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Kazakhstan: Businessman a Hostage in Astana-Ablyazov Feud?

Without warning one evening in November, agents from Kazakhstan’s security services mobbed...

Kyrgyzstan: Crime Boss Leaves Prison After Serving Just One Year

A court in Kyrgyzstan has ordered the early release of a notorious...

Kyrgyzstan: Showcase Highway Project Stuck in Funding Jam

The Issyk-Kul highway was supposed to demonstrate that Kyrgyzstan was capable of...

Kyrgyzstan: After Defamation Cases, MPs Target Social Media

As Kyrgyzstan’s presidents past and present prepare to collect giant libel suit...

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

The United States planned a large increase in special forces training programs...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

Uzbekistan: President Announces Fence-Mending Visit to Tajikistan

The president of Uzbekistan announced over the weekend that he is preparing...

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Politician's Top Ally Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence

A court in Kyrgyzstan has sentenced a member of parliament and a...

Tajikistan Limits Access on Popular Messaging App

Users in Tajikistan of the popular messaging app Viber have reported they...

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

Uzbekistan’s recent efforts to reform its cotton-production system have caught the attention of...

Kyrgyzstan: Top Official Quits Over Bomb Scare

A high-ranking official in Kyrgyzstan announced his resignation on December 21 after...

Kyrgyzstan Takes Authoritarian Turn With Renewed Assault on Media

Officers with Kyrgyzstan’s anticorruption agency moved to shut down an opposition-owned television...

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

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

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...

Kyrgyzstan: The Quiet Success of an Islamic Woman’s Group

Every week, hundreds of women trickle in and out of Dilyarom Hamrakulova’s...

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Near Reservoir Agreement

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are nearing definitive agreement over how to share a...

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

The Paradise Papers comprise millions of leaked documents relating to offshore activities of...

Kyrgyzstan Orders Deportation of AFP Central Asia Correspondent

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have ordered the deportation of the Central Asia correspondent...

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...

Eurasian Economic Union:  Many Problems, Few Solutions

The squabble between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan was relatively petty, but the cracks...

Compromise Agreement Resolves Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Gridlock

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

Kyrgyzstan: Children’s Literature Taking Fresh Look at Old Fables

Esal, a seven-year-old girl, was born in a country where everything is...

CSTO Ready, But Not Yet Willing, To Send Troops to Syria

Leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led security bloc, have...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Leaders Meet, Raising Hopes of Rapprochement

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

Kazakhstan: State TV Doc on Kyrgyzstan’s 2010 Revolt Ruffles More Feathers

A state broadcaster in Kazakhstan has tweaked Kyrgyzstan with a documentary depicting...

Kyrgyzstan: Ex-Mufti’s Second Wife Sparks Polygamy Debate

A prominent religious authority in Kyrgyzstan has admitted to taking a second...

Uzbekistan: Starting to Grapple with Labor Migration Issue

The recent murder of an Uzbek migrant in the Moscow region was stunning for its...

Kyrgyzstan: Mr. Jeenbekov Goes to Moscow

Right out of the gate, Kyrgyzstan’s new president is seeking to prove...

China Striving to Boost Energy Imports from Turkmenistan

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

Kyrgyzstan: New President Takes Office in Historic Handover

Kyrgyzstan has a new president. And this time it is not because...

Kyrgyzstan: Notorious High-Ranking Customs Official Fired

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

Kyrgyzstan: A Lucky President Prepares to Leave Office

With only days remaining before his six-year tenure as chief executive ends,...

Kyrgyzstan: Outgoing President Pledges to Continue Playing Role in Politics

Kyrgyzstan’s president has in his final press conference before leaving office dangled...

Tajikistan: Russia Shows Off Jeweler-Like Accuracy of Iskander-M Missile

Ten-day military exercises in Tajikistan by a Moscow-led security alliance have seen...

Kyrgyzstan: Sheep Sacrificed to Stem Car Crash Scourge

Local officials and religious leaders in southern Kyrgyzstan ritually sacrificed a sheep...

