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Press Freedom Questions Follow Pompeo to Central Asia
February 04, 2020

Press Freedom Questions Follow Pompeo to Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. secretary of state said he’s sent a “perfect message” on press freedoms.
Pompeo, in Kazakhstan, Warns of China’s Growing Reach
February 03, 2020

Pompeo, in Kazakhstan, Warns of China’s Growing Reach

By Associated Press
The secretary of state pressed Kazakhstan to be wary of Chinese investment and influence, urging it and others to join calls demanding an end to China's repression of minorities.

Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia
February 01, 2020

Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia

By Li-Chen Sim and Farkhod Aminjonov
Belt and Road-related problems could prompt Central Asian states to re-engage more seriously with other actors.

The Real Meaning of Manizha Mania
February 01, 2020

The Real Meaning of Manizha Mania

By Colleen Wood
A Tajik-Russian singer’s new video explores the double-bind of migration and assimilation.

Report Links Ablyazov to Embattled Maltese Academic Joseph Mifsud Via Swiss Lawyer Stephan Roh
January 31, 2020

Report Links Ablyazov to Embattled Maltese Academic Joseph Mifsud Via Swiss Lawyer Stephan Roh

By Catherine Putz
A Maltese academic, a Swiss lawyer, and a fugitive Kazakh oligarch -- what could possibly be the connection?
US Secretary of State Pompeo’s Trip to Central Asia Back on
January 30, 2020

US Secretary of State Pompeo’s Trip to Central Asia Back on

By Catherine Putz
This weekend Pompeo will make stops in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Libel Lawsuit Moves Ahead Against Kyrgyz Media Outlets
January 30, 2020

Libel Lawsuit Moves Ahead Against Kyrgyz Media Outlets

By Catherine Putz
One outlet has been dropped from the Matraimov lawsuit, but RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and Kloop remain in the crosshairs.
The Rich Merchant and the Young Bukharans
January 29, 2020

The Rich Merchant and the Young Bukharans

By Catherine Putz
The Diplomat’s Catherine Putz paid a visit to the old houses of two pivotal Bukharan figures: Fayzulla and Usmon Khodjaev.

Wuhan Coronavirus: What About Central Asia?
January 29, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus: What About Central Asia?

By Catherine Putz
There are, so far, no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Central Asia.

More TAPI Delays, This Time in Afghanistan
January 28, 2020

More TAPI Delays, This Time in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
A law on land acquisition and critical MoUs remain unsettled, TAPI's "progress" remains slow across Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan Will ‘Cooperate’ with Eurasian Economic Union
January 27, 2020

Uzbekistan Will ‘Cooperate’ with Eurasian Economic Union

By Umida Hashimova
In a state of the union address, Uzbek President said the country would engage in “cooperation” with the EAEU.
Kazakhstan Halts Sale of Contaminated Oil to China 
January 27, 2020

Kazakhstan Halts Sale of Contaminated Oil to China 

By Paolo Sorbello
Tests revealed the presence of dangerous chemicals in oil pumped from the Aktobe region and destined for to China. 

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