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Can a ‘Silk Visa’ Boost Tourism in Central Asia?
January 15, 2019
Can a ‘Silk Visa’ Boost Tourism in Central Asia?
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are expected to introduce a common visa, a boon to travelers in the region.
Can a ‘Silk Visa’ Boost Tourism in Central Asia?
Bar Brawl Death Touches Off Caustic Ethnic Tension Debate in Kazakhstan
January 08, 2019
Bar Brawl Death Touches Off Caustic Ethnic Tension Debate in Kazakhstan
The facts of the initial fight, in which a young man was killed, have been entirely eclipsed by the politics of nationalism.
Bar Brawl Death Touches Off Caustic Ethnic Tension Debate in Kazakhstan
To Russia or Turkey? A Central Asian Migrant Worker’s Big Choice
January 02, 2019
To Russia or Turkey? A Central Asian Migrant Worker’s Big Choice
As the appeal of the Russian labor market has decreased, Turkey has become a more attractive option.
To Russia or Turkey? A Central Asian Migrant Worker’s Big Choice
The Kok Zhailau Problem and Kazakh Civil Society
December 25, 2018
The Kok Zhailau Problem and Kazakh Civil Society
Plans to build a ski resort on a national park in Kazakhstan have been met with local resistance.
The Kok Zhailau Problem and Kazakh Civil Society
Who Postponed the CSTO Summit?
December 06, 2018
Who Postponed the CSTO Summit?
It's a he-said, he-said situation but the meaning is clear: All is not well in the CSTO
Who Postponed the CSTO Summit?
What Comes After the Caspian Sea Deal?
December 05, 2018
What Comes After the Caspian Sea Deal?
Successful realization of the opportunities opened by the deal will depend on political will among the Caspian littoral states.
What Comes After the Caspian Sea Deal?
Kazakhstan's Ever-Shrinking Political Arena
December 05, 2018
Kazakhstan's Ever-Shrinking Political Arena
Kazakhstan’s political arena has little room for new parties or old foes.
Kazakhstan's Ever-Shrinking Political Arena
Central Asians Organize to Draw Attention to Xinjiang Camps
December 04, 2018
Central Asians Organize to Draw Attention to Xinjiang Camps
Efforts in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to garner attention on the Xinjiang camps have grown, but still to little effect.
Central Asians Organize to Draw Attention to Xinjiang Camps
All Along the Irtysh River Basin
November 21, 2018
All Along the Irtysh River Basin
Running across China, Kazakhstan, and Russia, the Irtysh carries with it a host of difficulties from floods to pollution.
All Along the Irtysh River Basin
Paul Stronski on Central Asia's Big Questions
November 20, 2018
Paul Stronski on Central Asia's Big Questions
A discussion of Central Asia's hottest topics from Uzbekistan’s reforms to Kazakh succession and China's Belt and Road.
Paul Stronski on Central Asia's Big Questions
It’s Time to De-Sovietize Our Perspective on Central Asia
November 16, 2018
It’s Time to De-Sovietize Our Perspective on Central Asia
The use of “former Soviet” to refer to Central Asia can be blinding, distracting from the realizing that the region isn't static.
It’s Time to De-Sovietize Our Perspective on Central Asia
Central Asia Gassing Up China
November 07, 2018
Central Asia Gassing Up China
Kazakhstan looks to increase its natural gas exports to China, and Turkmenistan may be gaining an old customer back.
Central Asia Gassing Up China
A Risky Choice: Rakhimov Elected President of Amateur Boxing Federation
November 06, 2018
A Risky Choice: Rakhimov Elected President of Amateur Boxing Federation
The IOC, responding to Rakhimov’s election, expressed “grave” concern over judging scandals, anti-doping, and governance.
A Risky Choice: Rakhimov Elected President of Amateur Boxing Federation
2 Central Asians and the Future of Olympic Boxing
October 31, 2018
2 Central Asians and the Future of Olympic Boxing
A Kazakh boxing legend and an Uzbek businessman face off for leadership of the scandal-ridden International Boxing Association.
2 Central Asians and the Future of Olympic Boxing
Who Will Run Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan?
October 30, 2018
Who Will Run Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan?
At 78, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev is the region's oldest leader. Naturally, speculation abounds about a successor.
Who Will Run Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan?
Kazakhstan Prepares Roadshows as Privatization Lags Behind
October 29, 2018
Kazakhstan Prepares Roadshows as Privatization Lags Behind
Both the schedule and prospects for selling state assets in Kazakhstan seem as unstable as ever.
Kazakhstan Prepares Roadshows as Privatization Lags Behind
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