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Survey Says: Kyrgyz Intend to Vote in October But Aren’t Sure For What Party
September 03, 2020

Survey Says: Kyrgyz Intend to Vote in October But Aren’t Sure For What Party

By Catherine Putz
A recent survey indicates that a majority of Kyrgyz intend to vote in October, but they aren't settled on what party they'll ultimately cast a ballot for.
Why Did Tajikistan Make an Appearance in the China Military Power Report?
September 03, 2020

Why Did Tajikistan Make an Appearance in the China Military Power Report?

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. Department of Defense included Tajikistan in a list of possible locations for future Chinese military facilities.

Students in Inner Mongolia Protest Chinese Language Policy
September 02, 2020

Students in Inner Mongolia Protest Chinese Language Policy

By Associated Press
The new directive is creating fear among ethnic Mongolians in the region that they will lose their mother tongue. 

Kavkaz 2020: Why Russia’s Latest Military Drills Are a Golden Opportunity for Pakistan
September 02, 2020

Kavkaz 2020: Why Russia’s Latest Military Drills Are a Golden Opportunity for Pakistan

By Shahid Hussain
Beyond a chance to deepen ties with Russia, Pakistan hopes to build bridges with Central Asian countries through the Kavkaz 2020 exercises.

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 
September 01, 2020

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan opened a major border crossing with Uzbekistan, but will Tashkent let its citizens cross it?
What Good Is the Russia-India-China Triangle for Moscow?
September 01, 2020

What Good Is the Russia-India-China Triangle for Moscow?

By Abhijnan Rej
Russia has viewed both India and China through the lens of its relationship with the West. And that may not be a bad thing in the future.

Divergent Diplomatic Paths on Belarus Across the Former Soviet Union
September 01, 2020

Divergent Diplomatic Paths on Belarus Across the Former Soviet Union

By Catherine Putz
The states of the former USSR have taken divergent paths -- some congratulating, some condemning -- in response to the election and protests in Belarus.
As Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day, Poet Calls Out Corruption
September 01, 2020

As Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day, Poet Calls Out Corruption

By Catherine Putz
At Kyrgyzstan’s muted independence day celebration, a poet-singer called out government corruption in his performance.

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia
August 28, 2020

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia

By Paolo Sorbello
The third edition of the FemAgora Central Asia festival began with online video conferences this year, as activists find new and original ways to create networks

Kazakhstan Settles Deal With Russia for Vaccine Supply
August 28, 2020

Kazakhstan Settles Deal With Russia for Vaccine Supply

By Catherine Putz
Russia's vaccine has not completed critically important phase III trials, but Kazakhstan has made a deal for access if Sputnik V proves effective.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to Seek Fifth Term
August 27, 2020

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to Seek Fifth Term

By Catherine Putz
Rahmon, one of the world's longest-serving leaders, will seek a fifth term as Tajik president, setting rumors of a familial succession aside for now.
ADB Plans $323 Million in Grants for Tajikistan in 2021-2023
August 26, 2020

ADB Plans $323 Million in Grants for Tajikistan in 2021-2023

By Catherine Putz
Given the devastation of the pandemic, the bank’s increased grants plans for Tajikistan are critical. But will it be enough?

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