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Central Asia's Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan
April 11, 2018

Central Asia's Democratic Backslide Continues, Except for Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Three states in Central Asia marked declines in the 2018 Nations in Transit report; but Uzbekistan logged its first improvement since 2005.

Central Asian Echoes in Non-Democratic Politics
May 02, 2017

Central Asian Echoes in Non-Democratic Politics

By Casey Michel
Xavier Marquez’s analysis of authoritarianism doesn’t focus on Central Asia, but implications for the region are clear.
Nations in Transit: Populism and Broken Promises
April 04, 2017

Nations in Transit: Populism and Broken Promises

By Catherine Putz
The annual report again catalogs the decline of democracy across the former Soviet Union.

Central Asia Still in the Democratic Doldrums
February 24, 2017

Central Asia Still in the Democratic Doldrums

By Casey Michel
Democracy seems to be going into a global decline.

US Security Stakes in Central Asia
February 07, 2017

US Security Stakes in Central Asia

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Erica Marat.  

Election Whitewashing, Uzbekistan Edition
December 07, 2016

Election Whitewashing, Uzbekistan Edition

By Casey Michel
A smattering of Western actors found their way to Uzbekistan to offer paeans to Tashkent’s political system.

Central Asia: Nations (No Longer) in Transit
April 13, 2016

Central Asia: Nations (No Longer) in Transit

By Catherine Putz
Freedom House’s annual report marks 12 years of democratic declines.
Kazakhstan’s Snap Elections: Watching the Watchers
February 04, 2016

Kazakhstan’s Snap Elections: Watching the Watchers

By Casey Michel
Not all election monitors were created equal.

What You Should Know About Kyrgyzstan’s Election
October 03, 2015

What You Should Know About Kyrgyzstan’s Election

By Catherine Putz
As Kyrgyz head to the polls this weekend, read up on the election.

Kyrgyz Increasingly Disillusioned with Political and Economic Stall
October 02, 2015

Kyrgyz Increasingly Disillusioned with Political and Economic Stall

By Casey Michel
A new International Crisis Group report says Kyrgyzstan is on an uncertain trajectory.

Why Has Kyrgyzstan’s Election Generated Odd Party Mergers?
October 02, 2015

Why Has Kyrgyzstan’s Election Generated Odd Party Mergers?

By Catherine Putz
The Kyrgyz election system is, in part, set up to result in strange bedfellows.
Kyrgyzstan, the Mouse that Roared?
September 04, 2015

Kyrgyzstan, the Mouse that Roared?

By Catherine Putz
Bishkek demands a little more respect for its democratic progress, but all is not lost in the US-Kyrgyz relationship.

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