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Myles G. Smith

Turkmenistan to Build Another Expensive Thing It Doesn't Need

A commentary Turkmenistan appears poised to build the one white elephant it's...

While Central Asia Deintegrates, Washington Policy Crowd Envisions Integrated Future

Two panels this month, one in Washington and the other in Istanbul,...

Central Asia: Inconclusive State Dept. Terror Report Hedges on Threats

The US State Department’s annual terrorism report, released this week, provides a...

Kyrgyzstan: Another Foreign Miner Faces Trouble, This Time in Rare Earths

Just in case foreign investors needed another reason to be wary of...

Kazakhstan: CNN Blurs Line Between News and Advertising

All this week, CNN International, part of that “most trusted name in...

Kyrgyzstan: Could Microfinance Bubble Burst?

Tatyana Baksheeva, a resident of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, is a young woman with...

Kyrgyzstan Trying to Systematize University Admissions, Curbing Corruption

Inna Valkova is accustomed to the prying government officials and tax inspectors...

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Burger Barons Channel Ray Kroc’s Spirit

This is a tale of a hippo emulating a behemoth. The outcome...