the United States started up two new trilateral dialogues pairing Afghanistan with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 

Countdown to Another Election Day in Kyrgyzstan: April 11
April 06, 2021

Countdown to Another Election Day in Kyrgyzstan: April 11

By Catherine Putz
The April 11 vote covers 420 village council elections and 28 town and city council elections, plus a controversial constitutional referendum.

Uzbekistan Criminalizes Online Slander Against the President
April 02, 2021

Uzbekistan Criminalizes Online Slander Against the President

By Catherine Putz
Instead of progress on decriminalizing defamation, Uzbek authorities have amended the criminal code to include online insults of the president as punishable with prison time. 

China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up
April 01, 2021

China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up

By Tristan Kenderdine and Péter Bucsky
China’s contribution to Central Asian rail connectivity remains miniscule.
Kyrgyzstan Begins COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign With Free Chinese Doses
March 31, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Begins COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign With Free Chinese Doses

By Catherine Putz
The gifted 150,000 doses will be enough for 75,000 people to be vaccinated. While it’s a start, Kyrgyzstan’s population exceeds 6.4 million.

Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Fund Changes Boss
March 31, 2021

Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Fund Changes Boss

By Paolo Sorbello
A new head of Samruk-Kazyna could bring about changes in governance and personnel. 

Amid Debate Over LGBT Rights, Uzbek Authorities Victim-Blame Attacked Activist
March 31, 2021

Amid Debate Over LGBT Rights, Uzbek Authorities Victim-Blame Attacked Activist

By Catherine Putz
A blogger who suggested Uzbekistan decriminalize gay sex was brutally attacked. The Interior Ministry and others blame him for provoking the assault.

Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Border: ‘Resolved 100 Percent’
March 30, 2021

Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Border: ‘Resolved 100 Percent’

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz officials laud a protocol signed with Uzbekistan to settle, once and for all, the border. Much work remains ahead to realize the agreement on the ground.
Uzbekistan Aims to Deepen Links Between Central and South Asia
March 29, 2021

Uzbekistan Aims to Deepen Links Between Central and South Asia

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent is organizing a high-level conference this summer aimed at bridging Central Asian countries and South Asian markets. 

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