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Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Turkmenistan’s Digital Transformation 
July 20, 2021

Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Turkmenistan’s Digital Transformation 

By Rustam Muhamedov
As the Turkmen president’s son continues his tour of top government positions, digitalization remains a critical priority for the regime. 

Concerns Rise as Kyrgyzstan Enacts New NGO Controls
July 15, 2021

Concerns Rise as Kyrgyzstan Enacts New NGO Controls

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan has added additional reporting requirements for NGOs in the name of financial transparency, but opportunities for misuse concern activists and foreign governments.
Envisioning Central Asia’s Green Recovery 
June 26, 2021

Envisioning Central Asia’s Green Recovery 

By Anna Bjerde
For Central Asia, a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery opens great opportunities for prosperity.

Kyrgyzstan Reviewing Entry Bans on Rittmann and Rickleton
June 10, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Reviewing Entry Bans on Rittmann and Rickleton

By Catherine Putz
In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov wrote that he has ordered a review of entry bans imposed on journalist Chris Rickleton and human rights researcher Mihra Rittmann.

What Does the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Mean for Central Asia?
May 25, 2021

What Does the US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Mean for Central Asia?

By Iskander Akylbayev and Nurtas Janibekov
The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan may produce new security threats, but there will be economic consequences as well. 

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?

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