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Secret Trial Hands Ex-Uzbek Diplomat Sentence for Treason
January 09, 2020

Secret Trial Hands Ex-Uzbek Diplomat Sentence for Treason

By Catherine Putz
The unfolding of Yusupov's case stands in direct contrast with the Uzbek government’s professions of progress and reform.
Reform in Uzbekistan: An Interview with Farkhod Tolipov
January 08, 2020

Reform in Uzbekistan: An Interview with Farkhod Tolipov

By Catherine Putz
With Uzbek politics in the news, an Uzbek political analyst reflects on the evolution of the countrys’ political and party systems.

Final Tally on Uzbekistan’s New Parliament: A 2014 Repeat?
January 07, 2020

Final Tally on Uzbekistan’s New Parliament: A 2014 Repeat?

By Catherine Putz
By the numbers, Uzbekistan's new parliament is very much like the previous one.

Trouble in the Middle East Prompts Pompeo to Postpone Eastern Europe, Central Asia Trip
January 02, 2020

Trouble in the Middle East Prompts Pompeo to Postpone Eastern Europe, Central Asia Trip

By Catherine Putz
Once again, U.S. foreign policy engagements elsewhere in the world are truncated because of trouble in the Middle East.

What to Expect from US Secretary of State Pompeo’s Upcoming Visit to Central Asia
December 31, 2019

What to Expect from US Secretary of State Pompeo’s Upcoming Visit to Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
After visits to Ukraine and Belarus early in the new year, Pompeo will touch down in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List
December 30, 2019

Hats, Carpets, and Dances: Bits of Central Asia’s Intangible Culture Added to UNESCO List

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan's Khorazm dance, Kyrgyzstan's kalpak, and Turkmenistan's carpets all notched spots on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List

A Look Back at 2019 in Central Asia
December 26, 2019

A Look Back at 2019 in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
How did I do on my outlook for Central Asia 2019?
After a Smooth Election, Real Challenges Still Ahead for Uzbekistan
December 23, 2019

After a Smooth Election, Real Challenges Still Ahead for Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Some voters in Tashkent have high hopes while others are more cynical that the flashy election will result in a new kind of politics.

Uzbekistan Gears Up For Parliamentary Elections Like Never Before
December 21, 2019

Uzbekistan Gears Up For Parliamentary Elections Like Never Before

By Catherine Putz
The polls, without any opposition or independent candidates, won't be completely free and fair. But they are a step forward.

Same Interests, New Climate: Assessing the US-Uzbekistan Relationship
December 19, 2019

Same Interests, New Climate: Assessing the US-Uzbekistan Relationship

By Catherine Putz
American interests in Uzbekistan have remained stable across administrations, but opportunities for cooperation have grown.

What Recent Protests in Uzbekistan Really Tell Us
December 17, 2019

What Recent Protests in Uzbekistan Really Tell Us

By Umida Hashimova
Nascent protests in Uzbekistan, many sparked by energy shortages, indicate some government weaknesses but also greater tolerance.
A Brief Flurry of Summitry in Central Asia
November 30, 2019

A Brief Flurry of Summitry in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The CSTO gathered in Bishkek and then the Central Asian presidents met in Tashkent this week.

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