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Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

The first specialized academy of higher learning in Uzbekistan devoted exclusively to...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Vows New Breakthrough in US Ties

The visit of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Washington has generated a...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

It is an exciting time to be a railway enthusiast in Central...

Uzbekistan: Business Empire of Karimov’s Other Daughter Under Attack

In a speech full of surprises over the weekend, the president of...

Taking the Temperature of Turkmenistan’s Economic Meltdown

In his year-end address to the nation, Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, brimmed...

Report: China Building Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

China is building a military base for the Afghan armed forces in...

The Belt and Road through Eurasia: Who Wins and How?

China’s Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative will have its winners and...

US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia

The new National Security Strategy of the United States portrays the Caucasus...

Uzbek Leader Dreams of Border-Free Region as Kyrgyzstan’s President Visits

It was all smiles and laughter during this week’s visit to Uzbekistan...

Uzbekistan Restoring Closer Military Ties with Russia

Uzbekistan has agreed to buy Russian attack helicopters, the latest sign that...

Tajikistan: How a Broke Government Keeps its Books Balanced

In its annual budget, Tajikistan is relying on unusual accounting maneuvers to ensure...

Kazakhstan Looks to Azerbaijan for Gas Transit

Kazakhstan is exploring options with Azerbaijan on finding new export outlets for...

What does Kazakhstan’s new military doctrine reveal about its relations with Russia?

Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing...

Tajikistan: Aluminum Giant Suffers Output Slump

Tajik Aluminum Company, by far Tajikistan’s largest industrial concern, has said it...

Georgia: New Europe-Asia Rail Route Slow to Produce Economic Benefits – Locals

On the outskirts of the sleepy Georgian town of Akhalkalki, set against...

Compromise Agreement Resolves Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Gridlock

The gridlock on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan’s border has reportedly been loosened following...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Leaders Meet, Raising Hopes of Rapprochement

The leaders of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan met during a regional security summit...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

China is expected to be a major presence at the 28th meeting...

Kyrgyzstan: Notorious High-Ranking Customs Official Fired

A notorious high-ranking customs official in Kyrgyzstan has been fired in a...

Uzbekistan Strikes Multibillion Dollar Deals in Korea, Seeks Mining Help

In his latest foray in the mission to reopen his nation to...

Kazakhstan: Financial Illiteracy Hampering Economic Recovery

Kazakhstan’s National Bank will embark on research next year to find out...

Eurasian Union Insists Customs Code At No Threat of Delay

The permanent body that runs the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union trade bloc...

Uzbekistan Plans Its Own Hydropower Plant

After years of opposing hydropower projects in neighboring countries, Uzbekistan has sprung...

Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and...

Kazakhstan Summons Landmark Central Asian Leaders Summit

Kazakhstan is seeking to reprise its role as a locomotive for regional...

What if the Soviet Union had not Collapsed?

As states go, the Soviet Union died young. It also never made...

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Bicker Over Contraband

When Sarsenbay Koishybayev, a retiree in Almaty, Kazakhstan, went to his local...

Full Steam Ahead: Long-Awaited Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Opens

The launch of a new railway in the South Caucasus has the...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Impasse Remains Despite Talks

Kazakhstan has signaled its determination to stick to its guns in its...

Erik Prince Weighing Senate Bid While Tackling Xinjiang Security Challenge

Erik Prince, the former chief of the controversial private security firm Blackwater,...

On Language: The Many Flavors of Persian in Eurasia

Is Tajik a dialect of Persian? Or a language in its own...

South Korea Looking for Ways to Boost Central Asian Trade

South Korean officials have established an agency to deepen the country’s trade...

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Ink Era-Defining Partnership Deal

The diplomatic love-in breaking out across Central Asia has forged ahead unabated...

Tajikistan: Saudis Give Loans to Build Schools, But Why?

Saudi Arabia has pledged to fund to build 66 schools in Tajikistan...

The Kremlin’s Internet Master Bears Down

A previously obscure Russian oversight body has been turned into the government’s...

