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Alisher Khamidov

Kyrgyzstan: Surge of Piety Turning Town Into Alcohol-Free Zone

There was a time when Aravan, a bazaar town in a dusty...

Kyrgyzstan: Medieval Philosopher Reclaimed as National Hero

When the 11th-century philosopher and poet Yusuf Balasaguni published a work on...

Kyrgyzstan: Five Years After Pogroms, Healing a Work in Progress

For years, Kyrgyz herders from Osh’s hilly outskirts would come down to...

'Slowly, Change is Coming': Life for Women in the Post-Soviet World

From bride kidnapping to the gender pay gap, women in the 15...

Kyrgyzstan Hosts First “World Nomad Games,” But Can They Unite the Nation?

In the spring of 1206, legend has it, the Mongol steppe saw...

Kazakhstan Grapples With Reform of Sovereign-Wealth Fund

When Astana launched its sovereign-wealth fund in 2008, authorities asserted that Samruk-Kazyna...

Central Asia: Syria-linked Threats on Security Agenda

Security officials in several Central Asia states are playing up the threat...

Kazakhstan: Carbon Trade Scheme Fuels divisions in Kazakhstan

Authorities in Kazakhstan are at loggerheads with business executives over a plan...

Kazakhstan: Will the Elderly “Swallow” Pension Reform?

Zhaken Bissenova, the head of a non-profit that helps impoverished women in...

Central Asia: Citizens Learning to Take the Initiative

There’s actually a bright side to government dysfunction in Central Asia: when...

Kyrgyzstan: Could Kumtor Shakedown Backfire on Bishkek?

In another grim sign for foreign investors in Kyrgyzstan, a parliamentary probe...

Kyrgyzstan: A Free Press Begets Hate Speech

Recent developments in Kyrgyzstan are displaying the dark side of a free...

What's Behind Kyrgyzstan's U.S. and Russian Counterterror Training Centers?

A couple of weeks ago, Kyrgyzstan's president, Roza Otunbayeva, announced that the...

Closed Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Border Ratcheting Up Tensions

For Turgunaly Tagaev, a villager in southern Kyrgyzstan’s isolated and impoverished Batken...

Kyrgyzstan: Officials Making a Terrorism Case or Just Sowing Panic?

Kyrgyzstan’s security officials are not the most convincing bunch. So when they...

For the Record: Conflicting Reports on Latest Kyrgyzstan Violence

As we reported yesterday, Kyrgyz authorities have said that two violent incidents...

Kyrgyzstan: Muslims Bracing for a New Round of Repression

Kyrgyzstan’s provisional leaders initially courted public support by taking steps to reverse...

Uzbeks Leaving Southern Kyrgyzstan in “Mass Exodus”

Many of southern Kyrgyzstan’s ethnic Uzbeks, facing continued harassment from local authorities,...

Aid Distribution May Deepen Ethnic Divide in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Not only is southern Kyrgyzstan experiencing a refugee crisis, the region is...

From Our Correspondent: Looting and Lax Security in Osh

Editor's Note: Alisher Khamidov reports on his travels late on June 13...

Violence Spreading in Southern Kyrgyzstan; Uzbekistan Reacts Slowly to Refugee Crisis

Interethnic clashes spread in southern Kyrgyzstan on June 12, as the provisional...

Kyrgyz Security Forces Ill-Equipped to Stop Osh Interethnic Clashes

Clashes between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s southern capital, flared for...

Kyrygzstan’s Constitutional Referendum Causing Civil Society-Provisional Government Rift

Kyrgyzstan’s provisional leaders are counting on an upcoming constitutional referendum to foster...

Provisional Government Grappling with Simmering Ethnic Tension in Kyrgyzstan

As it strives to keep a lid on inter-ethnic tension in southern...

Not the Tulip Revolution All Over Again

Some observers are drawing strong parallels with the current instability in Kyrgyzstan...

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek's Crackdown on Radicals Raises Central-Local Government Tension

Kyrgyzstan's central government is keeping up the pressure on suspected Islamic radicals,...

Kyrgyzstan: Radical Islam Losing its Appeal amid Economic Distress and Government Repression

Economic adversity and aggressive government action in Kyrgyzstan have placed Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a...

Kyrgyzstan: Bakiyev's Reform Push Strives to Contain Corruption in Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan's cabinet resigned on October 20 as President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced a...

Kyrgyzstan: Bakiyev Courts Support of Believers

With Kyrgyzstan's July 23 presidential election fast approaching, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's administration...

Kazakhstan: Astana Proposes Tax Changes that Would Hit Energy Producers, Mineral Extractors

Seeking to diversify Kazakhstan's economy, government officials are considering changes to the...

