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Privatization in Uzbekistan: Potential Far From Fulfilled 

Privatization in Uzbekistan: Potential Far From Fulfilled 

By Bryn Windsor
While some progress has been made, foreign investors are starting to wonder if Uzbekistan’s privatization agenda will ever live up to its much-lauded potential. 
Pakistan Government Sets the Stage for Reforms: Will the Public Embrace Change?

Pakistan Government Sets the Stage for Reforms: Will the Public Embrace Change?

By Umair Jamal
Among other reforms, it is considering privatizing dozens of loss-making state-owned enterprises.

Patrick Winn on the Narco-Economy of Myanmar’s Wa State

Patrick Winn on the Narco-Economy of Myanmar’s Wa State

By Sebastian Strangio
“Without heroin and meth, the state probably wouldn’t exist, and the Wa would be one more indigenous people preyed upon by Myanmar’s military.”

China’s Green Energy Investments Aim at Latin America Amid Competition With the US

China’s Green Energy Investments Aim at Latin America Amid Competition With the US

By Ricardo Lopes Kotz
Chinese investments in Latin America are shifting to focus on decarbonization and renewable energies, using technologies that are strategic for the future of the global economy. 

Beneath the Surface: Mongolia’s Quest for Minerals Integrity

Beneath the Surface: Mongolia’s Quest for Minerals Integrity

By Isabel Cane
For Mongolia, economic and diplomatic success are both underpinned by the need for ongoing commitments to democratic principles and good governance.
China’s Investment in the Balkans: A Decade of Discontent

China’s Investment in the Balkans: A Decade of Discontent

By Nils Resare and Wawa Wang
Chinese investments into the Western Balkans have left a trail of public outcry and legal battles, revealing a region grappling with the complexities of economic development and foreign influence. 

Why Is Bangladesh Seeking a $5 Billion Soft Loan From China?

Why Is Bangladesh Seeking a $5 Billion Soft Loan From China?

By Ali Riaz
An unaccountable governance system will keep the conditions of the loan hidden.
Opportunities Grow in South Korea for Uzbek Workers

Opportunities Grow in South Korea for Uzbek Workers

By Catherine Putz
As South Korea increasingly looks to migrant labor to address shortages in major industries, Uzbekistan is keen on providing workers.

Amazon Web Services Announces $9 Billion Cloud Investment in Singapore

Amazon Web Services Announces $9 Billion Cloud Investment in Singapore

By Sebastian Strangio
The investment will augment Amazon's cloud infrastructure in Singapore, and reinforce the city-state’s status as one of the world’s major data hubs.

Is the Lao State Collapsing?

Is the Lao State Collapsing?

By David Hutt
The current economic crisis has hollowed out the capacity of an already weak state apparatus.

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Construction to Begin in October, Kyrgyz President Says

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Construction to Begin in October, Kyrgyz President Says

By Catherine Putz
Sadyr Japarov reportedly said the railway will make Kyrgyzstan “a transit country for the world.” But the project is an enormous undertaking with unclear financing. 
2023 Was Another Big Year for Indonesian Cinema

2023 Was Another Big Year for Indonesian Cinema

By James Guild
Box office receipts have to return to their pre-pandemic levels, but locally-made films are making up a greater proportion of ticket sales.

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