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How Iran and Turkey Compete in Central Asian Trade
February 25, 2020

How Iran and Turkey Compete in Central Asian Trade

By Omid Rahimi and Ali Heydari
A closer look at how two pivotal players factor into subregional dynamics in this domain.
Arrests at Rallies as Kazakhstan Contemplates New Protest Law 
February 25, 2020

Arrests at Rallies as Kazakhstan Contemplates New Protest Law 

By Catherine Putz
As many as 200 were arrested for attending a pair of unsanctioned rallies. Meanwhile, a proposed law promises more of the same.

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: An Open Field
February 25, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: An Open Field

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan will have parliamentary elections in October; party fractionalization means the race is anyone’s game.

Demolitions Threaten Uzbekistan’s Historical Heritage
February 20, 2020

Demolitions Threaten Uzbekistan’s Historical Heritage

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
With development mushrooming across Uzbekistan, the country's historic quarters are at risk.

Kyrgyz-Chinese Joint Venture Scrapped After Protests
February 20, 2020

Kyrgyz-Chinese Joint Venture Scrapped After Protests

By Catherine Putz
A deal with China to build a $275 million logistics center in Naryn region has been cancelled. 
Is Kazakhstan Nipping Opposition in the Bud?
February 19, 2020

Is Kazakhstan Nipping Opposition in the Bud?

By Catherine Putz
Arrests and arson delay Kazakh opposition groups from gathering.

William Seitz on Uzbekistan’s Propiska Problem
February 19, 2020

William Seitz on Uzbekistan’s Propiska Problem

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan has one of the lowest rates of internal migration in the world, in part due to its registration system.
Before and Beyond 5G: Central Asia’s Huawei Connections
February 19, 2020

Before and Beyond 5G: Central Asia’s Huawei Connections

By Umida Hashimova
Huawei and Central Asian countries have special and long-lasting relations that are here to stay. 

A New Era of Strategic Partnership: The US Engages to Find Opportunities in Central Asia
February 13, 2020

A New Era of Strategic Partnership: The US Engages to Find Opportunities in Central Asia

By Kristen Cheriegate
Central Asia will generally welcome -- and want -- U.S. attention, but will want a degree of circumspection.

Kyrgyz Customs Officer Reportedly Under Investigation
February 13, 2020

Kyrgyz Customs Officer Reportedly Under Investigation

By Catherine Putz
A customs official named in the bombshell OCCRP, RFE/RL, and Kloop investigation last year is reportedly under official investigation.

Turkmenistan President’s Son Appointed Minister
February 13, 2020

Turkmenistan President’s Son Appointed Minister

By Catherine Putz
Given Serdar’s trajectory, it’s hard not to believe he’s heading for the presidency once day.
Violence in Kazakhstan Turns Deadly for Dungans 
February 11, 2020

Violence in Kazakhstan Turns Deadly for Dungans 

By Paolo Sorbello
Ten were killed in clashes that followed ethnic lines, but betrayed long-standing socioeconomic dissatisfaction.

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