EurasiaChat: China, Islam... and love in Philadelphia
In this edition of the EurasiaChat podcast, Alisher Khamidov shares some insights on his recent stay in the U.S. city of Philadelphia, which he describes as being like a “new Almaty or new Tashkent” for all the Central Asian migrants that have settled there.
EurasiaChat: Water and work in short supply
In our podcast this week, Alisher Khamidov, Peter Leonard and Aigerim Toleukhanova provide an update on how Central Asian countries may be abetting Russian efforts to circumvent international sanctions, and what Western officials are doing to tighten these loopholes. Senior U.S.
EurasiaChat: Slave labor and statelessness in Central Asia
In our podcast this week, Alisher Khamidov and Peter Leonard discuss a Kyrgyzstan man held as a slave laborer in Kazakhstan for 32 years. His plight is party the fault of convoluted working regulations in Kazakhstan, where thousands toil without papers, making them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. This is a problem across the region, yet it rarely makes headlines or draws public indignation.
EurasiaChat: Sexual slavery in Uzbekistan
In our podcast this week, Aigerim Toleukhanova and Alisher Khamidov discuss how reports of a small group of separatists in northern Kazakhstan have outraged Kazakhs. But how credible is the threat? And why has the group emerged now? Regional governments are good at using fears of separatism to argue that citizens must fall into line, to silence protests and democratic movements.
EurasiaChat: Lingering tensions with the Taliban
In our podcast this week Aigerim Toleukhanova and Alisher Khamidov revisit the “relokanty” – Russians who fled the war – who are now receiving expedited Kyrgyz citizenship, buying property and opening businesses. But their presence is no longer as controversial as it was last year when the sudden arrival of thousands upset local economies and stoked inflation.
EurasiaChat: How to reintegrate ISIS women and children
This week on our podcast, Aigerim Toleukhanova and Alisher Khamidov discuss local cynicism about the American commitment to Central Asia following U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit. Russia is more dependent on good relations with Central Asia than ever before, and China gives billions without demanding reforms.
EurasiaChat: A year of de-Russification in Central Asia
This week on our podcast, Aigul Adzhieva, a documentary filmmaker investigating Kyrgyzstan's epidemic of gender-based and domestic violence, discusses how the scourge is fueled by social fragmentation, the growing wealth gap, and a lack of kindness in Kyrgyz society.
EurasiaChat: Central Asians live in Turkish buildings
In our podcast this week, hosts Aigerim Toleukhanova and Alisher Khamidov discuss how Central Asians see the Turkish earthquake: a tragedy in a friendly country, first, but also a frightening portent.
EurasiaChat: Putin's propagandists lose steam
In our podcast this week, hosts Aigerim Toleukhanova and Alisher Khamidov discuss attacks on Central Asian journalists, the changing impact of Russian propaganda, and Kazakhstan’s new nameless McDonald’s.