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John Heathershaw

Academic Freedom in Tajikistan Endangered: What is to be Done?

Academic freedom is imperiled in Tajikistan, and determined action by the international...

Таджикистан: Свободная пресса пала жертвой проводимой Душанбе спецоперации

Власти Таджикистана объявили об успехе операции против исламских боевиков в Раштской долине,...

Expert Opinions, Episode 3: Looking at Luxury Real Estate’s Money Laundering Role

A podcast from the Harriman Institute at Columbia University....

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained...

Tajikistan, Russia Mired in New Flights Battle

With the New Year holidays approaching, Russia and Tajikistan have decided to...

As Tajikistan Limits Islam, Does It Risk Destabilization?

Nabijon spends nearly 10 hours a day inside his one-room barbershop in...

What Did Tajikistan's ISIS Colonel Learn From His American Training?

The senior Tajikistan police official who apparently defected to ISIS had taken...

Academics Slam ICG Report on Radicalization in Central Asia

The International Crisis Group’s latest report, “Syria Calling: Radicalization in Central Asia,”...

Puncturing The Myths Of Radical Islam In Central Asia

The notion that authoritarian governments and their enablers abroad cynically exaggerate the...

Tajikistan Lets Scholar Accused of Espionage Leave Country

The Tajik scholar whose June arrest on espionage charges ignited an international...

Sodiqov Charges Spur Worries about Academic Freedom

As news trickled out of Taijkistan on July 22 that the government...

Tajikistan: Dushanbe Still Silent on “Disappeared” Scholar

Tajik authorities have allegedly paraded University of Toronto researcher Alexander Sodiqov, who...

Authorities Detain Tajik Researcher, Whereabouts Uncertain

The unexplained arrest of a researcher carrying out fieldwork in Tajikistan’s troubled...

Tajikistan: Could Showdown With Popular Cleric Backfire?

With a court order to close one of Tajikistan’s most popular mosques,...

The West Wing and U.S. Policy in Central Asia

What does the TV show The West Wing have to do with...

Central Asia: Is Russia Ready to Address Central Asia’s Border Woes?

As US-led forces gear up to downsize in Afghanistan, Moscow is increasingly...

Tajikistan's Violence, Coming From Inside and Out

There has been uncertainty for some time (including on this blog) about...

Tajikistan: Free Press a Casualty amid Dushanbe’s Security Sweep

Officials in Tajikistan have proclaimed a security sweep against alleged Islamic militants...