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‘Russia Is a Threat, Not a Friend’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Warns Central Asia
September 08, 2022

‘Russia Is a Threat, Not a Friend’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Warns Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
In a press conference with Central Asian media outlets, the Ukrainian foreign minister urged the region: “don’t let Russia use you.”

Russia Voices Aim to Increase Combat Readiness at Bases in Central Asia
August 30, 2022

Russia Voices Aim to Increase Combat Readiness at Bases in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The recent comment from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu echoes sentiments stated before, but it's not clear if it means anything in a practical sense.
Russia’s Putin Makes First Trip Abroad Since Invasion, to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
June 29, 2022

Russia’s Putin Makes First Trip Abroad Since Invasion, to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The warm welcome in Dushanbe and meetings around the Caspian table in Ashgabat were a chance for Putin to reaffirm his network of partners at a critical moment.

The Language of the China-Russia Soft Power Rivalry in Uzbekistan
May 26, 2022

The Language of the China-Russia Soft Power Rivalry in Uzbekistan

By Niginakhon Uralova
The China-Russia soft power rivalry in Uzbekistan plays out most clearly via language and education programs.

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.

Uzbek Foreign Minister Calls for Halting of Hostilities in Ukraine
March 17, 2022

Uzbek Foreign Minister Calls for Halting of Hostilities in Ukraine

By Catherine Putz
Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov gave one of the most direct refutations from a Central Asian official of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Should Central Asia Be Concerned About the War in Ukraine?
March 15, 2022

Should Central Asia Be Concerned About the War in Ukraine?

By Catherine Putz
"Everyone should be concerned," says Dr. Erica Marat, about Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Putin's wider aims.
Kyrgyzstan Bans Rallies Near Russian Embassy
March 14, 2022

Kyrgyzstan Bans Rallies Near Russian Embassy

By Catherine Putz
As Bishkek tries to maintain a balanced approach to the Ukraine crisis, demonstrations have been banned from key protest hotspots in the capital.

How Will the War in Ukraine Affect Central Asian Remittance Flows?
March 08, 2022

How Will the War in Ukraine Affect Central Asian Remittance Flows?

By Catherine Putz
In 2022, Central Asia was supposed to see slight growth in remittances. Thanks to Russia’s war in Ukraine, remittances are expected to drop dramatically instead.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Could Overturn the Strategic Balance in Central Asia, Too
March 04, 2022

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Could Overturn the Strategic Balance in Central Asia, Too

By Nima Khorrami
Putin’s push for restoring Moscow’s past glories could very well bring about its further demise: not just in Europe but also in Central Asia. 

After Kazakhstan, the CSTO Isn’t Finished With Central Asia
January 25, 2022

After Kazakhstan, the CSTO Isn’t Finished With Central Asia

By Gabriel Gavin
The Russian-led CSTO military bloc has faced a critical test in the region.
How the Central Asian States Can Protect Themselves From Russia
January 24, 2022

How the Central Asian States Can Protect Themselves From Russia

By Andrew D’Anieri
A more integrated region will be richer, stabler, and more secure -- and countries won’t have to contemplate using their sovereignty as collateral.  

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