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The Rich Merchant and the Young Bukharans
January 29, 2020

The Rich Merchant and the Young Bukharans

By Catherine Putz
The Diplomat’s Catherine Putz paid a visit to the old houses of two pivotal Bukharan figures: Fayzulla and Usmon Khodjaev.
Wuhan Coronavirus: What About Central Asia?
January 29, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus: What About Central Asia?

By Catherine Putz
There are, so far, no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Central Asia.

More TAPI Delays, This Time in Afghanistan
January 28, 2020

More TAPI Delays, This Time in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
A law on land acquisition and critical MoUs remain unsettled, TAPI's "progress" remains slow across Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan Will ‘Cooperate’ with Eurasian Economic Union
January 27, 2020

Uzbekistan Will ‘Cooperate’ with Eurasian Economic Union

By Umida Hashimova
In a state of the union address, Uzbek President said the country would engage in “cooperation” with the EAEU.

Kazakhstan Halts Sale of Contaminated Oil to China 
January 27, 2020

Kazakhstan Halts Sale of Contaminated Oil to China 

By Paolo Sorbello
Tests revealed the presence of dangerous chemicals in oil pumped from the Aktobe region and destined for to China. 
Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan
January 24, 2020

Accreditation Battle Continues Between RFE/RL and Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Four more employees - one a driver - of RFE/RL's Tajik Service have been given six-month accreditations. The press freedom battle goes on.

Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility
January 23, 2020

Uzbek Blogger Flees After Release from Psychiatric Facility

By Catherine Putz
Nafosat Olloshkurova's decision to leave Uzbekistan reflects just how far the state has yet to go with its reforms, particularly regarding free speech.
Russia’s Strategy in Central Asia: Inviting India to Balance China
January 23, 2020

Russia’s Strategy in Central Asia: Inviting India to Balance China

By Yuan Jiang
Russia’s invitation for India to link up with Eurasian Economic Union recalls the SCO expansion saga.

Countdown to Doomsday: The Asia Factor
January 23, 2020

Countdown to Doomsday: The Asia Factor

By Jon Letman
We’re now 100 seconds to midnight. How can the Asia-Pacific contribute to (or counter) doomsday?

Why Is Kyrgyzstan Being Considered for the New U.S. Travel Ban?
January 22, 2020

Why Is Kyrgyzstan Being Considered for the New U.S. Travel Ban?

By Catherine Putz
Politico reported that the Trump administration is considering expanding the controversial “travel ban” to seven more countries, including possibly Kyrgyzstan.

2 More Ethnic Kazakhs Who Fled Xinjiang Won’t Be Deported
January 22, 2020

2 More Ethnic Kazakhs Who Fled Xinjiang Won’t Be Deported

By Catherine Putz
Murager Alimuly and Qaster Musakhanuly were given one-year prison sentences, but a Kazakh court declined to deport them.
Another Ethnic Kazakh Escapes Deportation to Xinjiang
January 18, 2020

Another Ethnic Kazakh Escapes Deportation to Xinjiang

By Catherine Putz
A court in Zharkent decided to not deport Tilek Tabarikuly, another ethnic Kazakh who escaped across the border with China.

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