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Uzbekistan & Tajikistan: Catalysts for a Regional Water Solution?

The continuing rapprochement between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan could provide a boost to...

Academic Freedom in Tajikistan Endangered: What is to be Done?

Academic freedom is imperiled in Tajikistan, and determined action by the international...

Uzbekistan Opens Islamic Studies Academy

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

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

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

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan Reach Visa Deal, Settle Border Dispute

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have reached a deal to scrap visa requirements for...

Tajikistan: Brain Drain Rush Causes Annual Riot

Such was the crowd of people in Tajikistan’s capital that turned up...

The Rail Deal for Central Asia

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

Tajikistan: President’s Son Intervenes to Save Messaging Apps

Users of messaging apps in Tajikistan have had a rollercoaster start to...

Uzbekistan: President Announces Fence-Mending Visit to Tajikistan

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

Report: China Building Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

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

Tajikistan Limits Access on Popular Messaging App

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

Tajikistan: Prosecutors Investigate Legality of Telecoms Restrictions

Prosecutors in Tajikistan are investigating the circumstances around the recent ban on...

Tajikistan: International Callers Hit by Move to Throttle Hi-Tech

Ilhom Nodirov, 25, has been working in Berlin for the past three...

Tajikistan: Searching for Food Security

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

Tajikistan: Major Debtors to Collapsed Bank Detained

The state anticorruption agency in Tajikistan has detained three major debtors to...

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

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

The Paradise Papers Shine Light on Kleptocracy

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

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...

Tajikistan: Popular Comic Jailed in Corruption Case

A well-known comic and journalist in Tajikistan has been arrested, weeks after...

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...

Uzbekistan: Gay Couple Arrested for Engaging in Illegal Relations

Two gay men have been arrested in Uzbekistan and face charges of...

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

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

Tajikistan: Failing Bank Embarks on Fire Sale

One of Tajikistan’s near-insolvent banks has embarked on a desperate fire sale...

Tajikistan: God’s Chosen President Gets Play Treatment

A playwright in Tajikistan has written a semi-mystical and highly complimentary play...

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...

Tajikistan: President Seizes on Audiobook Fad

The president of Tajikistan appears to be seizing on the audiobook fad...

Tajikistan: Marriage Folds Northern Elite Into Presidential Family

Given the highly regionalized nature of power dynamics in Tajikistan, this weekend’s...

Tajikistan Partially Bans Combat Sports

Authorities in Tajikistan have imposed a de facto ban on multiple types...

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...

Tajikistan: Opposition Figure Attacked by Mob

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

Uzbekistan Plans Its Own Hydropower Plant

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

Iranian FM Goes to Tajikistan on Mission to Patch Up Relations

Iran’s foreign minister has embarked on a curious mission to Tajikistan, possibly...

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

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

Tajikistan Set to Renew Imports of Uzbek Gas

A source at a state-run natural gas company in Tajikistan has told...

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

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

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...

Tajikistan: Student Medic Pays $16,000 Admission Bribe

The size of the alleged bribe needed to get an aspiring medical...

Trade Possibilities Spurring Rapprochement Between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

As visitors arrived at the UzExpoCenter exhibition hall in Tashkent last week,...

Tajikistan: Business Rival of President’s Son-in-Law Neutralized

The owner of a leading chain of gas filling stations in Tajikistan...

Tajikistan: Power Rationing May Be Scrapped, But at What Cost?

Tajikistan’s president has hinted that the system of electricity rationing imposed annually...

Tajikistan: LGBT Registry Sparks Outrage

Authorities in Tajikistan have reportedly compiled a registry of hundreds of people...

Tajikistan: Small-Time Debtors Detained, Larger Delinquents Get Away

Police in Tajikistan announced in early October, via a run-of-the-mill press release,...

On Language: The Many Flavors of Persian in Eurasia

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

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

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

Tajikistan: President’s Brother Dies, 67

Authorities in Tajikistan have announced that the elder brother of the president...

Uzbekistan Eases Visa Rules for Visiting Tajiks

Uzbekistan has lifted visa requirements for Tajik citizens visiting the country for...

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...

Tajikistan: Anti-Graft Officials Snared in Elite Rumble are Sentenced

Tajikistan’s highest court has over the past few weeks been convicting former...

Tajikistan: Saudis Brag About Pushing Out Iran

Middle Eastern rivalries are playing out in Tajikistan....

Tajikistan: Airport Director Killed By President’s Helicopter

The director of an airport in Tajikistan’s Pamir Mountains was killed on...

Tajikistan: Authorities Skip Warsaw Meeting, Tighten Screws on Opposition Activists

The mood was subdued during a panel devoted to Tajikistan at this...

Tajikistan: Government a No-Show at OSCE Conference

Tajikistan has declined to despatch an official delegation to attend this year’s...

