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2020: Eurasianet’s year in review
To each their own annus horribilis.
Dec 28, 2020
Kazakhstan sleepwalks toward choice-free parliamentary election
But there is no papering over the festering disillusionment.
Dec 2, 2020
Tajikistan: Emomali’s Russia visit signals his emerging role
Any breakthrough in improving the lot of labor migrants will be touted as sign of his political heft.
Nov 26, 2020
Turkmenistan: The dammed united
Travel bans, dams and Russian fans. This and more in our weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
Akhal-Teke: A Turkmenistan Bulletin
Nov 24, 2020
Coronavirus adds to reasons to escape Tajikistan
The terminal state of the economy remains paramount in the minds of those wishing to leave.
Nov 13, 2020
Election clashes, COVID deepen crisis in Georgia
Rights activists blasted the authorities' use of force.
Nov 9, 2020
Kyrgyzstan: Protests flourish as crises mount on all sides
Acting President Japarov came to power on the crest of rallies, but will he know how to deal with them as leader?
Nov 2, 2020
Perspectives | How U.S. hawks’ fixation on Iran endangers Middle East Christians
A facile and naïve plan being discussed in Washington risks backfiring on Iran’s minority Christians.
Oct 31, 2020
Uzbekistan: The mixed legacy of Bukhara’s 1920 uprising
One hundred years after the Red Army established the Bukharan People's Soviet Republic, residents are ambivalent about its meaning.
Oct 29, 2020
Perspectives | Why Kazakhstan’s leaders fear regional unrest
Rigged elections have created political crises in two other post-Soviet countries this year, leaving Nur-Sultan edgy ahead of a parliamentary vote.
Oct 27, 2020
Kazakhstan: Parliamentary elections scheduled for January 10
The president says the vote will marking a turning point. Skeptics yawn.
Oct 21, 2020
War in the Caucasus hits close to home for Turkey’s Armenians
Some are speaking out against the conflict despite fears the government’s strong support for Azerbaijan could fuel nationalist reprisals.
Ayla Jean Yackley
Oct 21, 2020
Kyrgyzstan: In an uprising low on heroes, defense volunteers shine
The appearance of the self-defense units is the second time this year that civil society has been forced to hold the line. Where the state repeatedly fails to live up to its obligations, volunteers step in.
Oct 14, 2020
Kyrgyzstan: Japarov's nomination as PM pauses crisis
Severe economic and epidemiological challenges now lie ahead.
Oct 14, 2020
Kyrgyzstan: Economy and healthcare shattering under weight of crisis
Any political turmoil was bound to worsen Kyrgyzstan's eviscerated economy, but what has happened over the past week has been especially destructive.
Oct 8, 2020