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Looking Ahead to January 10: Elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
December 22, 2020

Looking Ahead to January 10: Elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

By Colleen Wood
Why bother analyzing elections in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan if we think we know the results?

There Won’t be Political Reform in Uzbekistan. Here’s Why
December 22, 2020

There Won’t be Political Reform in Uzbekistan. Here’s Why

By Dilmira Matyakubowa
Genuine reform takes place not through quashing free thinkers and critics but in encouraging and even embracing them.?
Uzbekistan Hedging Vaccine Bets with Russian Purchase
December 21, 2020

Uzbekistan Hedging Vaccine Bets with Russian Purchase

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan launches trials of a Chinese vaccine, but purchases Russian vaccine.

India-Iran-Uzbekistan Pursue Central Asian Connectivity
December 18, 2020

India-Iran-Uzbekistan Pursue Central Asian Connectivity

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The Iranian port of Chabahar has the potential to shift some of the regional dynamics in India’s favor.?

Can Uzbekistan Stay on Track in Improving its Human Rights Record?
December 17, 2020

Can Uzbekistan Stay on Track in Improving its Human Rights Record?

By Nodirjon Kirgizbaev
Uzbekistan undoubtedly needs to continue implementing recent initiated reforms, but its progress is promising.

Does It Matter That the New OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Is From Kazakhstan?
December 16, 2020

Does It Matter That the New OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Is From Kazakhstan?

By Ana-Maria Anghelescu
In early December a Kazakh diplomat secured a top position in the OSCE -- but does it matter?

Eliminating Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector – A Work Still in Progress
December 15, 2020

Eliminating Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector – A Work Still in Progress

By Umida Niyazova
Uzbekistan has made enormous progress in eliminating forced labor, but has yet to fully eradicate it.
Election Campaign Kicks Off Slow in Kazakhstan
December 15, 2020

Election Campaign Kicks Off Slow in Kazakhstan

By Paolo Sorbello
After some initial commotion in the political environment, the parliamentary race folded back into a roll-call of loyalists.?

Uzbekistan Joins Online Eurasian Economic Union Meeting as an Observer
December 14, 2020

Uzbekistan Joins Online Eurasian Economic Union Meeting as an Observer

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent's observer status does not earn it any of the benefits President Shavkat Mirziyoyev heralded in his remarks, but full membership appears to be the goal.

Third Central Asian Leaders’ Meeting Postponed to 2021: Why It Matters
December 14, 2020

Third Central Asian Leaders’ Meeting Postponed to 2021: Why It Matters

By Akram Umarov
Postponing what was supposed to become a regular forum for the leaders of Central Asia to gather together is not a good idea.

Petition Filed With UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on Behalf of Kadyr Yusupov
December 11, 2020

Petition Filed With UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on Behalf of Kadyr Yusupov

By Catherine Putz
Yusupov, a former Uzbek diplomat, was convicted of treason in a closed trial after making a confession under pressure following a suicide attempt.
In the Face of Violence, Kyrgyz Woman Continue to Struggle for Justice
December 10, 2020

In the Face of Violence, Kyrgyz Woman Continue to Struggle for Justice

By Catherine Putz
Women in Kyrgyzstan continue to face significant hurdles in accessing justice when it comes to gender-based violence.

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