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In time of hunger, Tajik president pictured with plenty
Let them eat cake.
Dec 18, 2020
Tajikistan: Even Russia feels pain as pandemic wreaks havoc on migration lifeline
Food prices have jumped this year and there are few jobs, but out-of-work migrants can’t get to where they are desperately needed.
Dec 17, 2020
Kyrgyzstan pleads for more Chinese help in building key infrastructure
Bishkek is also angling for yet more room to ease its debt burden.
Dec 9, 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
Kyrgyzstan's China debt: Between crowdfunding and austerity
Beijing does not appear disposed to give too much leeway.
Nov 17, 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
Uzbekistan to begin Chinese vaccine trial
5,000 volunteers have been mobilized for the phase-three trial.
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
Kyrgyzstan: Living in the shadow of a sleeping Chinese oil refinery
The country's largest oil refinery is no stranger to scandals.
Oct 22, 2020
Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict poses threat to regional energy corridor
While it would be wrong to start pointing fingers and formulating conspiracy theories, clearly the risks are many and real.
Oct 9, 2020
China business briefing: Mooove over, Australia
Kazakhstan’s food producers look primed to benefit from China’s increasingly tense relationship with traditional trading partners. This and more in our monthly Chinese business briefing.
Oct 7, 2020
COVID and the new debt dynamics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Before the pandemic, Central Asia’s poorest countries had been managing their Chinese debts quite well. Now they are asking for help.
Dirk van der Kley
Oct 2, 2020
Chinese hydroelectric investments in Central Asia: A snapshot
The first in a series of briefings on Beijing's investments in Central Asian renewables.
Aug 31, 2020
Russian tourists flood into newly reopened Abkhazia
The territory's public health officials have warned against opening up to tourism, and the arrival of tourists has coincided with a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Aug 11, 2020
Kazakhstan squeezes China critics as Xinjiang anxieties spread
Kazakh activists are outraged at how their government kowtows to Beijing.
Aug 10, 2020