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Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19
April 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been ringing his neighbors to coordinate and dispatching aid to Afghanistan.

More Arrests Linked to February Ethnic Violence in Kazakhstan
March 30, 2020

More Arrests Linked to February Ethnic Violence in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Kazakh authorities say 25 have been arrested in connection to deadly violence targeting the Dungan community in February.
COVID-19 Arrives in Central Asia
March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Arrives in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
It was only a matter of time.

Why the Trump Administration’s Central Asia Strategy Improves Over Its Predecessors
March 01, 2020

Why the Trump Administration’s Central Asia Strategy Improves Over Its Predecessors

By S. Frederick Starr and Svante Cornell
U.S. Central Asia policy has room to improve, but the Trump administration is steering things on the right track.

How Iran and Turkey Compete in Central Asian Trade
February 25, 2020

How Iran and Turkey Compete in Central Asian Trade

By Omid Rahimi and Ali Heydari
A closer look at how two pivotal players factor into subregional dynamics in this domain.

The US Didn’t Just Wake Up to Central Asia’s Importance
February 21, 2020

The US Didn’t Just Wake Up to Central Asia’s Importance

By Catherine Putz
No, Washington isn’t just now waking up to Central Asia as a strategic region.

Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia
February 01, 2020

Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia

By Li-Chen Sim and Farkhod Aminjonov
Belt and Road-related problems could prompt Central Asian states to re-engage more seriously with other actors.
The Real Meaning of Manizha Mania
February 01, 2020

The Real Meaning of Manizha Mania

By Colleen Wood
A Tajik-Russian singer’s new video explores the double-bind of migration and assimilation.

Report Links Ablyazov to Embattled Maltese Academic Joseph Mifsud Via Swiss Lawyer Stephan Roh
January 31, 2020

Report Links Ablyazov to Embattled Maltese Academic Joseph Mifsud Via Swiss Lawyer Stephan Roh

By Catherine Putz
A Maltese academic, a Swiss lawyer, and a fugitive Kazakh oligarch -- what could possibly be the connection?

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.

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.
All Gulnara’s Things: Karimov’s Daughter Again on Trial
January 14, 2020

All Gulnara’s Things: Karimov’s Daughter Again on Trial

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, Uzbek officials are reportedly searching Karimova’s Swiss mansion for stolen treasures.

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