Tajikistan: Opposition Figure Attacked by Mob

One of the few opposition figures still remaining in Tajikistan was assaulted...

Eurasian Union Insists Customs Code At No Threat of Delay

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

The Central Asianist Podcast with Nate Schenkkan: Order at the Bazaar

In this episode, Nate talks with Regine A....

Kyrgyzstan: Losing Presidential Candidate Ditches Party Leadership

The main losing candidate in the recent presidential election in Kyrgyzstan has...

Uzbekistan Plans Its Own Hydropower Plant

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

Kyrgyzstan: Activists Demand Halt to Glacier Mining

The government and the activist community in Kyrgyzstan are at loggerheads over...

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan Power Grids to Reunite in Boon for the Region

In the latest heartening indication of improving energy cooperation in Central Asia,...

Kyrgyzstan: Convicted Opposition Politician’s Brother Murdered

The younger brother of a recently convicted opposition figure in Kyrgyzstan has...

Kyrgyzstan: Criminal Case Opened Against Losing Presidential Candidate

Prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan have opened a criminal case against the runner-up in...

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Bicker Over Contraband

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

Islam, the State, and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia

It is a common assumption that the Bolsheviks, after consolidating their hold...

Kyrgyzstan: MPs Move to Legalize Glacier Mining

A parliamentary subcommittee in Kyrgyzstan has given backing to legislative changes that...

Kyrgyzstan: Government Plans Suit Over Election Investigation

A state agency in Kyrgyzstan says it plans to sue a news...

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Losers’ Grip on Parliamentary Power Base Falters

Now that Kyrgyzstan’s ruling party candidate Sooronbai Jeenbekov has his presidential election...

Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Look at the Balance Sheet at the Centennial

Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any...

Kyrgyzstan: Report Shows Presidential Candidate Gained Access to Private Data

An in-depth investigation by news website Kloop.kg has revealed evidence of collusion...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan Impasse Remains Despite Talks

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

Life in Limbo: Inside Bishkek's Illegal ‘New-Builds’

Hundreds of thousands fled their villages for novostroika slums on the edge...

Kyrgyzstan Rejecting Kazakhstan’s $100 Million Aid Package

In the latest fit of pique in a seemingly unending diplomatic row,...

Kyrgyzstan and the Mummy’s Curse

Cultural officials in Kyrgyzstan have caused a stink by allowing the mummified...

Kyrgyzstan Eats Some Crow, But Kazakhstan Still Annoyed

The outgoing president of Kyrgyzstan is sorry — but not sorry —...

Kyrgyzstan: Presidential Election Produces First-Round Winner

Kyrgyzstan has chosen a new president, but it remains to be seen...

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party's Presidential Candidate Bags Shock First-Round Victory

Vote officials in Kyrgyzstan have released preliminary results showing Sooronbai Jeenbekov as...

Kyrgyzstan: Nail-Biter Vote Generates Bitterness to the Very End

Rivals in Kyrgyzstan’s presidential election traded accusations of wrongdoing even as polling...

Kyrgyzstan: Dirty Election, Vibrant Electorate

While the sharp escalation of dirty tricks has soured the mood ahead...

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan War of Words Gets Serious

A battle of words between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is now seemingly taking...

As Russian Military Exercises in Armenia, Is Syria on its Mind?

The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Russia-led military bloc, is carrying out...

Kyrgyzstan: Days Before Election, Opposition Politician Convicted

A court in Kyrgyzstan has handed a prominent opposition figure a deferred...

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...

Uzbekistan: The Tashkent Spring Experiences a Frost

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in mid-September, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev...

Kyrgyzstan: Smears Soil Election Campaign

Kyrgyzstan’s competitive presidential election campaign is taking a dirty turn, as strategists...

Kyrgyzstan: MP Detained on Suspicion of Plotting Election-Related Unrest

With just two weeks left to go until Kyrgyzstan’s presidential elections, the...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Releases Writer Accused of Offending Muslims

A court in Kyrgyzstan has released a writer previously jailed on charges...