Tajikistan: President Returns From China Trip With $310M

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

Tajikistan: Counting the Cost of a Banking Meltdown

Before hanging himself at the beginning of August, 50-year-old Dushanbe resident Hairiddin...

Kyrgyzstan: Revamped Transnational Gas Pipeline Unveiled

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

Coca-Cola’s Secret Ingredient in Tajikistan: Sycophancy

Coca-Cola’s representative office in Tajikistan has, as a marketing gimmick, begun to...

Tajikistan: What Festivities Can You Celebrate in Style?

The upper house of parliament in Tajikistan this week adopted legislation intensifying...

Uzbekistan Jails Woman for Spying for Tajikistan

The thaw between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan has not spelled an end to...

Georgia: Statistical Hiccup Prompts World Bank Downgrade

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

Tajikistan Accuses Iran of Assassination Campaign in Foreign Policy Gambit

Despite the close cultural connection that Tajikistan has with Iran, Dushanbe seems...

Tajikistan’s Government Lays Down Rules on What Not to Wear

On the afternoon of August 3, police officers and other officials descended...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Economic Model Comes Under Attack

Criticizing the policies of the late president of Uzbekistan is very much...

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...

Tajikistan: Court Dates for Jailed Anti-Corruption Officials Looming

Reports are now slowly filtering out in Tajikistan about the imminent trial...

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

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

Kyrgyzstan, Czech Company Sign Deal to Kick-Start Stalled Hydropower Project

Kyrgyzstan has signed a deal with a Czech company specializing in renewable...

Uzbekistan Breaks Silence on Tajik Giant Dam Project

Uzbekistan has after a long pause broken its silence on Tajikistan’s plan...

Tajikistan: Stepping Away From Iran, To Saudi Arabia

Last week, an Iranian trade and culture center in Tajikistan’s northern Sughd...

Tajikistan: Opposition Beds Down and Plots in Polish Exile

The smell of plov and freshly prepared kulcha bread wafts improbably throughout...

Tajikistan: Relatives of Islamic State Commander Killed in Clash

Four close relatives of the riot police commander that left Tajikistan to...

Tajikistan: Border Incidents Highlight Drug Trafficking Threat

Border guards in Tajikistan have said two drug traffickers were killed in...

Tajikistan: Rapid Reaction to Bazaar Fire Enhances Mayor’s Rep

A raging fire consumed the largest market in Tajikistan’s capital this week,...

Uzbekistan and Russia to Restart Joint Military Exercises

This October, Uzbekistan and Russia will hold their first joint military exercises...

Tajikistan’s Unity After War: Expectation and Reality

Tajikistan opted for Vahdat, or “unity” in Tajik, as the venue in...

Atambayev Offers Russia to Build Training Base in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is against the expansion of the existing Russian airbase in the...

Tajikistan Dreams of Regional Electricity Grid Rebirth

Brutal winter weather in the late 2000s delivered a knockout blow to...

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Under Right Conditions, Open to Deployment to Syria

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have denied that they are in talks to send...

Russia In Talks With Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Over Military Deployment to Syria

Russia is in talks with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan about sending troops to...

Kyrgyzstan: Kneeling Incident Poses Challenge for Higher Education Initiative

An initiative to expand higher education opportunities in Central Asia is experiencing...

Expert Opinions, Episode 2: What’s the Matter with Chechnya?

A podcast from the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, hosted by Masha...

Tajikistan: Rise and Fall of a Telecoms Wunderkind

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

Uzbekistan Starts Shopping For Kazakh Weaponry

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have steadily begun to build military ties, suggesting that...

Tajikistan: Communications Service Monopolizing Mail?

Tajikistan’s all-powerful communications regulator, which is run by a relative of the...

Tajikistan: Taking State Snooping to the Next Level

For the past few weeks in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, teams of officials...

Putin Pop: A Guide to Russia’s Most Patriotic Music Genre

A music critic once argued that Vladimir Putin-inspired songs are the worst...

India, Pakistan Extend Reach of SCO to Half the World

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

Tajikistan Wages War on Dual-Citizenship Holders

Tajikistan’s National Bank has fired 30 employees for possessing dual citizenship....

Tajikistan: How One Airline Makes a Killing During Ramadan

For Muslims across the world the holy month of Ramadan is a...

Uzbekistan: Change of Tune Coming on Roghun Dam?

A top lawmaker in Uzbekistan has made public statements that may signal...

Russia Holds Military Exercises in Tajikistan -- But Why Not With CSTO?

Russia and several of its allies, including Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, are...

Tajikistan: Authorities File Charges Against Jailed Lawyer's Relatives

Authorities in Tajikistan have piled the pressure on jailed lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov...

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

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

Tajikistan: Airlines Running Into Fuel Troubles

A lack of fuel supplies to Tajikistan’s airlines is reportedly forcing the...

Tajikistan’s Anti-Corruption Drive Sign of Internal Feud?

Even after weeks of a seemingly monumental wave of corruption-related arrests in...