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Is There Room in ‘New Kazakhstan’ For New Political Parties?
June 14, 2022

Is There Room in ‘New Kazakhstan’ For New Political Parties?

By Catherine Putz
The troubles of Zhanbolat Mamai make it clear that Kazakh authorities have little interest in genuine political competition.
Geopolitics and China’s Engagement in Central Asia
June 09, 2022

Geopolitics and China’s Engagement in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Beijing might say that there's no geopolitics wrapped up in its regional engagements, but it's plain to see.

Homophobia Feeds Corruption, Abuse in Uzbekistan
June 09, 2022

Homophobia Feeds Corruption, Abuse in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan’s LGBTQ community faces discrimination and violence, but the criminalization of sexual relations between men also generates opportunities for extortion and further abuse.

Is China Hitting Back at India’s INSTC Plans?
June 06, 2022

Is China Hitting Back at India’s INSTC Plans?

By Nima Khorrami
A recent trip by China’s defense minister featured key stops on the planned International North South Transport Corridor, India’s answer to the Belt and Road.

Kazakhstan Leaves ‘Elbasy’ Behind, Approves Constitutional Referendum
June 06, 2022

Kazakhstan Leaves ‘Elbasy’ Behind, Approves Constitutional Referendum

By Catherine Putz
With 77 percent voting to approve constitutional changes that nix the "leader of the nation," Nazarbayev's star has truly faded in Kazakhstan.
Uzbekistan’s Journalists: ‘Censorship in Our Minds and Hearts’ 
June 03, 2022

Uzbekistan’s Journalists: ‘Censorship in Our Minds and Hearts’ 

By Cheryl L. Reed
Phone calls, smear campaigns and personal visits: How the State Security Services intimidate Uzbekistan's journalists

Uzbekistan’s Soviet Legacy Lives on in Its Treatment of Journalists
June 03, 2022

Uzbekistan’s Soviet Legacy Lives on in Its Treatment of Journalists

By Cheryl L. Reed
The State Security Services threaten, intimidate, and pressure journalists to avoid certain topics and delete certain stories.
Will Turkmenistan Join the World Trade Organization?
June 02, 2022

Will Turkmenistan Join the World Trade Organization?

By Merdan Amanov
Ashgabat formally applied for WTO membership in late 2021. What will it take for Turkmenistan to gain membership?

Rising Soviet Nostalgia in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan’s Young Pioneers
June 01, 2022

Rising Soviet Nostalgia in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan’s Young Pioneers

By Colleen Wood
The seemingly benign commemoration of a Soviet-era youth organization speaks to bigger debates about Kyrgyzstan’s identity.

Kumtor: Kyrgyz Court Cancels $3.2 Billion Fine on Departing Canadian Mining Firm Centerra
May 28, 2022

Kumtor: Kyrgyz Court Cancels $3.2 Billion Fine on Departing Canadian Mining Firm Centerra

By Catherine Putz
The contentious saga of Kumtor Gold Mine is one step closer to completion.

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Implications for Kazakhstan’s Energy Sector
May 27, 2022

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Implications for Kazakhstan’s Energy Sector

By Sophia Nina Burna-Asefi
If Kazakhstan’s multi-vector foreign -- and energy -- policies are to be successful, Tokayev will need to shrewdly balance the country’s partners.  
The Language of the China-Russia Soft Power Rivalry in Uzbekistan
May 26, 2022

The Language of the China-Russia Soft Power Rivalry in Uzbekistan

By Niginakhon Uralova
The China-Russia soft power rivalry in Uzbekistan plays out most clearly via language and education programs.

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