Ferghana Valley: Harsh Winter's Legacy Stokes Ethnic Tension

Rising concern over the scarcity of water is stoking tension in border...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Presses Ahead with Controversial Plan to Privatize Electricity Grid

The Kyrgyz government is moving forward with plans to privatize the Central...

Uzbekistan: Having Weathered Winter, Authorities Brace for Spring

A winter of discontent in Uzbekistan is giving way to a spring...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Religious Policies Fueling Societal Tension

While the December 16 parliamentary elections were designed to promote political stability...

Real Estate Booming in Ferghana Valley

Prices for real estate are booming across Central Asia's Ferghana Valley in...

Political Discontent Simmers in the Ferghana Valley

Political discontent is brewing throughout the Kyrgyz, Tajik and Uzbek portions of...

Kyrgyzstan: Kinship and Patronage Networks Emerge as a Potent Political Force

Informal patronage networks and kinship ties played a pivotal role in determining...

Kyrgyzstan: Kinship and Patronage Networks Emerge as a Potent Political Force

Informal patronage networks and kinship ties played a pivotal role in determining...

Central Asia: Authorities Stiffen Control Over Pilgrimage

Tighter government regulations on pilgrimage to Mecca are causing discontent among Muslims...

Kyrgyz Officials Launch Controversial “Terrorist” Attack Probe

A police crackdown against suspected Islamic extremists following a recent grenade blast...

Kyrgyzstan’s Uzbeks: A Safe Vote for the Government

Concern about Kyrgyzstan's civil rights climate is prompting the country's sizeable Uzbek...

Fears of Presidential Power Play Dog Kygyz Opposition Group

Close ties between Kyrgyzstan's newly formed opposition movement and President Askar Akayev...

Hizb-ut-Tahrir Faces Internal Split in Central Asia

There are indications that internal differences over strategy and tactics are threatening...

Controversial Law Prompts Speculation About Kyrgyzstan's Political Future

A new law in Kyrgyzstan that guarantees immunity from prosecution for the...

Officials in Kyrgyzstan Suggest Islamic Militant Group Is Active Again

Law-enforcement authorities in Kyrgyzstan suggest that two men detained in connection with...

New Constitution Runs Risk of Deepening North-South Divide in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan's new constitution, approved in a recent nationwide referendum, strengthens the decision-making...

Kyrgyz-Tajik Border Riots Highlight Building Inter-Ethnic Tension in Central Asia

Recent riots at border posts in both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan highlight the...

Kyrgyzstan: Organized Opposition and Civil Unrest

This is the second in a series of reports on opposition movements...

Brewing Ethnic Tension Causing Worry in South Kyrgyzstan

While political protests and arrests continue their cycle in Kyrgyzstan, some observers...

Ak-Sui Trial in Kyrgyzstan Causes Rift Between President and Law-Enforcement Officials

The prosecution of officials over a March protest that left five dead...

Islamic Radical Organization Steadily Increases Support Base in Kyrgyzstan

Almost a year after the United States launched its campaign against terrorism...

Ethnic Uzbeks Stoke Unrest in Southern Kyrgyzstan

While Kyrgyz supporters of arrested Parliament member Azimbek Beknazarov demonstrated in front...

Kyrgyzstan's Unrest Linked to Clan Rivalries

Political unrest continues to buffet Kyrgyzstan, as protestors on June 5 again...

Cult of Personality May Undermine Kyrgyz Civil Society

The recent violent clashes between protestors and police in Kyrgyzstan fit a...

Hunger Striker's Death Heightens Kyrgyz Political Tension

The death of a hunger striker in Kyrgyzstan has prompted opposition politicians...

MP's Arrest Focuses Attention on Executive-Legislative Struggle in Kyrgyzstan

A power struggle is building between the executive and legislative branches of...

DISPUTE OVER CHINA-KYRGYZ BORDER DEMARCATION PITS PRESIDENT VS. PARLIAMENT

President Askar Akayev's administration and legislators are at loggerheads over the delimitation...

Central Asia Has Unique Opportunity to Prevent AIDS Epidemic

Central Asian governments have a "unique opportunity" to prevent an explosion of...

Kulov Verdict Indicates Akayev Moving in Authoritarian Direction

A Military Court's conviction of leading opposition politician Felix Kulov is part...

Kyrgyz Crackdown on Islamic Religious Groups Set to Continue in 2001

As President Askar Akayev establishes the administrative groundwork for his third term,...

Akayev Approaches December 9 Inauguration, Faces Daunting Socio-Economic Challenges

As President Askar Akayev prepares for his inauguration at a joint parliamentary...

Akayev Wins Reelection Amid Fraud Claims

Incumbent leader Askar Akayev appears to have handily defeated five rivals in...