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Kyrgyzstan Effectively Suspends Visas for Pakistan, India Amid Afghanistan Stress
September 07, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Effectively Suspends Visas for Pakistan, India Amid Afghanistan Stress

By Catherine Putz
A pandemic-related influx of Pakistani and other South Asian travelers mixed with Afghanistan worries to produce a xenophobic backlash on social media.
Why Is Iran So Keen on Joining the SCO?
September 07, 2021

Why Is Iran So Keen on Joining the SCO?

By Fardin Eftekhari
Iran’s full membership in the Shanghai Corporation Organization has become a perceived necessity for Tehran’s foreign policy goals. But will it actually help?

The Barriers to China-Iran Military Diplomacy
September 03, 2021

The Barriers to China-Iran Military Diplomacy

By Masoud Rezaei
An Iranian perspective on how far China and Iran can take their defense ties.

Kyrgyzstan Wiretapped Activists, Lawyers, MPs
September 02, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Wiretapped Activists, Lawyers, MPs

By Catherine Putz
The Interior Ministry justified the wiretaps as part of investigations into the October 2020 unrest.

Don’t Underestimate Tajikistan in the Afghanistan Crisis
September 02, 2021

Don’t Underestimate Tajikistan in the Afghanistan Crisis

By Ivan U. Klyszcz
By virtue of geography, Dushanbe is a critical actor in the international community’s ongoing engagement with Afghanistan.
Japan and Kazakhstan: Partners in Nuclear Disarmament
September 02, 2021

Japan and Kazakhstan: Partners in Nuclear Disarmament

By Marin Ekstrom
Tokyo and Nur-Sultan share a commitment to nuclear non-proliferation rooted in their first-hand experiences with the trauma of nuclear weapons.

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Hedge on Afghan Refugees
August 31, 2021

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Hedge on Afghan Refugees

By Catherine Putz
Both countries have been willing to take some Afghan refugees in, but only temporarily. 
Inflation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels Labor Unrest in Kazakhstan
August 31, 2021

Inflation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Fuels Labor Unrest in Kazakhstan

By Elvira Kalmurzaeva
In the first half of 2021, there were more strikes in Kazakhstan than in the entire 2018 to 2020 period.

SOS Taldykol: Art and Activism in in Kazakhstan
August 31, 2021

SOS Taldykol: Art and Activism in in Kazakhstan

By Colleen Wood
Activists in Nur-Sultan are working to protect a reservoir from destruction, but can they be successful?

Will Kyrgyzstan’s ‘False Information’ Law Threaten Free Speech?
August 26, 2021

Will Kyrgyzstan’s ‘False Information’ Law Threaten Free Speech?

By Catherine Putz
Japarov signed the bill passed by the parliament last month, but many questions remain about how it will be implemented.

Tajikistan Won’t Recognize a Taliban-Only Afghan Government
August 25, 2021

Tajikistan Won’t Recognize a Taliban-Only Afghan Government

By Catherine Putz
After talks with Pakistan’s foreign minister, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon stressed the need for an inclusive Afghan government, particularly including ethnic Tajiks.
Russia Fearmongering About Afghan Refugees
August 24, 2021

Russia Fearmongering About Afghan Refugees

By Catherine Putz
Putin is warning of “militants under the guise of refugees” in an effort to dissuade Central Asian states from cooperating with U.S. evacuation efforts.

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