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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.

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?
September 24, 2020

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?

By Catherine Putz
The five leaders foregrounded a range of issues, from the pressing challenge of COVID-19 to vague promises of political reform.
Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China
September 08, 2020

Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China

By Umida Hashimova
The economic slowdown in China, a result of the coronavirus pandemic, has affected the gas trade. 

Death and Denial in Turkmenistan
August 19, 2020

Death and Denial in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The Turkmen government’s inconsistent messaging about the nature and nearness of the COVID-19 pandemic threat has doomed its citizens to confusion and death.

COVID-19, Hot Winds, or Dust? Turkmenistan Lashes out Over Tajik Weather Report
July 29, 2020

COVID-19, Hot Winds, or Dust? Turkmenistan Lashes out Over Tajik Weather Report

By Catherine Putz
The hottest air is coming from the Turkmen government, paranoid about admitting COVID-19 is in the country.

China Launches 5+1 Format Meetings With Central Asia
July 20, 2020

China Launches 5+1 Format Meetings With Central Asia

By Umida Hashimova
The format marks an expansion of China’s role in the region and a signal of its readiness to compete for influence.

As WHO Team Arrives, Notable Pneumonia Deaths Reported in Turkmenistan
July 09, 2020

As WHO Team Arrives, Notable Pneumonia Deaths Reported in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
An adviser to the Turkmen president and a Turkish diplomat have reportedly died from pneumonia this week.
Turkmenistan (Finally) Allowing the WHO In 
July 07, 2020

Turkmenistan (Finally) Allowing the WHO In 

By Catherine Putz
But what will the WHO find? The WHO has been unwilling to criticize countries about their pandemic responses, but has been quick to praise them. 

Storms Spark Activism Among Turkmen Diaspora
June 19, 2020

Storms Spark Activism Among Turkmen Diaspora

By Grady Vaughan
Turkmen at home and abroad rarely protest, but botched responses to natural disasters and the pandemic have led to a surge of activism.

Is Turkmenistan Nearing a COVID-19 Announcement?
June 16, 2020

Is Turkmenistan Nearing a COVID-19 Announcement?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan’s denial of the virus’ presence in the country has inevitably cost lives. Not naming it doesn’t make it go away.

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?
June 01, 2020

What’s the Impact of Turkmenistan’s COVID Delusion?

By Catherine Putz
Turkmenistan says it is COVID-19 free, but the virus, analysts say, is impacting the country whether Ashgabat admits its presence or not.
Post-Pandemic Central Asia: Moving Beyond ‘Helicopter Money’
May 20, 2020

Post-Pandemic Central Asia: Moving Beyond ‘Helicopter Money’

By Gregory Gleason
Social and economic upheaval at such a scale as experienced amid the COVID-19 pandemic unavoidably entails political effects.

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