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Emomali in Paris: Tajikistan, Europe, and the Afghanistan Problem
October 20, 2021

Emomali in Paris: Tajikistan, Europe, and the Afghanistan Problem

By Catherine Putz
With no regional options for truly “like-minded” partners, France seems to be settling on Tajikistan as the best bet.

How Do Central Asians View the Taliban?
October 05, 2021

How Do Central Asians View the Taliban?

By Catherine Putz
Phone survey work in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in August and September underscores general discomfort with the topic of Afghanistan.
Report: Putin Suggested US Use Russian Bases in Central Asia
September 28, 2021

Report: Putin Suggested US Use Russian Bases in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
A new Wall Street Journal report suggests that Putin offered Russian bases for the U.S. to use to monitor Afghanistan. It’s not at all clear if the offer was genuine. 

Revitalizing US Diplomatic Engagement With Central Asia 
September 24, 2021

Revitalizing US Diplomatic Engagement With Central Asia 

By Richard E. Hoagland and Michael S. Repass
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan underscores the need for an enhanced diplomatic approach to the region.

What Explains Tajikistan’s Evolving Position on Afghan Refugees?
September 22, 2021

What Explains Tajikistan’s Evolving Position on Afghan Refugees?

By Umida Hashimova
In late July, a Tajik official said the country had the capacity to accept 100,000 Afghan refugees. Since then, Dushanbe has fallen into the broader, anti-refugee Central Asian line.

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?
August 12, 2021

3rd Meeting of Central Asian Leaders: A Small Step Toward the Formation of a Regional Order?

By Filippo Costa Buranelli
Presidential meetings in Central Asia are often dismissed for a lack of concrete results and for their exclusively ceremonial character. But there are good reasons to take the latest meeting seriously.

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment
August 10, 2021

Afghanistan and Central Asia’s ASEAN Moment

By Moez Hayat
The Central Asian republics can learn from the experience of Southeast Asia and use the crisis in Afghanistan to spur forward regional cooperation at a time of great power competition. 
The Fight for Afghanistan’s Future
August 06, 2021

The Fight for Afghanistan’s Future

By Ankit Panda
What lies ahead for Afghanistan as the United States withdraws and fighting between the Taliban and the government intensifies?

Central Asian Leaders Set to Meet in Turkmenistan for Third Consultative Meeting
August 05, 2021

Central Asian Leaders Set to Meet in Turkmenistan for Third Consultative Meeting

By Catherine Putz
Following summits in 2018 and 2019, the 2021 meeting comes amid a great number of regional difficulties and concerns.

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.

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