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Kumtor Case: Another Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Detained
August 03, 2021

Kumtor Case: Another Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Detained

By Catherine Putz
With another former prime minister arrested, the Kumtor case grows. Meanwhile, some have been released and others kept in custody.
Kyrgyzstan’s First Ousted President Returns to Cooperate With Kumtor Investigation
August 03, 2021

Kyrgyzstan’s First Ousted President Returns to Cooperate With Kumtor Investigation

By Catherine Putz
After 16 years, Askar Akayev returned to Kyrgyzstan in connection with the Kyrgyz state’s growing case against the Canadian mining company Centerra Gold.

Learning From Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections
May 01, 2021

Learning From Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections

By Colleen Wood
Local elections provide a window into the state of Kyrgyz politics – and what might come next in the three decade-long game of political musical chairs.

Low Turnout for a Strong President: Kyrgyzstan Approves New Constitution 
April 12, 2021

Low Turnout for a Strong President: Kyrgyzstan Approves New Constitution 

By Catherine Putz
The indifference of many and the votes of some have ushered in Kyrgyzstan’s next political phase: a return to strong presidentialism. 

Countdown to Another Election Day in Kyrgyzstan: April 11
April 06, 2021

Countdown to Another Election Day in Kyrgyzstan: April 11

By Catherine Putz
The April 11 vote covers 420 village council elections and 28 town and city council elections, plus a controversial constitutional referendum.
Local Council Elections a Big Test for Kyrgyzstan’s 2019 Gender Quota Law
March 26, 2021

Local Council Elections a Big Test for Kyrgyzstan’s 2019 Gender Quota Law

By Colleen Wood
The gender quota in local councils is no panacea, but it is an important step in creating the capacity to address the challenges women face in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan Expected to Greenlight Controversial Constitutional Referendum
March 09, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Expected to Greenlight Controversial Constitutional Referendum

By Catherine Putz
The referendum, the second this year, is likely to be set for April 11.
Kyrgyzstan Tumbles in Freedom of the World Ranking
March 03, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Tumbles in Freedom of the World Ranking

By Catherine Putz
On the back of its October 2020 upheaval and the ensuring political drama, Kyrgyzstan fell into the “not free” category with the rest of the region.

Understanding Pressure on Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan
March 02, 2021

Understanding Pressure on Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
A new report outlines Kyrgyzstan's challenges, with an eye on helping Western partners recalibrate their engagement with the country.

Pay Attention to Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections 
February 26, 2021

Pay Attention to Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections 

By Colleen Wood
Local polls scheduled for April 11 will offer clues about the country’s future political trajectory.

Discussing Kyrgyzstan’s Political Drama with Kadyr Toktogulov
February 16, 2021

Discussing Kyrgyzstan’s Political Drama with Kadyr Toktogulov

By Catherine Putz
After a tumultuous 2020, Kyrgyzstan faces continued political and economic challenges in 2021.
Lack of Transparency Marks Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Reform Quest
January 29, 2021

Lack of Transparency Marks Kyrgyzstan’s Constitutional Reform Quest

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan’s new president wants to open a “new page in history” with constitutional reform, but what exactly will it look like?

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