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Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19
April 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been ringing his neighbors to coordinate and dispatching aid to Afghanistan.

The International Community Must Put a Spotlight on Tajikistan’s Human Rights Record
April 02, 2020

The International Community Must Put a Spotlight on Tajikistan’s Human Rights Record

By Scott Martin
Silencing opposition figures, independent voices, and those defending the detained -- a spotlight must be shone on the Tajik government’s human rights record.
Did Turkmenistan Really Ban the Word ‘Coronavirus’? 
April 01, 2020

Did Turkmenistan Really Ban the Word ‘Coronavirus’? 

By Catherine Putz
Not quite. But Ashgabat is certainly denying the reality of the COVID-19 threat.

How Is Central Asia Handling COVID-19?
March 31, 2020

How Is Central Asia Handling COVID-19?

By Colleen Wood
A broader comparative frame is more productive for understanding how Central Asian governments are handling the coronavirus pandemic.

More Arrests Linked to February Ethnic Violence in Kazakhstan
March 30, 2020

More Arrests Linked to February Ethnic Violence in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Kazakh authorities say 25 have been arrested in connection to deadly violence targeting the Dungan community in February.

Atambayev Trial Begins With Postponement
March 25, 2020

Atambayev Trial Begins With Postponement

By Catherine Putz
Just as it was finally beginning, the trial of Almazbek Atambayev was postponed.

Border Closures in Eurasia Complicate Migrant Worker Movement
March 24, 2020

Border Closures in Eurasia Complicate Migrant Worker Movement

By Catherine Putz
With COVID-19 causing border closures, Central Asia's migrant workers are stuck and out of luck.
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Engage in Joint Military Exercises
March 23, 2020

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Engage in Joint Military Exercises

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan take joint responsibility for their border with Afghanistan.

Peace Is Easier Said Than Done in Afghanistan
March 21, 2020

Peace Is Easier Said Than Done in Afghanistan

By Ankit Panda
The U.S.-Taliban ‘leap day’ deal is proving difficult to see through, even as the Afghan government tries to move forward.

Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues
March 21, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues

By Colleen Wood
While COVID-19 dominates Kyrgyzstan’s media landscape, citizens make memes to keep now-distant social issues relevant.

Making Sense of Malaysia’s 2020 Political Tumult
March 19, 2020

Making Sense of Malaysia’s 2020 Political Tumult

By Ankit Panda
Also, the hosts discuss progress in the implementation of the February 29 U.S.-Taliban deal in Afghanistan.
Another 13 Years on Corruption Charges for Gulnara Karimova
March 18, 2020

Another 13 Years on Corruption Charges for Gulnara Karimova

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, negotiations go on between the Swiss and Uzbek governments over millions in frozen assets.

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