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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.
Drones and Beavers: A Watershed Moment for Mongolia’s Park Rangers 
November 13, 2019

Drones and Beavers: A Watershed Moment for Mongolia’s Park Rangers 

By Michelle Tolson
Mongolia’s rangers work hard, in sometimes difficult conditions, to protect the country’s natural landscapes and wildlife.

Singing, Dancing, and a Little Plov: Central Asia’s Got Talent
November 13, 2019

Singing, Dancing, and a Little Plov: Central Asia’s Got Talent

By Colleen Wood
Politics and economics are not the only relevant spheres of integration in Central Asia; a new TV show makes regional cooperation tangible to the masses.

US and Russia Watching Closely Uzbekistan’s Economic Choices
November 12, 2019

US and Russia Watching Closely Uzbekistan’s Economic Choices

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent is reopening its negotiations to join the WTO and considering Eurasian Economic Union membership. Russia and the West are watching.

Cooperation, Co-existence or Clash? China and Russia’s Ambitions in Central Asia
November 08, 2019

Cooperation, Co-existence or Clash? China and Russia’s Ambitions in Central Asia

By Benno Zogg
The two powers’ approaches to Central Asia may be a good indicator of their current partnership and future relations.

More Questions Than Information on Tajikistan Border Post Attack
November 06, 2019

More Questions Than Information on Tajikistan Border Post Attack

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan certainly faces security risks, Islamic State among them. But details on the recent incident are scarce.
Kazakhstan Sinks in Freedom of the Net 2019 Report
November 06, 2019

Kazakhstan Sinks in Freedom of the Net 2019 Report

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan's drop marked one of the largest declines over last year's report, following a year of disruptions and arrests.

Tajikistan Approves Credentials for RFE/RL Journalists Just Ahead of November 1 Deadline
November 01, 2019

Tajikistan Approves Credentials for RFE/RL Journalists Just Ahead of November 1 Deadline

By Catherine Putz
A closer look at the significance of a recent development.

Kyrgyzstan Eradicates Statelessness, Challenges Remain
October 31, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Eradicates Statelessness, Challenges Remain

By Colleen Wood
A Kyrgyzstani lawyer won a prestigious UN award for his contributions to combating statelessness in his country, but will his efforts stick?

Ulaanbaatar: Growing Strong and Sick
October 31, 2019

Ulaanbaatar: Growing Strong and Sick

By Nicholas Muller
Pollution and a serious health crisis have accompanied rapid urbanization in Mongolia’s capital
2 Ethnic Kazakhs from China Granted Asylum-Seeker Status in Kazakhstan
October 31, 2019

2 Ethnic Kazakhs from China Granted Asylum-Seeker Status in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
But like Sayragul Sauytbay before them, Murager Alimuly and Qaster Musakhanuly may not ultimately find asylum in Kazakhstan.

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