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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.

Violence in Kazakhstan Turns Deadly for Dungans 
February 11, 2020

Violence in Kazakhstan Turns Deadly for Dungans 

By Paolo Sorbello
Ten were killed in clashes that followed ethnic lines, but betrayed long-standing socioeconomic dissatisfaction.

A New US Strategy for Central Asia: Continuity Under Better Conditions
February 06, 2020

A New US Strategy for Central Asia: Continuity Under Better Conditions

By Catherine Putz
The new strategy revolves around a familiar “holy trinity” -- independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity -- while acknowledging the power of new regional dynamics.

US Suspends Issuing Immigration Visas to Kyrgyz Citizens, Others
February 04, 2020

US Suspends Issuing Immigration Visas to Kyrgyz Citizens, Others

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan is among six countries hit with new visa restrictions by the United States.
Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia
February 01, 2020

Potholes and Bumps Along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia

By Li-Chen Sim and Farkhod Aminjonov
Belt and Road-related problems could prompt Central Asian states to re-engage more seriously with other actors.

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