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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
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
Kazakhstan to borrow $1.8Bln for COVID fight
The government is eager to stress that the loan is all but interest free.
Nov 24, 2020
Kazakhstan’s independent media losing advertising battle with bloggers, influencers
The government will help outlets that publish its propaganda.
Nov 20, 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
Kazakhstan: Former health minister arrested
The healthcare sector has been embroiled in corruption scandals for years.
Nov 3, 2020
Ukraine: Zaporizhia bridge emerges as measure of Zelensky’s progress
The president bets on a big infrastructure program to reinvigorate his political fortunes.
Oct 27, 2020
Kazakhstan: Avian flu kills nearly 1 million poultry
The die-off has caused a shortage of meat and eggs in markets.
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
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
Kazakhstan: Ever more borrowers unable to repay loans
Overdue loans have increased by 10 percent since January.
Sep 25, 2020
Tajikistan: Secret Chinese base becomes slightly less secret
Chinese personnel, whose presence Dushanbe denies, forbid reporters from filming.
Sep 23, 2020