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Cold Snap and Electricity Shortages Slam Central Asia, Afghanistan
February 02, 2023

Cold Snap and Electricity Shortages Slam Central Asia, Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
The repercussions of the apparent vulnerabilities in Uzbekistan’s energy system have wide implications, none more serious than for Afghanistan.

Karakalpakstan Trial Ends With 16-Year Sentence for Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov
February 01, 2023

Karakalpakstan Trial Ends With 16-Year Sentence for Dauletmurat Tazhimuratov

By Catherine Putz
Amid the crackdown on protests last summer in Nukus, 21 people were killed -- most of them civilians.
Dismissal or Distraction? Power Scuffles and Governance in Uzbekistan
January 24, 2023

Dismissal or Distraction? Power Scuffles and Governance in Uzbekistan

By Dilmira Matyakubova
Uzbek President Mirziyoyev recently dismissed Jahongir Artikhodjaev, the controversial mayor of Tashkent. 

Uzbekistan’s Drawn-out Journey From Cyrillic to Latin Script
January 20, 2023

Uzbekistan’s Drawn-out Journey From Cyrillic to Latin Script

By Niginakhon Saida
Visit Uzbekistan and you’ll see a variety of alphabets used, a product of the country’s many changes and the long march toward fully using a Latin script. 

Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kazakh Energy Ministers Sign Kambar-Ata-1 Roadmap 
January 09, 2023

Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Kazakh Energy Ministers Sign Kambar-Ata-1 Roadmap 

By Catherine Putz
All three countries have suffered from energy shortages this winter, underscoring the need for new sources across the region.

Public Participation, the Achilles Heel of International Investments in Uzbekistan
December 16, 2022

Public Participation, the Achilles Heel of International Investments in Uzbekistan

By Michaela Kožmínová and Nina Lesikhina
People living in the settlements adjacent to landfills slated for expansion under an EBRD project were not adequately consulted.

Why So Much Attention on Russia’s Vague Proposal for a ‘Gas Union’ With Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan?
December 09, 2022

Why So Much Attention on Russia’s Vague Proposal for a ‘Gas Union’ With Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan?

By Catherine Putz
Central Asia might actually be interested in Russian gas, but please don’t call it a “union.”
Russia Wants to Speed up Joint Nuclear Power Plant Project in Uzbekistan
December 06, 2022

Russia Wants to Speed up Joint Nuclear Power Plant Project in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan has both financial and political reasons to pump the brakes, even if Tashkent has no intention of scrapping the project.

Kyrgyz and Uzbek Presidents Sign Border Agreements Into Law
December 01, 2022

Kyrgyz and Uzbek Presidents Sign Border Agreements Into Law

By Catherine Putz
They did so separately, however, given how contentious the agreement on the Kempir-Abad reservoir is in Kyrgyzstan.

Abortion in Uzbekistan: Legal, Accessible, Declining
November 29, 2022

Abortion in Uzbekistan: Legal, Accessible, Declining

By Niginakhon Saida
Abortion in Uzbekistan has never been politicized as it has been in the West, but terminating a pregnancy is still becoming less common.

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative
November 09, 2022

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative

By Catherine Putz
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu's trip to Central Asia seeks to “reinforce the United States’ commitment to each country’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity."
Rights Group Highlights Police Abuse in Karakalpakstan Crackdown
November 08, 2022

Rights Group Highlights Police Abuse in Karakalpakstan Crackdown

By Catherine Putz
Human Rights Watch says Uzbek security forces “unjustifiably” used lethal force to disperse generally peaceful demonstrators this summer.

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