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2021: Eurasianet’s year in review
Catch up on the biggest events we covered this year.
Dec 29, 2021
Kazakhstan ratifies updated military coop agreement with Russia
Moscow is working to stop the West engaging in security dialogue with Central Asian states.
Dec 22, 2021
Taliban accidentally wires money to Tajikistan-based opposition
The embassy says it refuses to give back the cash.
Dec 20, 2021
Kyrgyzstan, where partying is tough and playing is rough
The end of the harvest is a time for ritual partying in southern Kyrgyzstan. The festivities can last for days.
Dec 17, 2021
Uzbekistan’s traditional wordsmiths seek legacy in a changing world
Changing tastes threaten askiya, a centuries-old Uzbek tradition that prizes wit, improvisation, and mastery of language.
Dec 16, 2021
Tajikistan: Little person’s bigtime courts controversy
A charismatic, handicapped singer has gone viral, triggering appearances with Russian superstars and a member of the ruling family.
Dec 13, 2021
Tajikistan: Authorities go back on their word in deal with GBAO residents
State TV has smeared the victim of a police shooting as a hotheaded vigilante.
Dec 10, 2021
Kyrgyzstan: A stranded village on Tajik border struggles for survival
Efforts to stop border trade are causing ethnic Kyrgyz to abandon a remote southern region.
Dec 9, 2021
Perspectives | Islamic State continues anti-Taliban PR push, with Tashkent in crosshairs
The Islamic State in Afghanistan is using the Taliban’s cozy relations with Uzbekistan as propaganda fodder.
Dec 9, 2021
Uzbekistan pulls the plug on ‘negative influence’ TikTok festival
Tashkent is regretting its early embrace of the Chinese app.
Dec 8, 2021
Kazakh TikTokers conquer the world, incite suspicion at home
The world’s most popular TikTok house is in Almaty. Not all locals are happy about it.
Dec 7, 2021
Tajikistan press-gangs an army to defend long Afghan border
The conscripts, generally Tajikistan’s poorest young men, are brutalized into service. And they are the country’s first line of defense.
Dec 2, 2021
Standoff in eastern Tajikistan ends peacefully
Both sides have agreed to initiate a joint investigation into a recent police shooting.
Nov 29, 2021
Tajikistan: Testy demonstrations in the Pamirs drag into third day
At least three people have reportedly been killed by government forces to date.
Nov 27, 2021
Leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan meet, agree to work bilaterally
There was much to discuss just over a year after the end of the war, including ongoing border tensions, plans to reopen borders and transportation, and the fate of Armenian prisoners.
Nov 26, 2021