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Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Response Exposes Tashkent’s Reform Successes and Failures
September 25, 2020

Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Response Exposes Tashkent’s Reform Successes and Failures

By Benjamin Godwin
What does the coronavirus response say about the government’s ability to deliver on its ambitious reform program? 

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?
September 24, 2020

What Did Central Asia’s Leaders Have to Say to the UN General Assembly?

By Catherine Putz
The five leaders foregrounded a range of issues, from the pressing challenge of COVID-19 to vague promises of political reform.
Beyond the Intra-Afghan Talks, Uzbekistan Sees a Bright Future 
September 21, 2020

Beyond the Intra-Afghan Talks, Uzbekistan Sees a Bright Future 

By Umida Hashimova
The promise of peace in Afghanistan opens doors for Uzbekistan. 

Reality Check on Human Rights in Uzbekistan 
September 16, 2020

Reality Check on Human Rights in Uzbekistan 

By Hugh Williamson
Tashkent needs clear goals for a Human Rights Council term.

Swiss-Uzbek Agreement a Step Toward Returning Many Millions to Uzbekistan
September 16, 2020

Swiss-Uzbek Agreement a Step Toward Returning Many Millions to Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Can the Uzbek government ensure that those who participated in Gulnara Karimova’s corruption do not benefit from it once more?

Central Asia’s Refineries Under Scrutiny
September 15, 2020

Central Asia’s Refineries Under Scrutiny

By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan's anti-monopoly agency fines the Atyrau refinery; Uzbekistan's Fergana refinery becomes loot for investors. 

How Is the SCO’s ‘Shanghai Spirit’ Faring in 2020?
September 11, 2020

How Is the SCO’s ‘Shanghai Spirit’ Faring in 2020?

By Catherine Putz
With India-China tensions at a boil, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s foreign ministers are gathering in Moscow.
Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China
September 08, 2020

Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China

By Umida Hashimova
The economic slowdown in China, a result of the coronavirus pandemic, has affected the gas trade. 

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 
September 01, 2020

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan opened a major border crossing with Uzbekistan, but will Tashkent let its citizens cross it?

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia
August 28, 2020

Feminist Festival Kicks Off in Central Asia

By Paolo Sorbello
The third edition of the FemAgora Central Asia festival began with online video conferences this year, as activists find new and original ways to create networks

Abdullaev Extradited to Uzbekistan Then Released, Investigation Pending
August 24, 2020

Abdullaev Extradited to Uzbekistan Then Released, Investigation Pending

By Catherine Putz
The specifics of the charges against 47-year old Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev remain unclear, but the case is drawing significant attention.
The Paradox of Uzbekistan’s Budding Virtual Civic Space
August 20, 2020

The Paradox of Uzbekistan’s Budding Virtual Civic Space

By Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili and Bakhrom Mirakilov
Despite continued challenges, Uzbekistan’s civil society is more vibrant than at any time in the country’s young history.

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