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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?

Divergent Diplomatic Paths on Belarus Across the Former Soviet Union
September 01, 2020

Divergent Diplomatic Paths on Belarus Across the Former Soviet Union

By Catherine Putz
The states of the former USSR have taken divergent paths -- some congratulating, some condemning -- in response to the election and protests in Belarus.

As Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day, Poet Calls Out Corruption
September 01, 2020

As Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day, Poet Calls Out Corruption

By Catherine Putz
At Kyrgyzstan’s muted independence day celebration, a poet-singer called out government corruption in his performance.

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia
August 28, 2020

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia

By Paolo Sorbello
The third edition of the FemAgora Central Asia festival began with online video conferences this year, as activists find new and original ways to create networks

Protest Körpe: Quilting Together ‘Real’ and Digital Dissent in Kazakhstan
August 07, 2020

Protest Körpe: Quilting Together ‘Real’ and Digital Dissent in Kazakhstan

By Colleen Wood
Creative demonstrations for an imprisoned activist in Kazakhstan bridge digital and real-world engagement.
Post-COVID, China Set to Gain in Central Asia
July 29, 2020

Post-COVID, China Set to Gain in Central Asia

By Aleksey Asiryan
Beijing is well positioned to continue growing its influence in Central Asia, though some challenges remain ahead.

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?
June 01, 2020

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan says it is COVID-19 free, but the virus, analysts say, is impacting the country whether Ashgabat admits its presence or not.

Hotel Uzbekistan Privatized to Holding in Singapore
May 30, 2020

Hotel Uzbekistan Privatized to Holding in Singapore

By Paolo Sorbello
Bashan Investment Group owns film production companies in Asia and, now, Tashkent's most recognizable building. 

Post-Pandemic Central Asia: Moving Beyond ‘Helicopter Money’
May 20, 2020

Post-Pandemic Central Asia: Moving Beyond ‘Helicopter Money’

By Gregory Gleason
Social and economic upheaval at such a scale as experienced amid the COVID-19 pandemic unavoidably entails political effects.
Can Uzbekistan Put the Uzbek Language First?
May 19, 2020

Can Uzbekistan Put the Uzbek Language First?

By Umida Hashimova
Moscow made an unprecedented comment in defense of the Russian language in Uzbekistan.

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