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Kyrgyzstan’s Move to Block Radio Azattyk Is a Sign of Trouble — For the Government
November 03, 2022

Kyrgyzstan’s Move to Block Radio Azattyk Is a Sign of Trouble — For the Government

By Eldiyar Arykbaev
Democratic values like freedom of the press are a bulwark that keeps Kyrgyzstan from sliding into authoritarianism.
Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Foreign Ministers Sign Water, Border Agreements
November 03, 2022

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Foreign Ministers Sign Water, Border Agreements

By Catherine Putz
Despite domestic opposition in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek and Tashkent are moving ahead with their agreements on the Kempir-Abad reservoir.

Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest
November 02, 2022

Kazakh Opposition Politician Zhanbolat Mamai Released to House Arrest

By Catherine Putz
After eight months in jail, and mounting pressure, the charges against Mamai were recently reclassified and he's been released to house arrest.

Germany Eyes Green Hydrogen Potential in Kazakhstan
November 02, 2022

Germany Eyes Green Hydrogen Potential in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
And in Uzbekistan, Berlin sees a rising regional power.

What’s Next for Russians Who Fled to Kazakhstan?
November 01, 2022

What’s Next for Russians Who Fled to Kazakhstan?

By Aliya Askar
In the early 1990s, ethnic Russians left Kazakhstan in droves. In 2022, that flow once again reversed as Russians fled into Central Asia.
To Withstand Global Shocks, Uzbekistan Needs to Continue Reforms and Build an Inclusive Market Economy
November 01, 2022

To Withstand Global Shocks, Uzbekistan Needs to Continue Reforms and Build an Inclusive Market Economy

By Anna Bjerde
Uzbekistan has made impressive development gains over the past five years by relentlessly pursuing the path of market-oriented reforms. 

Tajik-made Iranian Drones Are Not in Ukraine Either
November 01, 2022

Tajik-made Iranian Drones Are Not in Ukraine Either

By Catherine Putz
The kind of Iranian drones Tajikistan has an agreement to manufacture are not those seen in the sky over Ukraine.
Weeks After Russia-Central Asia Leaders’ Meeting, Europe Comes Calling Too
October 31, 2022

Weeks After Russia-Central Asia Leaders’ Meeting, Europe Comes Calling Too

By Catherine Putz
With Ukraine in mind, the European Union is courting Central Asia, even if it means overlooking the region’s autocratic “democracies.”

Kyrgyz Ministry Blocks RFE/RL Website Over Kyrgyz-Tajik Border Report
October 28, 2022

Kyrgyz Ministry Blocks RFE/RL Website Over Kyrgyz-Tajik Border Report

By Catherine Putz
Last year, Kyrgyzstan passed a “fake news” law. This year, it’s been used to suspend access to at least two media outlets.

No, Uzbekistan Isn’t Assembling Iranian Drones for Russia
October 27, 2022

No, Uzbekistan Isn’t Assembling Iranian Drones for Russia

By Catherine Putz
There’s no evidence that Uzbekistan is assembling Iranian drones for Russia to use in Ukraine, but Tashkent’s firm retort to the suggestion underscores its difficult geopolitical position. 

How China Boosts Iran’s Digital Crackdown
October 27, 2022

How China Boosts Iran’s Digital Crackdown

By Nima Khorrami
Amid ongoing protests, Iran is looking to accelerate its adoption of China’s AI surveillance and internet censorship methods.
Kazakhstan’s Former Health Minister Accuses ‘Medical Mafia’ of Meddling
October 27, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Former Health Minister Accuses ‘Medical Mafia’ of Meddling

By Paolo Sorbello
The trial of the former health minister could shed light on the direction of “New Kazakhstan.” 

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