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Chinese Private Security Moves Into Central Asia
July 03, 2019

Chinese Private Security Moves Into Central Asia

By Yau Tsz Yan
With vast investments at stake, Chinese private security firms are expanding operations in Kyrgyzstan and beyond.
Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day
June 06, 2019

Continuity and Change: Kazakhstan Hurtles Toward Election Day

By Catherine Putz
On June 9, Kazakhstan will elect its first non-Nazarbayev president.

What Is Nazarbayev’s Legacy in Kazakhstan?
June 05, 2019

What Is Nazarbayev’s Legacy in Kazakhstan?

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan’s first president resigned, but he remains fundamentally intertwined with the state.

Why the Melting of the Hindu Kush and Himalayan Glaciers Matters
May 08, 2019

Why the Melting of the Hindu Kush and Himalayan Glaciers Matters

By Nishtha Chugh
The entire region is headed for an immense climate crisis by 2100, scientists warn.

Tajik Asylum Seekers Struggle for a Sense of Security
April 12, 2019

Tajik Asylum Seekers Struggle for a Sense of Security

By Yan Matusevich
In Poland, asylum seekers from Tajikistan wrestle with insecurity and uncertainty.
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.

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