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Escalating Conflict on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border: Whither the Regional Security Order?
September 22, 2022

Escalating Conflict on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border: Whither the Regional Security Order?

By Asel Doolotkeldieva and Madeleine Reeves
Conflicts have intensified across the former Soviet Union, now in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It’s a worrying and disillusioning development for the region. 

More than a ‘Border Skirmish’ Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
September 19, 2022

More than a ‘Border Skirmish’ Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

By Aijan Sharshenova
The recent outbreak of hostilities on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border represents a dangerous escalation from previous tension and skirmishes to a distinct act of aggression.
New Head for UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan: Kyrgyzstan’s Roza Otunbayeva
September 06, 2022

New Head for UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan: Kyrgyzstan’s Roza Otunbayeva

By Catherine Putz
The choice of Otunbayeva reflects the UN’s ongoing concern about the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.

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.

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan Inch Closer to Settling Border
August 09, 2022

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan Inch Closer to Settling Border

By Catherine Putz
Settling a border is not an easy task, but Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan seem to be entering the final phases of doing so.

Child Rape Case Sparks Protests in Kyrgyzstan
July 08, 2022

Child Rape Case Sparks Protests in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Although the protests were small in scale, activists continue to make strident pleas for President Japarov to address the plight of women and girls in Kyrgyzstan.

Central Asia’s Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women
June 16, 2022

Central Asia’s Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women

By Niginakhon Uralova and Svetlana Dzardanova
Restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 inadvertently sparked a rise in violence against women and girls in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
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.

Kumtor: Kyrgyz Court Cancels $3.2 Billion Fine on Departing Canadian Mining Firm Centerra
May 28, 2022

Kumtor: Kyrgyz Court Cancels $3.2 Billion Fine on Departing Canadian Mining Firm Centerra

By Catherine Putz
The contentious saga of Kumtor Gold Mine is one step closer to completion.

Can the Eurasian Economic Union Survive Putin?
May 26, 2022

Can the Eurasian Economic Union Survive Putin?

By Catherine Putz
If the EAEU is simply an economic project, the current circumstances will strain its relevance as members suffer the consequences of close ties to the Russian economy.

Hearings Begin in Case Against Kyrgyz Journalist Temirov and Singer Nazarov 
May 25, 2022

Hearings Begin in Case Against Kyrgyz Journalist Temirov and Singer Nazarov 

By Catherine Putz
As preliminary hearings began last week, Temirov discovered that his Kyrgyz passport had been canceled already.
Public Opinion on China Waning in Central Asia
May 05, 2022

Public Opinion on China Waning in Central Asia

By Elizabeth Woods and Thomas Baker
Even as China’s economic influence expands, a credibility gap looms in Central Asia.

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