Kyrgyzstan: Competitive Presidential Election Heavy on ‘Kompromat’

For the first time in Central Asia’s post-Soviet history, one elected president...

Kyrgyzstan: Foreigners May Be Allowed to Buy Real Estate

Parliament in Kyrgyzstan this week began considering changes to the law that...

Kyrgyzstan: Surge of Piety Turning Town Into Alcohol-Free Zone

There was a time when Aravan, a bazaar town in a dusty...

Kyrgyzstan Accuses Kazakhstan of Political Meddling

Kyrgyzstan is brimming with indignation at what it perceives as the meddling...

Kyrgyzstan: Where Hydropower Dreams and Penny Stocks Meet

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

Kazakhstan: Latin Alphabet Is Not a New Phenomenon Among Turkic Nations

Kazakhstan’s planned transition to the Latin alphabet raises complex questions. While alphabets...

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Front Collapses In Sight of Election

At the start of August, the leaders of three political parties in...

Armenia Debates Leaving the Eurasian Union

A pro-Western group in Armenia's parliament has submitted a proposal for the...

Kyrgystan and Centerra Clinch Pre-Election Deal

Kyrgyzstan and its largest foreign commercial investor, Centerra Gold, claim to have...

Joy Greets Reopening of Key Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border Crossing

On  September 6, the Dostuk border crossing between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan fully...

Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Open New Chapter in Relations

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s early September visit to Kyrgyzstan exceeded expectations, as...

Kyrgyzstan: Revolution Bulldozer Silenced With YouTube

Security services in Kyrgyzstan have filed criminal charges against a veteran politician...

Tajikistan: President Returns From China Trip With $310M

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

Kyrgyzstan: Fear of Myanmar Fury Disrupts Football

Kyrgyzstan has cited the possibility of public unrest over unfolding developments in...

Starbucks Opening in Turkmenistan is Fake News

In a plush shopping center in Turkmenistan's capital, Ashgabat, a brand new...

Kyrgyzstan: Revamped Transnational Gas Pipeline Unveiled

In a ceremony in Bishkek, top government officials in Kyrgyzstan and the...

Diplomacy Flurry as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan's Leaders Meet

The coming weeks will see a flurry of regional diplomacy in Central...

Kyrgyzstan: New PM Seen as Powerbroker of the Future

The chief of staff in the administration of Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev...

Kyrgyzstan: Biometric IDs Fuel Debate About Ethnicity

Kyrgyzstan’s government is distributing biometric ID cards with embedded microchips to its...

Kyrgyzstan: Court Orders Closure of Opposition TV Channel

A court in Kyrgyzstan’s capital on August 22 ordered the closure of...

Georgia: Statistical Hiccup Prompts World Bank Downgrade

Georgia’s economy appeared to take a step backward earlier this summer when...

Kyrgyzstan's Odd Hydropower Deal Continues Making Waves in Czech Republic

The strange story of the mysterious Czech company that was awarded the...

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutions Thin Ranks of Presidential Contenders

Two major names in Kyrgyzstani politics have been sentenced to long terms...

Kyrgyzstan: As Hot Political Season Looms, Opposition Leader is Jailed for 8 Years

Only weeks before Kyrgyzstan is set to hold potentially decisive presidential elections,...

Uzbekistan PM Visits Kyrgyzstan on Ice-Breaking Mission

The prime minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulla Aripov, flew to neighboring Kyrgyzstan on...

Kazakhstan: Deadly Border Incident Pinned on Smugglers

A deadly shooting on the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan has provided...

Kyrgyzstan: Officials Shackle Journalists with Giant Libel Damages

In order to silence critics of Kyrgyzstan’s president, prosecutors earlier this year...

Kyrgyzstan: Two Opposition Trials Conclude With Lengthy Sentences

Courts in Kyrgyzstan wrapped up two separate politically charged trials on August...

St. Petersburg Blast Suspects Claim Torture in Russian Jail

Russia’s security services are running secret detention centers, in which they hold...

Kyrgyzstan: Reporter Canned After Asking President Tough Question

A journalist for an online news website in Kyrgyzstan says he was...