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Murky Waters Surround the Case of the Sardoba Reservoir Failure
January 20, 2021

Murky Waters Surround the Case of the Sardoba Reservoir Failure

By Catherine Putz
A trial is ongoing, but behind closed doors, while citizens complain of unfair distribution of promised compensation.

Slow Anti-Americanism in Central Asia
January 12, 2021

Slow Anti-Americanism in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
“U.S. power can inadvertently shift politics even in regions like Central Asia where the United States is remote.”
How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?
January 07, 2021

How Damaging Was 2020 to Central Asia’s Economies?

By Catherine Putz
The January 2021 World Bank Global Economic Prospects report is out, heralding a “subdued” recovery for the world. How fares Central Asia?

Did Uzbekistan and Russia Just Have Their First (Limited) Food War?
January 04, 2021

Did Uzbekistan and Russia Just Have Their First (Limited) Food War?

By Umida Hashimova
Tomato pests, quickly forgotten, suggest the brief ban on some Uzbek imports was of a political nature.

A Look Back at 2020 in Central Asia
December 29, 2020

A Look Back at 2020 in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How did I do on my outlook for Central Asia 2020? (Spoiler: I didn't know there'd be a pandemic)

There Won’t be Political Reform in Uzbekistan. Here’s Why
December 22, 2020

There Won’t be Political Reform in Uzbekistan. Here’s Why

By Dilmira Matyakubowa
Genuine reform takes place not through quashing free thinkers and critics but in encouraging and even embracing them. 

Uzbekistan Hedging Vaccine Bets with Russian Purchase
December 21, 2020

Uzbekistan Hedging Vaccine Bets with Russian Purchase

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan launches trials of a Chinese vaccine, but purchases Russian vaccine.
India-Iran-Uzbekistan Pursue Central Asian Connectivity
December 18, 2020

India-Iran-Uzbekistan Pursue Central Asian Connectivity

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The Iranian port of Chabahar has the potential to shift some of the regional dynamics in India’s favor. 

Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Coming Biden Presidency
December 17, 2020

Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Coming Biden Presidency

By Ankit Panda
Will the Biden administration finally end the U.S. presence in Afghanistan?

Can Uzbekistan Stay on Track in Improving its Human Rights Record?
December 17, 2020

Can Uzbekistan Stay on Track in Improving its Human Rights Record?

By Nodirjon Kirgizbaev
Uzbekistan undoubtedly needs to continue implementing recent initiated reforms, but its progress is promising.

Checking in on Uzbekistan’s Political Progress in 2020: An Interview With Farkhod Tolipov
December 15, 2020

Checking in on Uzbekistan’s Political Progress in 2020: An Interview With Farkhod Tolipov

By Catherine Putz
"Despite obvious advancement in reforms in various spheres, one direction of reforms remains very slow: it is the sphere of political reforms."
Eliminating Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector – A Work Still in Progress
December 15, 2020

Eliminating Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector – A Work Still in Progress

By Umida Niyazova
Uzbekistan has made enormous progress in eliminating forced labor, but has yet to fully eradicate it.

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