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Russia, Central Asian States Worry About Instability in Afghanistan
May 03, 2021

Russia, Central Asian States Worry About Instability in Afghanistan

By Umida Hashimova
Military officials in Russia and Central Asia agree to unite efforts as they prepare for a worsening of the situation in Afghanistan. 

China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up
April 01, 2021

China’s Central Asian Rail Investment Does Not Add Up

By Tristan Kenderdine and Péter Bucsky
China’s contribution to Central Asian rail connectivity remains miniscule.
Winter Energy Woes Bedevil Central Asia
January 13, 2021

Winter Energy Woes Bedevil Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan have all suffered in recent months from shortages and blackouts, their citizens experiencing cold nights and darkened lights.

Slow Anti-Americanism in Central Asia
January 12, 2021

Slow Anti-Americanism in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
“U.S. power can inadvertently shift politics even in regions like Central Asia where the United States is remote.”

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?
January 07, 2021

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?

By Catherine Putz
The January 2021 World Bank Global Economic Prospects report is out, heralding a “subdued” recovery for the world. How fares Central Asia?

A Look Back at 2020 in Central Asia
December 29, 2020

A Look Back at 2020 in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How did I do on my outlook for Central Asia 2020? (Spoiler: I didn't know there'd be a pandemic)

Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Coming Biden Presidency
December 17, 2020

Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Coming Biden Presidency

By Ankit Panda
Will the Biden administration finally end the U.S. presence in Afghanistan?
In the Face of Violence, Kyrgyz Woman Continue to Struggle for Justice
December 10, 2020

In the Face of Violence, Kyrgyz Woman Continue to Struggle for Justice

By Catherine Putz
Women in Kyrgyzstan continue to face significant hurdles in accessing justice when it comes to gender-based violence.

Middle Corridor Struggles to Find Its Way Across Eurasia
December 08, 2020

Middle Corridor Struggles to Find Its Way Across Eurasia

By Tristan Kenderdine
Without China’s geoeconomic policy push, there is still little economic rationale behind the development of the Middle Corridor.

Educating Central Asia, From Soviet Collapse to COVID-19
October 20, 2020

Educating Central Asia, From Soviet Collapse to COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
Vasila Bozichaeva and Emma Sabzalieva explain the development of Central Asia's education systems, and the current challenges faced.

Trouble in Kyrgyzstan: Assessing the October 2020 Crisis
October 09, 2020

Trouble in Kyrgyzstan: Assessing the October 2020 Crisis

By Ankit Panda
Catherine Putz explains the background to Kyrgyzstan’s October 2020 crisis.
Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 
September 01, 2020

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan opened a major border crossing with Uzbekistan, but will Tashkent let its citizens cross it?

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