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Justin Burke

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Eurasianet.org is an independent news organization that covers news from and about the...

The Aral Sea from 35,000 Feet: Not a Pretty Picture

The disappearance of the Aral Sea ranks as one of the worst...

EurasiaNet Garners Nomination for an “Oscar of the Internet”

Journalist Andrew North’s dedication to “slow story-telling” has helped EurasiaNet.org garner a...

Russia: Geopolitical Gifts Mask an Economic Dilemma for Putin

As Russia prepares to celebrate Orthodox Christmas, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has...

Assessing US-Russian Relations Post-Paris

It would be prudent in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks...

Azerbaijan: UNICEF and the European Games

Among the sponsors of the Azerbaijan-hosted European Games, one is not like...

Is Putin Fighting His Decisive Battle?

Russian leader Vladimir Putin could right now be facing his Gettysburg, experiencing...

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

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

Azerbaijan: Leading Investigative Reporter Detained

Authorities in Azerbaijan took steps December 5 to muzzle Khadija Ismayilova, an...

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutors Drop Test Case Against Osh NGO

Prosecutors in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s southern capital, have dropped a criminal case against...

Central Asia: Report Shines Light on State Surveillance Practices

Western and Russian companies are helping Central Asian governments build and maintain vast surveillance...

Kyrgyzstan: Criminal Probe Has Rights Activists on Alert

Civil society activists in Kyrgyzstan are warily eyeing a criminal case initiated...

Central Asia: Property Rights Are the Toughest Nut to Crack

In going back to the drawing board to work on fresh ways...

Turkmenistan: Reports Opens Window On Torture

It’s no secret that Turkmenistan, a modern-day hermit khanate with one of...

Kyrgyz Citizen Charged With Obstructing Justice in Boston Marathon Bombings

Federal Prosecutors unsealed an indictment on May 30 charging Khairullozhon Matanov, a...

Crimea: World Cup Own-Goal for Kremlin?

Could 2018 become the new 1980? It might, if recent initiatives aiming...

What to do About Putin’s Information War?

As the reality of the Vladimir Putin’s Crimean land grab sinks in,...

Is Latvia’s Door to Europe Closing for Russians, Central Asians?

Now that Latvia has joined the euro zone, legislators in Riga can...

Kyrgyzstan: Banking Tussle Nearing Resolution?

A long-running conflict between Latvian banker Valeri Belokon and the government of...

Central Asia: In for a Bumpy Ride in 2014 and Beyond?

This past weekend, I had the chance to host a discussion aimed...

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

Turkmenistan’s economic partnership with China continues to grow as China steps up...

Turkmenistan: Boxing Flap Gives Ashgabat a Black Eye

We at EurasiaNet.org are shocked, shocked that Turkmenistan finds itself embroiled in...

Russia: Putinism and the Russian Economy

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s once-and-future president, has built his political reputation on a...

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat Adapts Tale of Snow White and Seven Dwarfs to Politics

A theme song for Turkmenistan’s presidential election on February 12 could be...

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat Goes Through Caspian Sea Motions

Here’s one for the “exercise-in-futility” department: a governmental commission convened recently in...

Turkmenistan: Berdymukhamedov Channels Billie Holiday

Dictator, dentist and crooner too. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, Turkmenistan’s political supremo, can do...

Who's Who

• Justin Burke, Managing Editor, jburke@eurasianet.org...

Uzbekistan: When in Doubt, Tashkent Blames Rap Music

Fans of the comedy show Saturday Night Live might remember The Church...

Interview 180: East Asian Economies May Be Model for Central Asia

As an economist at the University of Applied Sciences in Goettingen, Manuel...

Interview 180: Azerbaijan Eager to Maintain Balanced Foreign Policy

Samuel Lussac is a PhD candidate in political science at the Institute...

Grants & Employment

Announcing the 2011 Afghan Communications Scholarship Program Application Deadline: Monday, November 29,...

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Russian Deployment In Kyrgyzstan Could Prompt Growing Domestic Turmoil

Officials in both Moscow and Bishkek have cast the decision to establish...

Kazakhstani Opposition Movement Prepares to Rewnew Battle With Naza

The Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan, the country's main opposition movement, is preparing...

Kyrgyz Clash Marks End of "Era of Peaceful Protest" in Kyrgyzstan

Once hailed as an "island of democracy," Kyrgyzstan now finds itself engulfed...

Opposition Leader Promises to Turn Up Heat on Niyazov

In an exclusive interview with EurasiaNet, Boris Shikhmuradov, a leader of Turkmenistan's...

Congressional Group Holds Informal Discussion with Iranian Diplomat

A small group of US congressmen attended an informal dinner in Washington...

US Forces Start Conducting Joint Military Operations With the Northern Alliance

The US armed forces have launched combined military operations with fighters of...

THE UNITED STATES MUST TREAD CAREFULLY IN CENTRAL ASIA

The deployment of American military forces in Central Asia brings with it...

Abkhazia Primed to Explode Again, Russia Poised to Intervene

The fallout from the September 11 terrorist attacks is spreading to the...

Iran Seeks Role in Caspian Oil and Gas Game

Iran is moving aggressively to stake out a major role in the...

The Central Asian Insurgency: Why Not Negotiations?

With fighting continuing in Central Asia, several high-profile political leaders and human...

The Makings of a Quagmire in Central Asia

With sporadic fighting continuing between government forces and Islamic insurgents, Central Asia...