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Russia Ratifies Agreement With Tajikistan on Labor Migrants
January 03, 2020

Russia Ratifies Agreement With Tajikistan on Labor Migrants

By Catherine Putz
The agreement attempts to organize the recruitment of Tajik labor migrants who work seasonally in Russia.
Trouble in the Middle East Prompts Pompeo to Postpone Eastern Europe, Central Asia Trip
January 02, 2020

Trouble in the Middle East Prompts Pompeo to Postpone Eastern Europe, Central Asia Trip

By Catherine Putz
Once again, U.S. foreign policy engagements elsewhere in the world are truncated because of trouble in the Middle East.

What to Expect from US Secretary of State Pompeo’s Upcoming Visit to Central Asia
December 31, 2019

What to Expect from US Secretary of State Pompeo’s Upcoming Visit to Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
After visits to Ukraine and Belarus early in the new year, Pompeo will touch down in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Turkey Seeks Extradition of 2 Gulen School Employees From Kyrgyzstan
December 31, 2019

Turkey Seeks Extradition of 2 Gulen School Employees From Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Two employees of the re-named Sapat school network are reportedly in detention. A Bishkek court has stalled their extradition.

Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List
December 30, 2019

Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan's Khorazm dance, Kyrgyzstan's kalpak, and Turkmenistan's carpets all notched spots on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List
12 Killed, Dozens Hurt After Plane Crashes in Kazakhstan
December 27, 2019

12 Killed, Dozens Hurt After Plane Crashes in Kazakhstan

By Associated Press
The morning crash took place shortly after takeoff near Almaty, Kazakhstan.

What Happened at the Kyrgyz President’s End of Year Press Conference?
December 27, 2019

What Happened at the Kyrgyz President’s End of Year Press Conference?

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s president discussed hot topics -- corruption, development, free speech -- at his second annual press conference.
Of Concerns and Waivers: Religious Freedom and US Interests in Central Asia
December 27, 2019

Of Concerns and Waivers: Religious Freedom and US Interests in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were once again designated as  “Countries of Particular Concern” for violations of religious freedom.

A Look Back at 2019 in Central Asia
December 26, 2019

A Look Back at 2019 in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How did I do on my outlook for Central Asia 2019?

20 Years of Russia’s Institutionalism in Eurasia
December 26, 2019

20 Years of Russia’s Institutionalism in Eurasia

By Janko Šćepanović
What is Russia trying to accomplish with the CSTO, SCO, and EAEU?

Asia in 2020: Trends, Risks, and Geopolitics
December 24, 2019

Asia in 2020: Trends, Risks, and Geopolitics

By Ankit Panda
What lies ahead for the Asia-Pacific region in 2020?
Kazakhstan’s Authorities Draw a Line During Independence Day Protests 
December 24, 2019

Kazakhstan’s Authorities Draw a Line During Independence Day Protests 

By Paolo Sorbello
The goalposts keep moving as President Tokayev promised reforms that would make it easier for political and civic activists to plan rallies.

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