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Mirziyoyev Asks EAEU for Benefits Up Front 
June 07, 2021

Mirziyoyev Asks EAEU for Benefits Up Front 

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan is an observer in the Eurasian Economic Union, but in a recent speech it’s clear Tashkent wants to see the benefits of membership before making the leap.

Taliban Tells Afghanistan’s Neighbors Not to Host US Forces
May 26, 2021

Taliban Tells Afghanistan’s Neighbors Not to Host US Forces

By Catherine Putz
"If such a step is taken, then the responsibility for all the misfortunes and difficulties lies upon those who commit such mistakes.”
Official Hints at Challenges for Chinese Businesses in Uzbekistan
May 25, 2021

Official Hints at Challenges for Chinese Businesses in Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
The Uzbek state plays a huge role in the country’s economy, generating difficulties for foreign investors trying to operate in Uzbekistan.

Uzbek Authorities Deny Registration to New Political Party With Presidential Ambitions
May 20, 2021

Uzbek Authorities Deny Registration to New Political Party With Presidential Ambitions

By Catherine Putz
Khidirnazar Allaqulov’s first attempt to register his Haqiqat va Taraqqiyot (Truth and Development) Social Democratic Party has been refused by state authorities amid a pressure campaign.

Uzbek Blogger Otabek Sattoriy Sentenced to 6.5 Years
May 11, 2021

Uzbek Blogger Otabek Sattoriy Sentenced to 6.5 Years

By Catherine Putz
Otabek Sattoriy, a blogger who often covered local corruption, has been sentenced on charges of extortion and libel.

Uzbek Blogger Bazarov Under House Arrest Facing Libel Charges
May 05, 2021

Uzbek Blogger Bazarov Under House Arrest Facing Libel Charges

By Catherine Putz
A month after being brutally beaten, Bazarov was released from the hospital and swiftly charged for insulting his old school in an October 2020 TikTok video.

Nations in Transit: Central Asia Remains Locked in Consolidated Authoritarianism
April 28, 2021

Nations in Transit: Central Asia Remains Locked in Consolidated Authoritarianism

By Catherine Putz
Another bad year for democracy across the former Soviet Union, with Kyrgyzstan slipping further into authoritarianism too. 
Uzbekistan Needs NGOs, But the Barriers Remain High
April 20, 2021

Uzbekistan Needs NGOs, But the Barriers Remain High

By Catherine Putz
“A developed and vibrant civil society is needed if we want to build a democratic society.”

Europe Adds Uzbekistan to GSP+ Trade Scheme
April 13, 2021

Europe Adds Uzbekistan to GSP+ Trade Scheme

By Catherine Putz
The benefits -- zero tariffs on a range of goods -- come with rights monitoring requirements of shortcomings Uzbekistan may have difficulty improving.

Turkic Council Sets Sights on Upgrade Rooted in Economic Connectivity Projects
April 12, 2021

Turkic Council Sets Sights on Upgrade Rooted in Economic Connectivity Projects

By Umida Hashimova
The Turkic Council aims to grow its political and economic significance.

Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task
April 10, 2021

Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task

By Catherine Putz
People on both sides of these possibly shifting borders have strong feelings about it.
Uzbekistan: Opposition Erk Party Wants in on October Presidential Election
April 06, 2021

Uzbekistan: Opposition Erk Party Wants in on October Presidential Election

By Catherine Putz
The last time an Uzbek president faced a serious challenger was in 1991. Erk hasn’t been allowed to front a candidate since.

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