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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Facebook Jihad: The IMU’s Digital Communication Strategy for the Karachi Airport Attack

by Noah Tucker
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We’re happy to announce that the Central Asia Digital Islam Project has released our first short policy paper with the The Central Eurasia – Religion in International Affairs (CERIA) program at George Washington University. Facebook Jihad: The IMU’s Digital Communication Strategy for the Karachi Airport Attack identifies the IMU’s social media tactics and strategies seen [...]

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New Interview on IMU Operations in Pakistan

by Noah Tucker
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I’ve had every intention of writing an IMU article this week after they claimed the Karachi airport attack and articles began to pop up questioning what this means for Central Asia. I still haven’t managed to write it, but was grateful to Kathy Gilsinan at World Politics Review for giving me a chance to talk [...]

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Uzbekistan signed a new document to end child labor: Time for real change?

by Dillorom Abdulloeva

Uzbekistan and the International Labor Organization (ILO) signed a program on technical cooperation for upcoming three years on April 25, 2014. Priorities of the program among others include the promotion of international labor standards and fundamental principles and rights at work, the promotion of occupational safety and health and the enhancement of social protection for [...]

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A New Eurasian Epoch, But No One Really Noticed

by Casey_Michel

Unless you’ve been watching the post-Soviet space with a keen eye, you likely missed the world’s-biggest-round-table signing last week. The meeting, held in Astana, heralded what Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed as a new “epoch” – the official founding of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), set to come into force on Jan. 1, 2015. But [...]

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The Central Asia Digital Islam Project: How the Internet and Social Media are Reshaping the Islamic Marketplace in Central Asia

by Noah Tucker
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The Internet and social media are slowly beginning to revolutionize the Islamic marketplace of ideas for Central Asians. Similar to processes identified by scholars like Peter Mandaville in other contexts, Central Asia’s access to digital Islam has been delayed by low Internet penetration, authoritarian controls on media and communication, and, in part, by Central Asia’s [...]

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Assessing Uzbekistan’s Terorrist Threat

by Noah Tucker
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Last year I wrote a report for USAID’s Bureau for the Middle East that they recently released to the public. While the opinions here are my own and don’t speak for the USG, I am particularly grateful that released it because it is another in a growing body of assessments that clearly argues (I hope) [...]

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Are We Witnessing The Demise of Kazakhstan’s Multi-Vectored Foreign Policy?

by Reid Standish
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Despite the slow progression and many obstacles, it appears that the Eurasian Union (Eurasian Economic Union/ EEC) is on course to come into existence. But even with general agreement among the Customs Union’s big three (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan), there are some unresolved issues that could plague the union’s future and alter the region’s political [...]

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Tuva Looks To Mongolia for Investment in a Post-Crimea World

by Matthew Kupfer
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There are few places as obscure as the Russian Federation’s Republic of Tuva. Nestled deep in south Siberia along the border with Mongolia, Tuva is the only region of Asian Russia where the indigenous titular nationality makes up the majority of the population. Isolated, impoverished, and underdeveloped, it is one of the least “Russian” places [...]

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Early Marriages Preferred and Prevail Among Uzbeks

by Gulnoza Saidazimova
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She looks beautiful in her young bride’s outfit. When she speaks in her Samarkand dialect about the recent wedding, her brown-green eyes sparkle and smile widens. Nafisa is 18 and newly married. There is probably nothing unusual about an Uzbek girl marrying at that age, except Nafisa lives in New York and goes to high [...]

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Central Asia after the 2014 Drawdown

by Kailash Prasad

For Washington, hedging against Islamabad’s vagaries while moving materiel out of Afghanistan has meant greater dependence on the Central Asian Republics crucial to the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) – despite the steep 17,500 USD transit cost per container. The Kabul – Khyber – Karachi route in comparison costs 7,200 USD. Using the NDN however has proved costly [...]

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