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Is It Time for the US to Press Uzbekistan on Human Rights?
December 07, 2021

Is It Time for the US to Press Uzbekistan on Human Rights?

By Catherine Putz
A group of U.S. Senators have asked the Biden administration to center human rights in the upcoming Strategic Partnership Dialogue with Uzbekistan.

How to Make Samarkand a Truly Green City
November 30, 2021

How to Make Samarkand a Truly Green City

By Darina Solod and Nina Lesikhina
Samarkand recently joined the EBRD's Green Cities program. Will it help citizens be heard?
Where Are ‘New’ Uzbekistan’s Promised Reforms?
November 23, 2021

Where Are ‘New’ Uzbekistan’s Promised Reforms?

By Akzam Turgunov
The reelection of Uzbekistan’s president was a foregone conclusion. The real question is: Where are the promised reforms?

Uzbekistan Extending Financial Support to Labor Migrants
November 22, 2021

Uzbekistan Extending Financial Support to Labor Migrants

By Umida Hashimova
In visiting Russia, Uzbek officials demonstrate greater attention to the country’s critical labor migrant population.

Former Uzbek Security Services Head Inoyatov Replaced as a Presidential Adviser 
November 18, 2021

Former Uzbek Security Services Head Inoyatov Replaced as a Presidential Adviser 

By Catherine Putz
The apparent dismissal of Rustam Inoyatov, who lost his long-held post as head of the Uzbek security services back in 2018, moves a former kingmaker off the board.

Uzbekistan Still Contemplating Eurasian Economic Union Membership
November 15, 2021

Uzbekistan Still Contemplating Eurasian Economic Union Membership

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent is taking its time, slowly moving toward EAEU membership and perhaps hoping to carve out exceptions in exchange for joining.

EU-Central Asia Economic Forum: Is Central Asia Ready for More Assertive EU Policy?
November 10, 2021

EU-Central Asia Economic Forum: Is Central Asia Ready for More Assertive EU Policy?

By Katrina Keegan
At the EU-Central Asia Economic Forum, the EU kept its rhetoric uncontroversial. However, Central Asian countries signaled they may respond well to more ambitious EU goals.
The Old Ways Are Still Alive in New Uzbekistan
November 09, 2021

The Old Ways Are Still Alive in New Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
In entering a new term by suggesting constitutional reform, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is following in the path of his dictatorial predecessor.

Uzbekistan’s Efforts at Forcing Data Localization Backfire
November 04, 2021

Uzbekistan’s Efforts at Forcing Data Localization Backfire

By Catherine Putz
The head of the state communications regulator was fired swiftly after popular social media sites and apps were restricted for failing to comply with data localization laws.

EU-Uzbekistan: Long Way to an Enhanced Partnership
October 27, 2021

EU-Uzbekistan: Long Way to an Enhanced Partnership

By Akram Umarov
In general, Uzbekistan is positively predisposed toward engaging non-regional powers. But there are some challenges to increasing EU-Uzbekistan ties.

Uzbek President Secures 2nd Term in Flawed Election
October 25, 2021

Uzbek President Secures 2nd Term in Flawed Election

By Catherine Putz
The OSCE election monitoring mission says reforms under Mirziyoyev "have not yet resulted in a genuinely pluralistic environment."
Who Are Uzbekistan’s Remaining Religious Prisoners?
October 14, 2021

Who Are Uzbekistan’s Remaining Religious Prisoners?

By Catherine Putz
Despite thousands reportedly released since 2016, an estimated 2,000 remain jailed in Uzbekistan for political and religious reasons.

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