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Atambayev Trial Begins With Postponement
March 25, 2020

Atambayev Trial Begins With Postponement

By Catherine Putz
Just as it was finally beginning, the trial of Almazbek Atambayev was postponed.

Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues
March 21, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Meme-Makers Take on Serious Social and Political Issues

By Colleen Wood
While COVID-19 dominates Kyrgyzstan’s media landscape, citizens make memes to keep now-distant social issues relevant.
Uneven ‘Extremism’ Justice in Kyrgyzstan
March 18, 2020

Uneven ‘Extremism’ Justice in Kyrgyzstan

By Laura Mills
In Kyrgyzstan, there are people serving time for a crime no longer in the books. 

Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker Detained After Rally in Bishkek Goes Awry
March 05, 2020

Former Kyrgyz Lawmaker Detained After Rally in Bishkek Goes Awry

By Catherine Putz
A former Kyrgyz lawmaker has been detained after a rally in support of a different jailed former parliamentarian went awry this past weekend.

Tajikistan Blocks Entry of Citizens From 35 Countries Over Coronavirus Fears
March 04, 2020

Tajikistan Blocks Entry of Citizens From 35 Countries Over Coronavirus Fears

By Catherine Putz
To date, Central Asia has no confirmed cases of the virus but the region's countries are certainly concerned.

Kyrgyz-US Relations Hampered Despite New US Central Asia Strategy
February 29, 2020

Kyrgyz-US Relations Hampered Despite New US Central Asia Strategy

By Kristen Cheriegate
A visa ban for Kyrgyz citizens stems from a lack of biometric passports and poor communication, issues which can be addressed with deeper cooperation.

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: Time to Lower the Threshold?
February 28, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: Time to Lower the Threshold?

By Colleen Wood
Recent electoral reforms could incentivize corrupt campaigning, but is the answer to overhaul the new rules?
How Iran and Turkey Compete in Central Asian Trade
February 25, 2020

How Iran and Turkey Compete in Central Asian Trade

By Omid Rahimi and Ali Heydari
A closer look at how two pivotal players factor into subregional dynamics in this domain.

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: An Open Field
February 25, 2020

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliamentary Polls: An Open Field

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstan will have parliamentary elections in October; party fractionalization means the race is anyone’s game.

Kyrgyz-Chinese Joint Venture Scrapped After Protests
February 20, 2020

Kyrgyz-Chinese Joint Venture Scrapped After Protests

By Catherine Putz
A deal with China to build a $275 million logistics center in Naryn region has been cancelled. 

A New Era of Strategic Partnership: The US Engages to Find Opportunities in Central Asia
February 13, 2020

A New Era of Strategic Partnership: The US Engages to Find Opportunities in Central Asia

By Kristen Cheriegate
Central Asia will generally welcome -- and want -- U.S. attention, but will want a degree of circumspection.
Kyrgyz Customs Officer Reportedly Under Investigation
February 13, 2020

Kyrgyz Customs Officer Reportedly Under Investigation

By Catherine Putz
A customs official named in the bombshell OCCRP, RFE/RL, and Kloop investigation last year is reportedly under official investigation.

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