Abkhazia: Is Chinese Investment a Panacea or a Pipe Dream?

Spend enough time at Brehalovka, an iconic coffee house and hotbed of...

Kyrgyzstan: Where Hydropower Dreams and Penny Stocks Meet

It is back to square one for Kyrgyzstan, as the Central Asian...

Putin’s Surprise Myanmar Challenge from Chechnya

Ramzan Kadyrov has called himself a foot soldier in Putin’s army, but...

China Eyes Iran as Important Belt and Road Hub

China’s strategic interest in Iran is intensifying. Chinese manufacturers are looking to...

Ukraine and Chinese Investment: Caution Amid Potential?

As Ukraine’s recent economic difficulties persist—the country registered a modest growth rate...

Tajikistan: President Returns From China Trip With $310M

Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon has returned from a trip to China with...

Russia & Turkey: The Arms Deal that Signals the Age of Pragmatism

If any single arms deal can capture the shifting nature of Russian...

Armenia: New Embassy Is Sign of Strengthening Chinese-Armenian Ties

China is building a new embassy in Yerevan that, once completed, will...

Has Turkmenistan Learned to Love Dogs? (Hint: No)

Turkmenistan loves sports, so this unusually despotic nation’s attempt to garner some...

Turkmenistan: Indoor Games Playing Tricks on Population

It was almost seven years ago that Turkmenistan announced it would host...

Uzbekistan: King Cotton Confronts Caper Uprising

At the turn of the first millennium, Bukhara-born philosopher Avicenna recommended using...

Central Asia’s Catechism of Cliché: From the Great Game to Silk Road

When people ponder the history of Central Asia, they tend to have...

Tajikistan: Authorities Go After Relatives of Opposition

A crackdown in Tajikistan that began in 2015 has forced large swaths...

Turkey: We're Buying Both Russian and European Air Defense

Turkey has reached agreements with both a Russian company and a European...

Armenia: Can the Government Reverse Demographic Decline?

Armenia’s government is pursuing an ambitious goal of increasing the country’s population...

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

By M. Ashraf Haidari, the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the...

Turkmenistan Abolishes Oil and Gas Construction Company to Save Cash

Turkmenistan has in an attempt to slash its expenditures scrapped the state...

Mongolia Gets On Board with China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road is putting pressure on Mongolia to resolve a...

Crimea: Circumventing Trade Sanctions via Novorossiysk

Despite trade sanctions, Crimea is maintaining connections to international markets. Crimean traders...

Kyrgyzstan: Alleged Chinese Embassy Attackers Jailed, Questions Linger

A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced three people to lengthy jail terms...

Kazakhstan’s Expo: Vanity Fair or Imprint of the Future?

Recycling trashcans are everywhere you look at the Future Energy EXPO in...

Kazakhstan: Jailed Land Activist Goes on Hunger Strike

A civic activist in Kazakhstan jailed for his involvement in land protests...

Russia and Nuclear Power

In an age where sources of renewable energy are becoming an increasingly...

Tajikistan: Rise and Fall of a Telecoms Wunderkind

A young and former high-ranking state official in Tajikistan’s communications sector has...

Kazakhstan Hopes to Ride High on Hemp Exports

Kazakhstan has decided to profit from its natural cannabis riches and intends...

Time to Reset US Policy in the South Caucasus

Geopolitical conditions in the South Caucasus have experienced a substantial shift in...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

Established in 1997, GUAM—a platform named after its members Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,...

India, Pakistan Extend Reach of SCO to Half the World

After years of speculation about their accession, India and Pakistan have finally...

Kazakhstan: A Tale of Famine and Flight

When Nurziya Kazhibayeva was six years old, a famine swept across Kazakhstan....

Uzbekistan: Mr. Mirziyoyev Going to Washington

The leader of Uzbekistan’s next major official foreign visit will reportedly be...

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Washington in early May and...

Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society

Only two years ago, civic rights activist Olesya Khalabuzar was proclaiming ambitiously...

