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To Withstand Global Shocks, Uzbekistan Needs to Continue Reforms and Build an Inclusive Market Economy
November 01, 2022

To Withstand Global Shocks, Uzbekistan Needs to Continue Reforms and Build an Inclusive Market Economy

By Anna Bjerde
Uzbekistan has made impressive development gains over the past five years by relentlessly pursuing the path of market-oriented reforms. 

New Military Doctrine Strengthens Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Posture
October 25, 2022

New Military Doctrine Strengthens Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Posture

By Gregory Gleason
The new version of Kazakhstan’s military doctrine signals that Astana intends to hold fast to the principles of national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Russia’s War in Ukraine and Its Impact on Central Asia
October 24, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine and Its Impact on Central Asia

By Yunis Sharifli, Chia-Lin Kao , and Bermet Derbishova
The war’s negative impacts on regional economies outweigh any incidental benefits, and Central Asians know it.

The Most Important Shanghai Cooperation Summit Ever?
September 23, 2022

The Most Important Shanghai Cooperation Summit Ever?

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
The SCO meets at a time of geopolitical flux in the Asian heartland. What’s the significance?

Russia’s War in Ukraine the Backdrop to Pope’s Kazakh Visit 
September 13, 2022

Russia’s War in Ukraine the Backdrop to Pope’s Kazakh Visit 

By Nicole Winfield and Kostya Manenkov
The most noteworthy aspects of Pope Francis' visit to Kazakhstan might be the missed opportunities.

Central Asia to Host Xi Jinping on First Foreign Trip Since 2020
September 07, 2022

Central Asia to Host Xi Jinping on First Foreign Trip Since 2020

By Catherine Putz
Xi is expected to travel to Kazakhstan on September 14 and then travel to Uzbekistan for the SCO summit, where he will meet with Russian President Putin.

Taliban Again Demands Return of Afghan Aircraft in Central Asia
September 01, 2022

Taliban Again Demands Return of Afghan Aircraft in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. position on the matter hasn't budged: Afghan aircraft outside the country are unlikely to be flown back into Taliban hands.
Islamic State Khorasan’s Expanded Vision in South and Central Asia
August 26, 2022

Islamic State Khorasan’s Expanded Vision in South and Central Asia

By Lucas Webber and Riccardo Valle
The expansion of ISKP propaganda outreach, recruitment, and fundraising efforts may have significant security implications for countries in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and possibly beyond. 

How Kyrgyzstan Is Losing its Transparency
August 24, 2022

How Kyrgyzstan Is Losing its Transparency

By Ekaterina Reznikova and Aidai Irgebaeva
Kyrgyzstan’s government, long known as Central Asia’s most democratic, is becoming less and less transparent — and the country’s once-active civil society appears unconcerned.

Uzbek Government Warns Citizens in Russia Against Joining Ukraine War
August 12, 2022

Uzbek Government Warns Citizens in Russia Against Joining Ukraine War

By Catherine Putz
The warning came after a video surfaced of a migrant leader in the Russian city of Perm urging compatriots form a “volunteer battalion.”

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway: Opportunities and Challenges for China
July 15, 2022

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway: Opportunities and Challenges for China

By Yunis Sharifli
While the hope is for the CKU route to begin construction in 2023, there remain significant challenges to realizing the railway.
Russia’s War Puts Central Asia’s Economies in a Difficult Position
July 14, 2022

Russia’s War Puts Central Asia’s Economies in a Difficult Position

By Catherine Putz
The states of Central Asia were, unsurprisingly, on a recent list of possible  “transshipment points” Russia and Belarus may use to evade sanctions.

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