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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
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
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
UFC Khabib’s last outing too hot for Tajikistan?
The authorities are spooked by the idea that a crowd could form.
Oct 26, 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
Tajikistan: Secret Chinese base becomes slightly less secret
Chinese personnel, whose presence Dushanbe denies, forbid reporters from filming.
Sep 23, 2020
Tajikistan: President Rahmon confirms new run for office
This scotches speculation his son was poised to take over.
Aug 26, 2020
Abkhazia calls for volunteers to help with COVID outbreak
Many in the territory blame the rising numbers of coronavirus cases on the authorities’ decision to open up to Russian tourists.
Aug 19, 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
Tajikistan brings presidential election forward, to Oct. 11
Votes are usually held in November.
Aug 6, 2020
China business briefing: Unclear borders, uneasy neighbors
Our monthly briefing on China in Central Asia.
Aug 3, 2020