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Report details increasing trade between Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Informal trade between Georgia and its breakaway territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia,...

Uzbekistan: Hizb ut-Tahrir trial a testbed for religious boundaries

The opening hearing of Guzal Tokhtakhadjayeva’s criminal trial last month began late...

Erdoğan calls for ‘common sense’ from new Armenian government

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week called on Armenia to show...

Perspectives | Tashkent Syndrome: Is Uzbekistan getting a free pass?

What is the right bar against which to measure the seriousness of...

Uzbekistan: Coming to America

“Amerika serkhli diyor!” — America, a land of wonder!...

Georgia Protests: Nightlife against Nationalists

Georgia's fierce culture wars escalated over the weekend after a heavy-handed police...

Kazakhstan: World War II parade puts local authorities in a bind

With each year that passes, the Immortal Regiment in the northern Kazakhstan...

Perspectives | Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s migration outlier

Central Asian states are collectively known as a wellspring of migrants, most...

Turkmenistan's new $1.5 billion port: Show over substance?

Accolades are rolling in for cash-strapped, cut-off Turkmenistan’s newly opened $1.5 billion...

Turkmenistan: Taking in the dirty laundry

Akhal-Teke is a Eurasianet column compiling news and analysis from Turkmenistan....

Uzbekistan: Turkish president’s visit generates billions in deals

The renewed friendship between Turkey and Uzbekistan has generated a few more...

Perspectives | Navigating Xinjiang’s security checkpoints

In recent years, Chinese authorities have established numerous checkpoints in cities and...

Perspectives | Radicalization among Central Asia’s migrants: Views from the ground

The latest contribution to the field of research on violent religious radicalization...

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament topples PM, the ex-president's final holdover ally

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have turned in dramatic fashion on the government and...

Tajikistan: Chinese company gets gold mine in return for power plant

A company from China has reportedly been granted a license to operate...

US says Central Asia-focused ISIS recruiter killed in airstrike

The main alleged recruiter of Central Asian nationals into the ranks of...

The Central Asianist Podcast: Of politics and patronage in Kyrgyzstan

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

Uzbekistan: Security services still see opposition as threat 

The security services in Uzbekistan have laid down a bold red line...

Uzbekistan throws party for Afghanistan talks, Taliban skips

It has been many a year since Uzbekistan’s capital has seen such...

China assures Kazakhstan that US trade offensive won't hit imports

China has pledged to boost imports from Kazakhstan and guaranteed that US...

Perspectives | Scholar Contemplates the Limits of Change in Uzbekistan

Since assuming power over 18 months ago, Uzbekistan’s president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has cultivated...

Tajikistan denies funneling weapons to Taliban

Tajikistan has staunchly denied accusations leveled by a high-ranking US general that...

Sumalak, Kyrgyzstan's Nowruz Treat for the Pure of Heart

Sumalak, the gooey germinated wheat-based treat made to mark the spring equinox...

Remittances to Central Asia Surge But Fall Short of Historic Highs

Fresh data from Russia’s Central Bank have shown a strong resurgence in...

Ukraine Delays Investigation of Journalist Wanted by Azerbaijan

An opposition Azerbaijani journalist remains in legal limbo in Ukraine after a...

Tajikistan and Nowruz: Renewal, Forgiveness and Solidarity

Nowruz, the festival of the spring equinox, a ritual celebration of renewal,...

Central Asia Leaders Confab but Stop Short of Binding Commitments

A gathering of Central Asia presidents held in Kazakhstan’s capital this week...

US Military Giving Up on Kyrgyzstan

The United States appears to have given up on military cooperation with...

Think Tank Warns of Possible Unrest In Tajikistan's Pamir Region

An International Crisis Group briefing on Tajikistan is sounding the alarm on...

Uzbek Artist Builds on Central Asia's Epic Tradition

Put this in your mental blender: An ancient, good-versus-evil epic with a...

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Learn to Be Friends Again

The president of Uzbekistan was due to fly out of Tajikistan around...

Armenia Prepares to Empower Prime Minister, Downgrade President

Powerbrokers in Armenia are set to elect a new president, completing the...

Central Asia: Put Out the Islamic State Flags

A curious little drama has played out in Tajikistan that neatly encapsulates...

Turkmenistan's Plan B: Electricity Exports

With all the fanfare that accompanied the recent start to work on...

Kyrgyzstan: Arrested MP Found to Have Kazakh Citizenship

The scandal involving a Kyrgyz lawmaker arrested in Kazakhstan last week on...

Armenian Olympic Skier Finds Himself With No Skis

Armenia’s only alpine skier at the Winter Olympic games in South Korea...

Tajikistan: Turkey Hands Over Opposition Politician in Extra-Legal Move

An opposition politician from Tajikistan has...

Tajikistan: Grandson of Opposition Leader Denied Medical Treatment

The family members of an exiled opposition politician from Tajikistan have said...

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Border Impasse: Finding a Way Out of a Tight Spot

The districts of Batken and Lelik are tucked away in a southwest...

Perspectives | A Guide to Central Asia's Sacred Spaces

Władysław Bukowiński, a Polish priest born in what is now Ukraine, was...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

TAPI Enters Afghan Phase with Little Cash and Many Problems

It is the natural gas pipeline project that many have long said...

China Denies Plans to Build Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

China has formally denied reports that it is building a military base...


Perspectives | Is the Eurasian Belt and Road Headed toward a Rate Wrangle?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative may be in its infancy,...

Uzbekistan Racing Against Time to Avoid Energy Crunch

Since the soil beneath Uzbekistan is brimming with oil and gas riches,...

