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If Only It Were That Easy: Tajikistan Declares Itself COVID-19 Free
January 27, 2021

If Only It Were That Easy: Tajikistan Declares Itself COVID-19 Free

By Catherine Putz
The Tajik president commented that “Tajikistan today is without COVID-19" -- close regional observers (and common sense) disagree.

Slow Anti-Americanism in Central Asia
January 12, 2021

Slow Anti-Americanism in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
“U.S. power can inadvertently shift politics even in regions like Central Asia where the United States is remote.”
How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?
January 07, 2021

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?

By Catherine Putz
The January 2021 World Bank Global Economic Prospects report is out, heralding a “subdued” recovery for the world. How fares Central Asia?

A Critical Lesson for Tajikistan: The State of Migrant Workers in 2020
January 06, 2021

A Critical Lesson for Tajikistan: The State of Migrant Workers in 2020

By Khiradmand Sheraliev
2020 was not the first time Tajikistan experienced the sharp costs of being a remittance-dependent country, but the lesson is important to heed.

A Look Back at 2020 in Central Asia
December 29, 2020

A Look Back at 2020 in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How did I do on my outlook for Central Asia 2020? (Spoiler: I didn't know there'd be a pandemic)

Third Central Asian Leaders’ Meeting Postponed to 2021: Why It Matters
December 14, 2020

Third Central Asian Leaders’ Meeting Postponed to 2021: Why It Matters

By Akram Umarov
Postponing what was supposed to become a regular forum for the leaders of Central Asia to gather together is not a good idea.

Tajik Authorities Continue Harassing Dissident’s Family
December 07, 2020

Tajik Authorities Continue Harassing Dissident’s Family

By Catherine Putz
New year, same problem: Tajik authorities continue to harass the family of Fatkhuddin Saidmukhidinov, a Europe-based government critic.
Is This Tajikistan’s #MeToo Moment?
November 03, 2020

Is This Tajikistan’s #MeToo Moment?

By Sher Khashimov and Steve Swerdlow
Could a court decision punishing a victim of sexual harassment and the newspaper that helped her be Tajikistan’s #MeToo moment?

Tajiks Stuck in Russia, Flights Home Cancelled
November 03, 2020

Tajiks Stuck in Russia, Flights Home Cancelled

By Catherine Putz
A pair of November 1 charter flights from Moscow to Dushanbe were cancelled.

Educating Central Asia, From Soviet Collapse to COVID-19
October 20, 2020

Educating Central Asia, From Soviet Collapse to COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
Vasila Bozichaeva and Emma Sabzalieva explain the development of Central Asia's education systems, and the current challenges faced.

Tajikistan’s Presidential Election Yields Expected Results
October 13, 2020

Tajikistan’s Presidential Election Yields Expected Results

By Catherine Putz
Another seven year term for Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.
Tajikistan: Why Authoritarian Elections Also Matter
October 10, 2020

Tajikistan: Why Authoritarian Elections Also Matter

By Steve Swerdlow
The upcoming presidential election in Tajikistan underscores a worsening human rights crisis. 

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