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Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan: Still Space for Reform
September 20, 2022

Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan: Still Space for Reform

By Catherine Putz
Despite some promising progress, USCIRF Chair Nury Turkel says Uzbekistan continues to severely restrict religious freedoms.

Uzbekistan’s Looted Museums and Forged Artifacts
September 15, 2022

Uzbekistan’s Looted Museums and Forged Artifacts

By Niginakhon Saida
As New Uzbekistan aims to attract more tourists, local museums are finally receiving long-due attention, including in regard to stolen artifacts.
In Karakalpakstan, Mirziyoyev Oversees Selection of New Regional Leader
August 29, 2022

In Karakalpakstan, Mirziyoyev Oversees Selection of New Regional Leader

By Catherine Putz
The Uzbek president scolded regional leaders for failing to address the problems of the people and laid out further investments to address economic problems.

New Regulations in Uzbekistan Effectively Impose Government Control on NGOs
August 26, 2022

New Regulations in Uzbekistan Effectively Impose Government Control on NGOs

By Umida Niyazova and Lynn Schweisfurth
Will international donors legitimize Uzbekistan’s tightening grip on civil society?

Islamic State Khorasan’s Expanded Vision in South and Central Asia
August 26, 2022

Islamic State Khorasan’s Expanded Vision in South and Central Asia

By Lucas Webber and Riccardo Valle
The expansion of ISKP propaganda outreach, recruitment, and fundraising efforts may have significant security implications for countries in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and possibly beyond. 

Uzbekistan’s Islamic Revival, Online
August 25, 2022

Uzbekistan’s Islamic Revival, Online

By Niginakhon Saida
The content of state-sanctioned Islam conveyed online does not differ from what is published in books, but the delivery makes a difference.

Swiss Agree to Return $131 Million to Uzbekistan Via UN Trust Fund
August 17, 2022

Swiss Agree to Return $131 Million to Uzbekistan Via UN Trust Fund

By Catherine Putz
Swiss and Uzbek officials agreed to the restitution of assets seized from Gulnara Karimova to Uzbekistan via a U.N.-managed trust fund. 
Uzbek Government Warns Citizens in Russia Against Joining Ukraine War
August 12, 2022

Uzbek Government Warns Citizens in Russia Against Joining Ukraine War

By Catherine Putz
The warning came after a video surfaced of a migrant leader in the Russian city of Perm urging compatriots form a “volunteer battalion.”

Military Exercises in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Illustrate Regional Cooperation and Concerns
August 10, 2022

Military Exercises in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Illustrate Regional Cooperation and Concerns

By Catherine Putz
A Tajik-Uzbek joint military exercise concluded in Uzbekistan just as a U.S.-organized regional military exercise kicked off in Tajikistan.

Closing the Gender Gap in Uzbekistan’s Universities
August 09, 2022

Closing the Gender Gap in Uzbekistan’s Universities

By Niginakhon bintu Saida
President Mirziyoyev’s new government is taking measures to close the gender gap in the country's education sector as the higher education system goes through major changes. 

What Are the Implications of Uzbekistan’s Rapprochement With the Taliban?
August 08, 2022

What Are the Implications of Uzbekistan’s Rapprochement With the Taliban?

By Akram Umarov and Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili
Tashkent has sought to serve as a broker between the Taliban and the world to keep Afghanistan on the global agenda.
Uzbekistan Unblocks Twitter, TikTok Still Restricted
August 04, 2022

Uzbekistan Unblocks Twitter, TikTok Still Restricted

By Catherine Putz
The blocking and unblocking of certain social media platforms over the last year stems from a data localization law signed in January 2021.

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