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Could a Land Swap Settle the Tense Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?
January 15, 2020

Could a Land Swap Settle the Tense Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?

By Catherine Putz
After fresh trouble in the Batken region, the Kyrgyz and Tajik sides have floated the possibility of a land swap to fix the border. 
Why an Iran-US Conflict Would Be a Disaster for Uzbekistan
January 14, 2020

Why an Iran-US Conflict Would Be a Disaster for Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent’s aims to diversify its transportation routes, a necessity for the double-landlocked state, rest largely on Iran.

Iran Announces Arrests Over Downing of Plane That Killed 176
January 14, 2020

Iran Announces Arrests Over Downing of Plane That Killed 176

By Associated Press
Amid widespread protests, Iran announced initial arrests after the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran.

All Gulnara’s Things: Karimov’s Daughter Again on Trial
January 14, 2020

All Gulnara’s Things: Karimov’s Daughter Again on Trial

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, Uzbek officials are reportedly searching Karimova’s Swiss mansion for stolen treasures.

Uzbekistan Reportedly Completes Demining Work on Tajik Border
January 10, 2020

Uzbekistan Reportedly Completes Demining Work on Tajik Border

By Catherine Putz
The Uzbek and Tajik sides have also moved on to demarcating their border, after extensive delimitation talks.
Secret Trial Hands Ex-Uzbek Diplomat Sentence for Treason
January 09, 2020

Secret Trial Hands Ex-Uzbek Diplomat Sentence for Treason

By Catherine Putz
The unfolding of Yusupov's case stands in direct contrast with the Uzbek government’s professions of progress and reform.

Security at the Core of Senior US Diplomat’s Visit to Tajikistan
January 09, 2020

Security at the Core of Senior US Diplomat’s Visit to Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Regional cooperation and security were the top-line items of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells’ recent trek to Tajikistan.
Reform in Uzbekistan: An Interview with Farkhod Tolipov
January 08, 2020

Reform in Uzbekistan: An Interview with Farkhod Tolipov

By Catherine Putz
With Uzbek politics in the news, an Uzbek political analyst reflects on the evolution of the countrys’ political and party systems.

9 Young Jehovah’s Witnesses Remain Detained in Turkmenistan
January 07, 2020

9 Young Jehovah’s Witnesses Remain Detained in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The nine men are all conscientious objectors, imprisoned for refusing compulsory military service.

A Kazakh Dilemma as Beijing Reportedly Seeks Deportation of Former Camp Detainees
January 07, 2020

A Kazakh Dilemma as Beijing Reportedly Seeks Deportation of Former Camp Detainees

By Catherine Putz
As Beijing seeks deportations, ethnic Kazakhs strive to remain out of China’s grasp.

Final Tally on Uzbekistan’s New Parliament: A 2014 Repeat?
January 07, 2020

Final Tally on Uzbekistan’s New Parliament: A 2014 Repeat?

By Catherine Putz
By the numbers, Uzbekistan's new parliament is very much like the previous one.
Afghanistan Reacts to Soleimani’s Death
January 06, 2020

Afghanistan Reacts to Soleimani’s Death

By Sayed Jalal Shajjan
How will the Iranian general’s assassination impact the ongoing U.S.-Taliban peace negotiations?

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