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Turkey Ends Visa-Free Access for Tajik Citizens

Turkey Ends Visa-Free Access for Tajik Citizens

By Catherine Putz
In the aftermath of the Crocus City Hall attack, Tajiks find their world shrinking further.
Erasing Memories, Concealing Evidence: China’s Efforts to Obscure the Uyghur Genocide

Erasing Memories, Concealing Evidence: China’s Efforts to Obscure the Uyghur Genocide

By Mamtimin Ala
The Uyghur genocide is gradually and silently fading away, as if it never occurred in the first place. 

Islamic State Escalates Anti-Russian Militant Campaign

Islamic State Escalates Anti-Russian Militant Campaign

By Peter Smith, Lucas Webber, and Colin P. Clarke
The Islamic State organization and its violent progeny, ISKP, have viewed Moscow as their enemy since the group’s inception. 

After Attack in Russia, Focus Turns to ISKP in Afghanistan and Central Asia

After Attack in Russia, Focus Turns to ISKP in Afghanistan and Central Asia

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The focus on and understanding of ISKP’s core area in Afghanistan and Pakistan needs to be expanded to include the large frontiers of Central Asia.

Nuclear Power Plant Construction and Uranium Mining in Kyrgyzstan Pose Unacceptable Risks

Nuclear Power Plant Construction and Uranium Mining in Kyrgyzstan Pose Unacceptable Risks

By Ilgiz Kambarov
Pursuing nuclear power is a perilous path for Kyrgyzstan, especially given the country's geological instability and a lack of domestic expertise and infrastructure.
What’s Behind Central Asia’s Umrah Fever?

What’s Behind Central Asia’s Umrah Fever?

By Niginakhon Saida
As long as people have limited opportunities in the socioeconomic and political arenas, and adherence to a religious lifestyle is restricted, pilgrimages will remain as an accessible means of self-fulfillment. 

In Kyrgyzstan, Pendulum Swings Hard Against Matraimov With Arrest

In Kyrgyzstan, Pendulum Swings Hard Against Matraimov With Arrest

By Catherine Putz
Over the last five years, Kyrgyz authorities have repeatedly had their hands on notoriously corrupt former official Raimbek Matraimov and each time let him go. Will this time be different?
Why Did the Islamic State Target Russia?

Why Did the Islamic State Target Russia?

Lucas Webber, the co-founder and editor of militantwire.com, discusses the horrific attack in Russia, and the links to Islamic State’s Afghan branch, also known as ISKP.

Kyrgyzstan Warns Citizens Against Travel to Russia

Kyrgyzstan Warns Citizens Against Travel to Russia

By Catherine Putz
In the wake of the horrific Crocus City Hall attack, allegedly perpetrated by Tajik nationals, Bishkek has issued a recommendation that its citizens avoid unnecessary travel to Russia.

Labor Rights Violations Persist in Uzbekistan

Labor Rights Violations Persist in Uzbekistan

By Lynn Schweisfurth
Cotton producer Indorama Agro silences workers speaking out against rights violations while development banks fail to ensure compliance.

How Does China Study Central Asia?

How Does China Study Central Asia?

By Catherine Putz
A conversation with Frank Maracchione on Central Asia studies in China.
The C5+1 Critical Mineral Dialogue: What It Means and How We Got Here

The C5+1 Critical Mineral Dialogue: What It Means and How We Got Here

By Charley Ward
It is promising that the CMD met just months after it was announced, seeming to indicate that all involved are serious about scaling up Central Asia’s role in global critical mineral supply chains.

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