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Peace Is Easier Said Than Done in Afghanistan
March 21, 2020

Peace Is Easier Said Than Done in Afghanistan

By Ankit Panda
The U.S.-Taliban ‘leap day’ deal is proving difficult to see through, even as the Afghan government tries to move forward.
Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues
March 21, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues

By Colleen Wood
While COVID-19 dominates Kyrgyzstan’s media landscape, citizens make memes to keep now-distant social issues relevant.

Making Sense of Malaysia’s 2020 Political Tumult
March 19, 2020

Making Sense of Malaysia’s 2020 Political Tumult

By Ankit Panda
Also, the hosts discuss progress in the implementation of the February 29 U.S.-Taliban deal in Afghanistan.

Another 13 Years on Corruption Charges for Gulnara Karimova
March 18, 2020

Another 13 Years on Corruption Charges for Gulnara Karimova

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, negotiations go on between the Swiss and Uzbek governments over millions in frozen assets.

Uneven ‘Extremism’ Justice in Kyrgyzstan
March 18, 2020

Uneven ‘Extremism’ Justice in Kyrgyzstan

By Laura Mills
In Kyrgyzstan, there are people serving time for a crime no longer in the books. 
Iran Warns Virus Could Kill ‘Millions’ Within Its Borders
March 18, 2020

Iran Warns Virus Could Kill ‘Millions’ Within Its Borders

By Associated Press
The Islamic Republic issued its most serious warnings to date on the toll exacted by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Growing Russia-India-China Tensions: Splits in the RIC Strategic Triangle?
March 17, 2020

Growing Russia-India-China Tensions: Splits in the RIC Strategic Triangle?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
There are growing tensions in New Delhi’s engagement within this arrangement and its other alignments.
One Way to Look at the Overhaul in Russia? Putin Lacks a Dynastic Exit Strategy
March 17, 2020

One Way to Look at the Overhaul in Russia? Putin Lacks a Dynastic Exit Strategy

By Mike Smeltzer
Recent political moves reinforce the fact that Putin still lacks a well-placed family member to whom control could be handed, complicating his search for an exit strategy.

What’s in the First Russia-Indonesia Joint Navy Exercise Chatter?
March 17, 2020

What’s in the First Russia-Indonesia Joint Navy Exercise Chatter?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at a potential first for defense ties.

COVID-19 Arrives in Central Asia
March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Arrives in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
It was only a matter of time.

Kazakhstan Court Set To Free Prominent Political Prisoner
March 09, 2020

Kazakhstan Court Set To Free Prominent Political Prisoner

By Paolo Sorbello
Mukhtar Dzhakishev, former head of Kazakhstan's uranium company, obtained an early release decision due to his declining health.
Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker Detained After Rally in Bishkek Goes Awry
March 05, 2020

Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker Detained After Rally in Bishkek Goes Awry

By Catherine Putz
A former Kyrgyz lawmaker has been detained after a rally in support of a different jailed former parliamentarian went awry this past weekend.

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