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Nate Schenkkan

The Central Asianist Podcast: Of politics and patronage in Kyrgyzstan

In episode 25, Nate Schenkkan talks with Aksana Ismailbekova about her book...

The Central Asianist Podcast with Nate Schenkkan: Order at the Bazaar

In this episode, Nate talks with Regine A....

The Central Asianist Podcast with Nate Schenkkan: Kyrgyzstan’s “War on Terror”

Nate Schenkkan is the Project Director for Nations in Transit at Freedom...

Freedom House: Economic Troubles Threaten Stability in Ex-Soviet 'Dictatorships'

In a new report, Freedom House warns that economic woes are threatening...

Kazakhstan: Astana at a Turning Point

You see banners all across Kazakhstan, strung across government buildings, on airport...

Kazakhstan: Government Pressure on Devout Muslims Generates Resentment

After Friday prayers ended recently at Atyrau’s Old Mosque, a crowd of...

Kazakhstan: Environmental Dispute Raises Questions about Judicial Authority

At the northern edge of the vast Karachaganak gas condensate field sits...

Kazakhstan: Concern Rising Over Ethnic Kazakh Returnees

Not far from Kazakhstan’s main seaport on the Caspian Sea lies a...

Kazakhstan: Could Copyright Crackdown Be Next Frontier in Curbing Dissent?

New copyright legislation has hobbled Kazakhstan’s Internet traffic and angered tens of...

Kazakhstan: In Restive Oil Town, Astana’s Outreach Meets Anger

Officials in Kazakhstan are trying to listen to disgruntled residents of Zhanaozen,...

Kyrgyzstan: Behind the Mask of a Provocative Performer

The music video is all one take. Standing behind a podium bearing...

Central Asia: Struggling to Keep the Lights On

A combination of severe cold and antiquated infrastructure this winter is leaving...