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Uzbek Company Falls Afoul of Russia Sanctions 
June 30, 2022

Uzbek Company Falls Afoul of Russia Sanctions 

By Catherine Putz
In listing an Uzbekistan-based company, the U.S. State Department has a warning: “If you do business with sanctioned entities or individuals, you risk exposure to sanctions.”

Busy Times in Iran-Central Asia Relations
June 24, 2022

Busy Times in Iran-Central Asia Relations

By Francisco Olmos
Despite past tensions, the security and economic ties between the two regions have strengthened over the past year.
Geopolitics and China’s Engagement in Central Asia
June 09, 2022

Geopolitics and China’s Engagement in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Beijing might say that there's no geopolitics wrapped up in its regional engagements, but it's plain to see.

Rising Soviet Nostalgia in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan’s Young Pioneers
June 01, 2022

Rising Soviet Nostalgia in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan’s Young Pioneers

By Colleen Wood
The seemingly benign commemoration of a Soviet-era youth organization speaks to bigger debates about Kyrgyzstan’s identity.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Lessons for Taiwan
April 29, 2022

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Lessons for Taiwan

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has limited relevance for understanding the risks of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

Central Asia Sides With Russia in UN Human Rights Council Vote
April 08, 2022

Central Asia Sides With Russia in UN Human Rights Council Vote

By Catherine Putz
The resolution to expel Russia passed, but the region’s vote against it highlights the difficulty and complexity of Central Asia's position. 

A More Integrated Future? Mapping Central Asian Optimism
March 31, 2022

A More Integrated Future? Mapping Central Asian Optimism

By Elizabeth Woods and Thomas Baker
There’s a clear need for meaningful integration and cooperation in Central Asia, and public optimism for it. So what’s holding the region back?
Should Central Asia Be Concerned About the War in Ukraine?
March 15, 2022

Should Central Asia Be Concerned About the War in Ukraine?

By Catherine Putz
"Everyone should be concerned," says Dr. Erica Marat, about Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Putin's wider aims.

How Will the War in Ukraine Affect Central Asian Remittance Flows?
March 08, 2022

How Will the War in Ukraine Affect Central Asian Remittance Flows?

By Catherine Putz
In 2022, Central Asia was supposed to see slight growth in remittances. Thanks to Russia’s war in Ukraine, remittances are expected to drop dramatically instead.

More Than Just Grains of Rice: Shedding Light on Community and Precarity in Kyrgyzstan’s Batken
March 03, 2022

More Than Just Grains of Rice: Shedding Light on Community and Precarity in Kyrgyzstan’s Batken

By Colleen Wood
In farming communities in Batken, rice is not just a pantry staple or cultural symbol; its planting and harvesting determines the rhythm of life.

A Look Back at 2021 in Central Asia
December 28, 2021

A Look Back at 2021 in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How did I do on my outlook for Central Asia 2021? 
No Place for Afghan Refugees in Central Asia
November 29, 2021

No Place for Afghan Refugees in Central Asia

By Umida Hashimova
Even financial compensation can’t lure Central Asian countries into accepting Afghan refugees.

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