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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’s War Puts Central Asia’s Economies in a Difficult Position
July 14, 2022

Russia’s War Puts Central Asia’s Economies in a Difficult Position

By Catherine Putz
The states of Central Asia were, unsurprisingly, on a recent list of possible  “transshipment points” Russia and Belarus may use to evade sanctions.
Russian Foreign Minister Visits Mongolia in Drive for Support
July 06, 2022

Russian Foreign Minister Visits Mongolia in Drive for Support

By Associated Press
Ukraine and Russia's rejection of Western criticism were major themes of Lavrov's public comments.

Uzbek Company Falls Afoul of Russia Sanctions 
June 30, 2022

Uzbek Company Falls Afoul of Russia Sanctions 

By Catherine Putz
In listing an Uzbekistan-based company, the U.S. State Department has a warning: “If you do business with sanctioned entities or individuals, you risk exposure to sanctions.”

Takeaways From the 2022 Shangri-La Dialogue
June 15, 2022

Takeaways From the 2022 Shangri-La Dialogue

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
The Shangri-La Dialogue returned to convene for the first time since 2019 this year. What was on the agenda?

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.

Where Are the Afghan Air Force’s Aircraft Now?
May 03, 2022

Where Are the Afghan Air Force’s Aircraft Now?

By Catherine Putz
As 11 more Mi-17 helicopters originally intended for Afghanistan head to Ukraine, eyes turn to the Afghan Air Force planes left in Central Asia.
Don’t Single Ukraine Out For Selling Military Hardware to Pakistan
April 21, 2022

Don’t Single Ukraine Out For Selling Military Hardware to Pakistan

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Just as it is in India’s national interest to keep good relations with both Russia and West, it was in Ukraine’s to sell arms to both India and Pakistan.

Kyrgyz Authorities Try to Head off Protests With Restrictions
March 31, 2022

Kyrgyz Authorities Try to Head off Protests With Restrictions

By Colleen Wood
Kyrgyzstani authorities are restricting protests about Russia’s war in Ukraine, but some public servants are speaking out.

The Great Debate Over India’s Neutrality in the Ukraine War
March 29, 2022

The Great Debate Over India’s Neutrality in the Ukraine War

By Krzysztof Iwanek
Commentators are split into critics, who stress both interests and values, and defenders, who focus only on interests.

As the War Continues, Ukraine Is on Kazakhstan’s Mind
March 17, 2022

As the War Continues, Ukraine Is on Kazakhstan’s Mind

By Paolo Sorbello
Ukrainian flags dotted many recent rallies in Almaty -- about issues as varied as pollution and International Women’s Day -- as people in Kazakhstan call for peace.
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.

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