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Central Asia

Tajikistan’s kandakori – a millennial craft keeps going strong

For more than a millennium, craftsmen in Central Asia have been carving...

Tajikistan: Rights groups urge clemency for journalist in appeal

A court in Tajikistan is this week set to hear the appeal...

Uzbekistan: Art lovers create online catalog for Savitsky collection

Art experts have begun assembling an online catalog of the collection at...

Perspectives | On the importance of being Soviet

Travelling one evening on the train from Astana to Almaty in Kazakhstan,...

Istanbul's storied 'suitcase trade' with ex-USSR remains resilient despite downturn

It's rush hour in Istanbul's Laleli district, and young porters are hauling...

Caspian agreement may trigger cascade of energy projects

A convention on the Caspian Sea to be signed at an upcoming...

Kazakhstan: Will Astana’s financial gamble pay off?

If the gamble behind the Astana International Financial Center pays off, Kazakhstan...

Unpacking debt in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

To maintain their current growth momentum, the five post-Soviet Central Asian republics...

Turkmenistan: The more it changes, the more it stays the same

Finally some good news is on the horizon for Turkmenistan....

Music review | Straight outta Kazakhstan, rapping in Russian

A Russian friend once explained to me that the world’s first rapper...

Kazakhstan: In two minds about cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrency business can be a flash in the pan....

Kyrgyzstan frets over terror plots

Kyrgyzstan is fretting amid claims of a series of terrorist plots and...

Turkey’s foreign minister visits Azerbaijan in first overseas trip

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavuşoğlu traveled to Baku and pledged to continue...

Central Asia sees opportunity in US-China trade war

In the escalating trade dispute between Washington and Beijing, Central Asia stands...

The soft power of fame: A Kazakh star in China

In May, China televised a live concert to celebrate its grand infrastructure...

Kyrgyzstan: President offers olive branch to civil society

Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has surprised many in the country by hosting...

Russia: New migrant registration rules threaten tenuous livelihoods

Russia has adopted new registration rules impacting millions of foreigners working in...

Ethnic Kazakh's life in balance as deportation to China looms

A trial taking place in a small quiet town in eastern Kazakhstan,...

Tajikistan and Russia in Pamir military drills first

Tajikistan and Russia are holding military drills in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast,...

Tajikistan: Prosecutors warn media not to discuss journalist's jailing

Stung by the outpouring of criticism over the sentencing of a journalist...

Uzbekistan, Russia agree on nuclear power station

Uzbekistan has said it has reached an agreement with Russia to jointly...

Tajikistan sentences journalist to 12 years in jail

A court in northern Tajikistan has sentenced a local journalist and comedian...

Kazakhstan: Fanfare as Astana opens financial hub

With a showman’s flourish, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev on July 5 opened...

Russia extends blockade on Ukraine goods headed to Central Asia

Russia has extended an embargo on the transit of a range of Ukrainian...

Kazakhstan is throttling the internet when the president’s rival is online

Every evening for the past four months, social media websites have become...

With new railway, Turkey seeks to isolate Armenia and integrate Azerbaijan

Kars, in far eastern Turkey, has a long history as a frontier,...

Report highlights plight of Kyrgyz forced laborers in Kazakhstan

A detailed report by an international human rights organization has documented how...

Perspectives | Making dynastic rule fashionable again: The case of Turkmenistan

Dynastic rule is coming back into fashion in Central Asia. And the...

With draft convention, resolution of Caspian Sea status appears closer than ever

A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea,...

In the shadow of war: Life in Armenia’s defensive corridor

On April 4, 2016, Gevorg Azoyan was in the mountains of Karabakh...

Kyrgyzstan’s ex-president paying the price for years of abrasive rule

Over the six years in which he ran Kyrgyzstan, former President Almazbek...

World Cup opens in Russia as Ramadan comes to a close

Tens of thousands of Muslims prayed in and around Moscow's main mosque...

Uzbekistan still mourns a soccer generation lost to air crash

As a female announcer on Soviet radio read out the day’s soccer...

Report: Russia chides Kazakhstan on US cooperation

Russia’s top diplomat has reportedly chided Kazakhstan over Astana’s decision to provide...

Kyrgyzstan: Jeenbekov goes to Beijing with China the talk of Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s state visit to China kicked off on June...

Kazakhstan’s returnees frustrated by cold shoulders

The joy that Tursynzhan Yesenalyuly felt in moving to his ethnic homeland...

Kazakhstan commemorates Stalin’s Terror

Svetlana Tynybekova was born in 1939, on the tail-end of a tidal...

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...