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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.  
After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia
January 18, 2022

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia

By Igor Denisov
Despite its economic clout in Kazakhstan, Beijing has had far less political leverage than Moscow.

China and Russia Both Benefit From the CSTO Intervention in Kazakhstan
January 11, 2022

China and Russia Both Benefit From the CSTO Intervention in Kazakhstan

By Luke Botting
Far from causing friction, Russia’s intervention in Kazakhstan shows the durability of the Sino-Russian relationship.

The Art of Survival for Central Asian States
January 03, 2022

The Art of Survival for Central Asian States

By Brian Wong, Iskander Akylbayev, and Valikhan Bakhretdinov
30 years on from the dissolution of the USSR, Central Asian states are a case study in hedging and balancing between global superpowers.

2021: Another Year of the Russian Language in Central Asia
January 03, 2022

2021: Another Year of the Russian Language in Central Asia

By Umida Hashimova
Among Russian officials, 2021 was a year of heightened sensitivity to the Russian language in Central Asia.
Is Russia Starting to Sour on China?
October 22, 2021

Is Russia Starting to Sour on China?

By Yuan Jiang
A prominent Russian analyst thinks the high point of Sino-Russian cooperation has passed.

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