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Bruce Pannier on Change in Central Asia
March 26, 2019

Bruce Pannier on Change in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
In 1990, Bruce Pannier first went to Central Asia -- what was it like and what’s changed since then?
Is This the End of the Nazarbayev Era?
March 20, 2019

Is This the End of the Nazarbayev Era?

By Catherine Putz
Not quite, but the denouement has surely begun.

Is This the Closing of the Kazakh Window Into Xinjiang?
March 11, 2019

Is This the Closing of the Kazakh Window Into Xinjiang?

By Catherine Putz
With the arrest of Serikzhan Bilash, a movement that gave the world a view into the Xinjiang crisis has an uncertain future.

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Central Asia Is Reconnecting With Itself
February 21, 2019

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Central Asia Is Reconnecting With Itself

By Austen Dowell
Mapping newly created, resurrected, and proposed transport routes across Central Asia provides insight into regional connectivity drives.

Finding Kazakhstan’s Troll Farms
February 20, 2019

Finding Kazakhstan’s Troll Farms

By Nazira Kozhanova
Nurbots fill comment sections across the Kazakh internet. They may not be convincing but they pollute online discourse.
Sarah Cameron: Famine and Unimaginable Sorrow in Soviet Kazakhstan
January 22, 2019

Sarah Cameron: Famine and Unimaginable Sorrow in Soviet Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
A discussion of Soviet policy, a devastating famine, and the making of Kazakhstan.

The Kok Zhailau Problem and Kazakh Civil Society
December 25, 2018

The Kok Zhailau Problem and Kazakh Civil Society

By Nazira Kozhanova
Plans to build a ski resort on a national park in Kazakhstan have been met with local resistance.
Understanding Turkmenistan’s Food Shortages
December 13, 2018

Understanding Turkmenistan’s Food Shortages

By Ryskeldi Satke
Turkmen activist-in-exile Fareed Tukhbatullin explains the “deplorable” economic reality in his home country.

What a US-Iran War Means for Afghanistan and Uzbekistan
December 13, 2018

What a US-Iran War Means for Afghanistan and Uzbekistan

By Nicholas Trickett
U.S. coercive pressure on Iran works against Uzbekistan’s regional interests and the stability of Afghanistan.

All Along the Irtysh River Basin
November 21, 2018

All Along the Irtysh River Basin

By Nicholas Muller
Running across China, Kazakhstan, and Russia, the Irtysh carries with it a host of difficulties from floods to pollution.

Who Will Run Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan?
October 30, 2018

Who Will Run Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan?

By Natalie Hall
At 78, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev is the region's oldest leader. Naturally, speculation abounds about a successor.
Turn in the Two-Faced: The Plight of Uyghur Intellectuals
October 12, 2018

Turn in the Two-Faced: The Plight of Uyghur Intellectuals

By Mamtimin Ala
China’s fight against Uyghur intellectuals in the name of 'two-facedness.'

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