Central Asia News and Analysis Archive

Consisting of five Soviet successor states, Central Asia lies at the heart of the Eurasian landmass. Major trade routes running through the region bringing with them new ideas, religions, and peoples back and forth from Europe and Asia. During the Soviet period, Central Asia was essentially isolated from the rest of the world. Since independence, each of the region’s new governments have sought to re-engage the world in unique ways. Untapped natural resources like oil, gas, and precious metals as well as the region’s importance to international security as Afghanistan’s northern neighbors have attracted the attention of major powers and international organizations.

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Boston area event: Please join API on April 5 for their second annual conference at Tufts University

by Noah Tucker
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Awareness Projects International’s Second Annual Conference will be held at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on April 5, 2014. The conference will feature speakers and discussions on the dynamics of U.S. relations with Russia, as well as the former Soviet nations that make up Central Asia, in light of recently developed security and [...]

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Resisting Deportation, Seeking Refuge: The Story of Nodirbek Yusupov

by Navbahor Imamova
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This story was originally published and aired in Uzbek on Voice of America’s Uzbek Service. Even when one finds refuge in a new country, justice can be very hard to come by. Chet Kaufman, a federal public defender in Tallahassee, Florida, told VOA’s Uzbek service that he felt he had an almost impossible task when [...]

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Tenge in crisis, Kazakhstan in economic disarray

by Mathieu BOULEGUE
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Recent monetary problems in Kazakhstan cast a shadow over the very viability of the “ruble zone” and the almost-quantum entanglement between post-Soviet economies is now under scrutiny. With a low Russian ruble, Ukraine de facto defaulting and a recent devaluation in Kazakhstan, the economic side of President Vladimir Putin’s Eurasian integration project just took a [...]

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Understanding the Implications of the Ukraine Crisis

by Nathan Barrick

I’m disturbed by the short-sightedness of media analysis of the events in Ukraine, even as they begin to explore deeper – they are trapped by their own previous reporting and I hope they feel guilty enough about it to start getting it right…not likely. I am also annoyed at the U.S. government’s public analysis and [...]

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Ukraine: Putin Attempts To Woo Crimean Tatars

by Peter Marzalik
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Earlier this week, Rustam Minnikhanov, President of Russia’s Republic Tatarstan and emissary of the Kremlin, arrived in Crimea to meet with Tatar leaders, likely reiterating restraint following recent clashes with the local Russian population over Russian intervention in Ukraine. The visit culminated in the signing of a cooperation agreement with the recently installed, pro-Russian Prime [...]

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Kyrgyzstan: What Does New Opposition Coalition Mean for Atambaev?

by Alisher Abdug'ofurov

On February 12, several Kyrgyz opposition parties and leaders announced the creation of a united opposition coalition. Former mayor of Osh Melis Myrzakmatov and his party “Uluttar birimdigi”, former MP and leader of the “Ata Jurt” party Kamchybek Tashiev, former attorney general Azimbek Beknazarov, former Interior Minister Omurbek Suvanaliev and others become founding members of [...]

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Is Moscow’s Power always Misaligned with Local Interests?

by David Levy
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An article appeared on Registan last week that presented Kyrgyzstan’s bid to enter the Russian-led customs union as an inevitable capitulation of the weaker state to the whims of the stronger. The author, Reid Standish, follows a familiar line of analysis whereby Russia continues to use “great power” strategies to reconstitute its sphere of influence, [...]

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Nazarbaev and Kazakh Yeli

by Michael Hancock-Parmer

-Біздің еліміздің атауында Орталық Азияның басқа да елдеріндегі сияқты “стан” деген жалғау бар. Сонымен бір мезгілде, шетелдіктер халқының саны небәрі екі миллионды құрайтын Моңғолияға қызығушылық танытады, бірақ оның атауында “стан” жалғауы жоқ. Сірә, еліміздің атауын уақыт өте келе “Қазақ елі” деп өзгерту мәселесін қарастыру керек шығар, бірақ алдымен міндетті түрде халықтың талқысына салған жөн, – [...]

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The Illusion of Choice: Kyrgyzstan and the Customs Union

by Reid Standish
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Kyrgyzstan’s accession into the Customs Union is being hotly debated as the “Accession to the Customs Union: advantages and disadvantages” business forum convened in Bishkek on January 29. At the moment, three states are members of the union: Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The goal of the Customs Union is to create a common market that [...]

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Sarah Kendzior Says What We Have All Been Afraid to Say…

by Noah Tucker

“Central Asian studies is a dying field, and many of the experts of the region are now unemployed or doing work that has nothing to do with Central Asia.” Registan.net alum Sarah Kendzior gave a great interview this week with Australia’s Crikey and said what many of us feel but have hesitated to say publicly. [...]

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