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Karakalpak Activist Deprived of Kazakh Citizenship

Karakalpak Activist Deprived of Kazakh Citizenship

By Catherine Putz
Uzbek authorities have told Kazakh authorities that Urazbayev never officially renounced his Uzbek citizenship and therefore Kazakh authorities have revoked his Kazakh citizenship. 
A Tale of 2 Uzbek Bloggers: Arifhojaev Freed, Khaidarov Jailed

A Tale of 2 Uzbek Bloggers: Arifhojaev Freed, Khaidarov Jailed

By Catherine Putz
Uzbek bloggers Fazilhoja Arifhojaev and Olimjon Khaidarov occupy vastly different ends of the blogger spectrum, but they illustrate the limits of free speech in Uzbekistan. 

Uzbekistan Takes a Stance Against Promoting or Endorsing Polygamy 

Uzbekistan Takes a Stance Against Promoting or Endorsing Polygamy 

By Niginakhon Saida
While polygamy is illegal in Uzbekistan, having a second (or third) wife is still trendy.

Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska on ‘New Uzbekistan’

Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska on ‘New Uzbekistan’

By Catherine Putz
"While it is undeniable that Mirziyoyev’s Uzbekistan is less paranoid, much freer and tolerant than Karimov’s... the very nature of the system remains unchanged."

France’s Strategic Pivot to Central Asia: Strengthening Ties with Uzbekistan and Shaping Regional Dynamics

France’s Strategic Pivot to Central Asia: Strengthening Ties with Uzbekistan and Shaping Regional Dynamics

By Alouddin Komilov
France's strategic moves in Central Asia, exemplified by Macron's recent visit to Uzbekistan, are driven by myriad factors.
USAID’s Investments: Fostering Sustainable Development and Partnership in Uzbekistan

USAID’s Investments: Fostering Sustainable Development and Partnership in Uzbekistan

By Alouddin Komilov
Newly announced funding for several initiatives has the potential to support sustainable growth, improved healthcare, and effective governance in Uzbekistan. 

How Is the Israel-Hamas War Being Framed in Central Asia?

How Is the Israel-Hamas War Being Framed in Central Asia?

By Colleen Wood
Journalists, influencers, and religious teachers are using social media to inform Central Asians about the Israel-Hamas war.
In Samarkand, USAID Head Power Announces New Funds for Central Asia

In Samarkand, USAID Head Power Announces New Funds for Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced an additional $14.3 million in regional programing, plus $18.7 million to boost collaboration in Uzbekistan, specifically.

In Uzbekistan, a Nascent Push for Green Energy

In Uzbekistan, a Nascent Push for Green Energy

By Zhanaiym Kozybay
Amidst the energy and electricity crisis, Tashkent’s pursuit of renewables is as much about addressing the threat of climate change as it is about shoring up its energy security.

A Fourth Karakalpak Released From Detention in Kazakhstan

A Fourth Karakalpak Released From Detention in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
While the releases in Kazakhstan have been welcomed by the Karakalpak community, it’s clear that a sense of unease remains. 

Measuring the Power and Legitimacy of Uzbekistan’s Islamic Leaders

Measuring the Power and Legitimacy of Uzbekistan’s Islamic Leaders

By Niginakhon Saida
The popularity of religious figures in Uzbekistan is tied to their legitimacy, itself derived from their formal positions within government-affiliated religious institutions.
New Uzbekistan’s Reform Agenda: A Catalyst for Stronger US Bilateral Relations

New Uzbekistan’s Reform Agenda: A Catalyst for Stronger US Bilateral Relations

By Ambassador Furqat Sidikov
Uzbekistan is a bedrock U.S. partner in a dynamic region.

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