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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.

Uzbekistan’s Role in Afghan Reconciliation
August 18, 2020

Uzbekistan’s Role in Afghan Reconciliation

By James Durso
Uzbekistan and the Central Asian states can offer Afghanistan a neighborly helping hand and the Taliban a clear understanding of their new responsibilities and obligations.
Uzbek Journalist Detained in Kyrgyzstan at Tashkent’s Request
August 12, 2020

Uzbek Journalist Detained in Kyrgyzstan at Tashkent’s Request

By Catherine Putz
In 2018, Bobomurod Abdullaev walked out of jail in Uzbekistan after a surprising conclusion to a case levied against him by the state. New charges could mark a step backward.

Corruption and the Fruits of Kleptocracy: The Saga of the Karimova Sisters Continues
August 11, 2020

Corruption and the Fruits of Kleptocracy: The Saga of the Karimova Sisters Continues

By Ian J. Lynch
For every international pariah like Gulnara Karimova, there are far more kleptocrats who remain free and able to indulge in the high life.
China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19
August 03, 2020

China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19

By Umida Hashimova
Why is China rushing to comment on domestic COVID-19 developments in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan?

China Launches 5+1 Format Meetings With Central Asia
July 20, 2020

China Launches 5+1 Format Meetings With Central Asia

By Umida Hashimova
The format marks an expansion of China’s role in the region and a signal of its readiness to compete for influence.

Kristian Lasslett on Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters Conundrum 
July 14, 2020

Kristian Lasslett on Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters Conundrum 

By Catherine Putz
Privatization of the cotton sector “is in itself no silver bullet solution” for the problems of corruption and forced labor. 

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.

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