As Uzbekistan’s Last Stalinist Politician Exits Scene, What Next?

The morning in Uzbekistan began, fittingly enough, with an earthquake....

Tajikistan Resumes Building Turkmenistan-China Pipeline

Work has resumed in Tajikistan on construction work on a natural gas...

Uzbekistan: President Fires Powerful Security Services Chief 

The president of Uzbekistan has in his most dramatic personnel reshuffle since...

Perspectives | Uzbekistan & Tajikistan: Catalysts for a Regional Water Solution?

The continuing rapprochement between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan could provide a boost to...

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

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

Presidential Selection: Armen Sargsyan’s Second Coming to Armenia

On January 19, Armenia’s outgoing president Serzh Sargsyan presented his ambassador to...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

The first specialized academy of higher learning in Uzbekistan devoted exclusively to...

Karabakh: More (Relative) Calm Ahead in 2018?

2017 began with dire predictions for Nagorno Karabakh....

Кыргызстан: Поставщики топлива для центра "Манас" связаны с местными фирмами неясными узами

Кыргызские власти ведут расследование по делу о поставках топлива для Центра транзитных...

Кыргызстан: Поставщик топлива для центра "Манас" получил двойную порцию хороших новостей

Скандальный поставщик авиакеросина для Центра транзитных перевозок "Манас" в Кыргызстане, компания Mina...

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

The United States planned a large increase in special forces training programs...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Report: China Building Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

China is building a military base for the Afghan armed forces in...

Uzbekistan Pins Tourism Dreams on Celebrity Ambassadors

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a tyubeteika. Cristiano Ronaldo in a khalat. Those are...

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

Uzbekistan’s recent efforts to reform its cotton-production system have caught the attention of...

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

The new National Security Strategy of the United States portrays the Caucasus...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Uzbekistan Restoring Closer Military Ties with Russia

Uzbekistan has agreed to buy Russian attack helicopters, the latest sign that...

Kyrgyzstan Orders Deportation of AFP Central Asia Correspondent

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have ordered the deportation of the Central Asia correspondent...

What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing...

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all...

Eurasian Economic Union:  Many Problems, Few Solutions

The squabble between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was relatively petty, but the cracks...

Afghanistan's Ghani Visits Uzbekistan on Mission to Plug Into Central Asia

The president of Afghanistan has visited Uzbekistan on a mission to plug...

Georgia: New Europe-Asia Rail Route Slow to Produce Economic Benefits – Locals

On the outskirts of the sleepy Georgian town of Akhalkalki, set against...

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Uzbekistan: Gay Couple Arrested for Engaging in Illegal Relations

Two gay men have been arrested in Uzbekistan and face charges of...

Kyrgyzstan: Children’s Literature Taking Fresh Look at Old Fables

Esal, a seven-year-old girl, was born in a country where everything is...

Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine....

Uzbekistan: Starting to Grapple with Labor Migration Issue

The recent murder of an Uzbek migrant in the Moscow region was stunning for its...

Tajikistan: God’s Chosen President Gets Play Treatment

A playwright in Tajikistan has written a semi-mystical and highly complimentary play...

Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine Find a New Home in Turkey

Turkey has accepted the last of thousands of Meskhetian Turks from Ukraine...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

Uzbekistan Strikes Multibillion Dollar Deals in Korea, Seeks Mining Help

In his latest foray in the mission to reopen his nation to...

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

With only days remaining before his six-year tenure as chief executive ends,...

Kazakhstan: Financial Illiteracy Hampering Economic Recovery

Kazakhstan’s National Bank will embark on research next year to find out...

Tajikistan: Russia Shows Off Jeweler-Like Accuracy of Iskander-M Missile

Ten-day military exercises in Tajikistan by a Moscow-led security alliance have seen...

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

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

Kazakhstan Summons Landmark Central Asian Leaders Summit

Kazakhstan is seeking to reprise its role as a locomotive for regional...

Turkmenistan: Fear and Loathing in Ashgabat

When the opportunity arose to travel to Turkmenistan and cover the 5th Asian...

The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Power Grids to Reunite in Boon for the Region

In the latest heartening indication of improving energy cooperation in Central Asia,...

Kazakhstan, Paradise Papers: Offshore Propped Up by Bailed-out Bank

A trove of documents obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung has shed...

Islam, the State, and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia

It is a common assumption that the Bolsheviks, after consolidating their hold...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

A mass killing in New York perpetrated by a citizen of Uzbekistan...

Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

The launch of a new railway in the South Caucasus has the...

Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Look at the Balance Sheet at the Centennial

Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any...

Tashkent City: Is ‘Progress’ Worth the Price Being Paid in Uzbekistan?

The silver skyscrapers of Tashkent City are intended to declare Uzbekistan’s capital...

Uzbekistan: Media Conference Overshadowed by Jailing of Reporter

A conference on media freedoms that took place this week in Uzbekistan...

Kyrgyzstan and the Mummy’s Curse

Cultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have caused a stink by allowing the mummified...

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater,...

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Election Produces First-Round Winner

Kyrgyzstan has chosen a new president, but it remains to be seen...

Tajikistan: Small-Time Debtors Detained, Larger Delinquents Get Away

Police in Tajikistan announced in early October, via a run-of-the-mill press release,...

Kyrgyzstan: Dirty Election, Vibrant Electorate

While the sharp escalation of dirty tricks has soured the mood ahead...

On Language: The Many Flavors of Persian in Eurasia

Is Tajik a dialect of Persian? Or a language in its own...

As Russian Military Exercises in Armenia, Is Syria on its Mind?

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led military bloc, is carrying out...