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Hugh Williamson

China: One Belt, One Road, Lots of Obligations

It’s not often that the leaders of democracies like Switzerland and Spain...

Turkmenistan: Election Spectacle Hides Disturbing Economic Decline

Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov – Turkmenistan’s car-racing, horse-riding, operation-performing, book-publishing and singing-songwriting president –...

Kazakhstan: The Labor Crackdown and Possible Unintended Consequences

Things are getting serious again in western Kazakhstan. This oil-rich region on...

Going to Central Asia? Make the Trip Count

Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is visiting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan this...

Russia Celebrates Crimea Grab, Critics Denounce 'Climate of Fear'

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the seizure of Crimea from...

Time for Germany to Take a New Approach on Uzbekistan

Germany is ending its controversial military cooperation with Uzbekistan over the Termez...

Turkmenistan: Homes Wrecked to Make Way for Sporting Venue

A report by Amnesty International accuses authorities in Turkmenistan of an unprecedented...

Tajik Journalist Jailed for Alleged Crime Committed at 6 Years Old

Tajikistan’s justice system has set a disconcerting precedent by jailing an independent...

Watchdog Blasts Kazakhstan’s New “Barefaced Government Censorship”

An international human rights watchdog has urged Kazakhstan to repeal controversial new...

Experts Look at Image Crafting and the Rise of the “Advertorial Age”

A recent roundtable discussion at Columbia University examined the issue of image...

Kazakhstan: Blair Criticized for Cozying Up To Astana

Just over two years ago, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev’s Party Target of Passionate Poem on Zhanaozen Killings

As the shooting of unarmed protestors by Kazakh security forces in Zhanaozen...