Archive of Asher Kohn

Asher is currently in law school at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is studying natural resource law in Central Asia and its intersection with different theories of jurisprudence. Besides Registan.net, Asher has written for The Los Angeles Times, Run of Play, İstanbul Altı, and Istanbul Eats. He has worked with the Natural Resource Law Center and the International Crisis Group, where he studied legal and political traction over a variety of issues.

Asher has written 33 articles at Registan.


The Pole is Raised. The Doors are Opened.

by Asher Kohn

The Guardian is reporting on the opening of the Khan Shatyr in Astana. For as much as we here tend to smirk at Nazarbayev’s grandiosity, I do have to say that the Khan Shatyr is a lot more successful of a building then anything else he’s built in Astana. In construction, it looked like part [...]

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Turkmenistan Poses for World Stage. Stumbles on Catwalk.

by Asher Kohn

Well, word has come to Berdimuhamedov and his inner circle that Turkmenistan needs multiple-party politics in order to be Taken Seriously by The West or something like that. Eternal Remont, among others, is not impressed with Berdimuhamedov’s decision. In a nut shell, it seems the two-party system will be the existing party, just in two [...]

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Better Late then Whenever

by Asher Kohn

This is a long time coming, but I got this tip from Jakob over at Rug Pundits way back in March and finally got around to commenting on it. After discussing how the US Military has been pretty haphazard and delinquent in setting up their language programs, a Dr. Jeff Watson has written a short [...]

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What’s Old is New Again

by Asher Kohn

I’ve been awfully quiet on this space these past couple of months for a variety of reasons, but this quote (that I stole from Steve LeVine and am citing as such) from Craig Newmark, of Craigslist renown, took me aback: By the end of this decade, power and influence will shift largely to those people [...]

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Antonio Maria Costa on “Sinister Affairs”

by Asher Kohn

Today I had the opportunity to hear Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) give a short talk on what he does and what he is trying to do. He had lots of interesting things to say (as someone who went to University of Turin, Moscow State, [...]

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Thinking Big, Thinking Small

by Asher Kohn

…or perhaps not thinking. Not at all. Seuss-ian writing aside, there are a few different ways to view how ISAF is trying to change the built environment in Afghanistan. I’ve been bullish on architectural changes for a while now, and the military wings its way besides. I’d imagine the impulse to make wholesale changes is [...]

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Getting Sci-Fi in the Altai

by Asher Kohn

First off, apologies for being absent these past couple of weeks. Some remarkably serious stuff has gone on in my life outside of my internet persona, and I haven’t had the chance to even think about these sorts of topics recently. I only just got caught up with my news yesterday. So I haven’t forgotten [...]

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Back to Central Asia to Start

by Asher Kohn

I had the opportunity to have a long talk (or to be technical, listen to three different talks) with a woman who does Law and Central Asia stuff for the US Government. I’m not going to get into specifics because I haven’t asked her if I can get into specifics on an internet forum, and [...]

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No Mere Frontier

by Asher Kohn

Stumbling into this project, as well as looking at the maps Mr. Foust put up in his last post, got me thinking. The Rewilding is exuberant, exaggerated, and almost entirely academic at this point, but it is interesting: A Marshall Plan for the environment, rewilding promotes the expansion of core wilderness areas on a vast [...]

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Roghun Rage

by Asher Kohn

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have been feuding over energy rights, gas rights, and other natural resources for a bit now. Over the weekend, though, things took another step in the direction towards weird. Shots were almost fired, reportedly, over a cow. By its actions, the Tajik side severely violated generally accepted international norms and bilateral agreements [...]

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