Backlash Grows Against Ukraine’s Attempts to Block Russian Social Media

The Ukrainian government has descended to the Kremlin’s level with its decision...

Turkmenistan: Is Corruption Probe Sign of Government Panic?

A very public campaign against corruption in Turkmenistan is picking up steam...

Uzbekistan: President Cannot Get Enough of Turkmenistan

When Uzbekistan’s president likes a place, he likes it to pay it...

Uzbekistan: President's China Trip Yields Giant Rewards

Uzbekistan’s president went to China last week with great hope of landing...

New Bank Serves as Financial Catalyst for Central Asia’s “Belt and Road” Development

A two-day summit to unveil what China is portraying as the infrastructure...

China: One Belt, One Road, Lots of Obligations

It’s not often that the leaders of democracies like Switzerland and Spain...

Made in Uzbekistan Brand Wows Tajikistan

When a delegation of traders from Uzbekistan recently came to show off...

Uzbekistan: President in Pursuit of Big Deals in China During 5-Day Visit

The president of Uzbekistan’s travel itinerary has served as a useful shortcut...

Central Asia: Challenges Ahead for China’s Belt and Road Project

China’s bid to expand its economic presence in Eurasia – embodied in...

China Mimics Central Asian States, Bans Long Beards in Restive Region

Chinese President Xi Jinping called recently for the creation of a “great...

Uzbekistan: BBC Set to Make a Return?

Uzbekistan has said that it is considering restoring journalistic accreditation for the...

Gazprom Pays Peanuts for Uzbekistan's Gas But Investments Continue

Russia’s energy behemoth Gazprom has revealed the amount it is paying in...

Azerbaijan: State and Dissidents Acquire New Weapons for Cyber War

The Azerbaijani government appears to have taken yet another step to quash...

China’s Strategy in the Caucasus

When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled...

Xinjiang: China Wary of Possible Islamic State Terror Attack

Chinese authorities are on high alert in western Xinjiang province after the...

Central Asia: Chinese Authorities on High Alert in Xinjiang Over IS Threat

Chinese authorities are on high alert in western Xinjiang Province after the...

Turkmenistan: Salesman President Pleads for Help from Qatar

The president of Turkmenistan embarked on a two-day trip to Qatar this...

Uzbekistan: Leader Pays Bridge-Building Visit to Turkmenistan

The president of Uzbekistan’s maiden foreign trip, to Turkmenistan, may prove a...

Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline Expansion Delayed Again

The ill-fated fourth strand of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline has again...

Kyrgyzstan: Jailed Opposition Leader Sees Crash Link to Arrest

The jailed leader of Kyrgyzstan’s opposition Ata-Meken party fired back at the...

Kazakhstan: Memories of the Chechen Exodus Don’t Fade

Polina Ibrayeva is now a frail old lady with sparkling brown eyes....

After Abandoning Chinese Missiles, Turkey Says It's Ready to Buy Russian

Senior Turkish officials say that Russia is now the leading contender in...

Drowning in Data – EITI in Kazakhstan Must Mean More

Kazakhstan is an implementing country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and...

Report: Turkmenistan is Turkey's Biggest Weapons Buyer

Turkmenistan was Turkey's single largest weapons buyer over the past five years,...

Kyrgyzstan: Investigation Reveals Funny Business at Customs Service

An in-depth investigative report by RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz service into the suspicious wealth of a...

Turkmenistan: President Bags Huge But Implausible Election Win

As had been widely anticipated, Turkmenistan’s president has not only won the...

Kyrgyzstan: Former PM to Run for President

A former prime minister in Kyrgyzstan has declared he plans to run...

Brexit & Trump Equals Bad News for Balkans

Donald Trump’s rise to power, combined with the UK’s decision to leave...

Turkmenistan: Head of State Gas Company Fired

The head of Turkmenistan’s state gas company Turkmengaz has been fired as...

Kyrgyzstan: Cargo Plane Crashes on Homes Killing Dozens

A Turkish cargo plane crashed outside the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, early...