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Why It Matters That Uzbekistan’s President Endorsed Russia’s Referendum
July 13, 2020

Why It Matters That Uzbekistan’s President Endorsed Russia’s Referendum

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbek President Mirziyoyev endorsed constitutional changes in Russia that will likely keep Putin in power for years to come, with serious implications for Central Asia.

Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform
July 09, 2020

Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform

By Nadine Maenza and Nury Turkel
Tashkent has made progress on the path toward greater religious freedom, but must remain vigilant to protect the gains it has made and continue to actively push forward.
Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’
June 26, 2020

Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’

By Catherine Putz
Laws put in place to support the fight against COVID-19 by targeting false information are easily abused to crack down on negative opinions and dissent.

A New Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector?
June 23, 2020

A New Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector?

By Umida Niyazova
Despite progress in combating forced labor, Uzbekistan has yet to meaningfully engage in the civil society focused reforms necessary.

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor Stretches Further Into China
June 22, 2020

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor Stretches Further Into China

By Umida Hashimova
The transport corridor is in use and has great potential, but the middle section through Kyrgyzstan still transports cargo via trucks and not railcars.

Despite Observer Choice, Uzbek Officials Sell Benefits of Full Eurasian Economic Union Membership
June 08, 2020

Despite Observer Choice, Uzbek Officials Sell Benefits of Full Eurasian Economic Union Membership

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan is joining the union as an an observer, but its officials have been promising the benefits of a full member.

Hotel Uzbekistan Privatized to Holding in Singapore
May 30, 2020

Hotel Uzbekistan Privatized to Holding in Singapore

By Paolo Sorbello
Bashan Investment Group owns film production companies in Asia and, now, Tashkent's most recognizable building. 
Can Mirziyoyev’s Reforms Bring About a Real Free Market Economy in Uzbekistan?
May 21, 2020

Can Mirziyoyev’s Reforms Bring About a Real Free Market Economy in Uzbekistan?

By Bekzod Zakirov
The hope that reforms will ultimately bring about free market capitalism with accompanying democratic politics is utmost naivety. 

Post-Pandemic Central Asia: Moving Beyond ‘Helicopter Money’
May 20, 2020

Post-Pandemic Central Asia: Moving Beyond ‘Helicopter Money’

By Gregory Gleason
Social and economic upheaval at such a scale as experienced amid the COVID-19 pandemic unavoidably entails political effects.

Can Uzbekistan Put the Uzbek Language First?
May 19, 2020

Can Uzbekistan Put the Uzbek Language First?

By Umida Hashimova
Moscow made an unprecedented comment in defense of the Russian language in Uzbekistan.

Investigating Dam Collapse a Test for Uzbekistan
May 14, 2020

Investigating Dam Collapse a Test for Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
How the Uzbek government handles the investigation of the dam collapse matters.
Technology and Policing a Pandemic in Central Asia
May 13, 2020

Technology and Policing a Pandemic in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Regional governments are retooling surveillance systems in their “smart” cities to fight the pandemic, heightening existing concerns of rights and privacy.

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