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.

At Registan, Central Asia is our obsession. Registan.net was founded to shine a light on the region for western audiences and to add context to media reporting. In our nearly ten years of publishing news and analysis on the region, we have amassed an archive of thousands of items discussing the region’s people, cultures, religions, politics, and foreign policies. All of our contributors who cover Central Asia have lived or traveled extensively in the region and most speak one or more of the languages used in the region.

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One of Ours

by Casey_Michel

I barely knew Alex Petersen. I didn’t know him nearly as well as his colleagues, or his coworkers, or those fortunate enough to witness him at work, parsing the traits and trends and tinted world of Eurasia. I knew him far less than, I imagine, the predominance of Registan’s writer- and readership. His name, however, [...]

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Domestic Violence in Uzbekistan: Can It Ever Be Stopped?

by Guest
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Registan.net is happy to feature what we hope will be the first of many guest posts by Dillorom Abdulloeva at Tashabbus, a unique organization founded in 2010 by a group of young Uzbek lawyers. Their mission is to encourage and empower citizens to actively participate in the process of strengthening the rule of law in [...]

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Repost: Fish Are Finally Returning To The Shrunken Aral Sea

by Reid Standish
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This article was originally published by VICE on January 14, 2014. Click here to view the original.  We’d been driving for nearly an hour before we finally stopped. The off-road journey was rough, but it helped to put the surroundings in perspective. Magzhan Tursinbayev, an ecologist and my ride for the day, stepped out of [...]

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Domestic Violence in Kyrgyzstan, Part I: Married Women (In Their Own Words)

by Tricia Ryan
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Asel* was a young woman, perhaps 22 or 23, with three children. The children were staying with her sister when we met in Asel’s hospital room. Asel had heard through the gossip networks of Osh, Kyrgyzstan, that there was a foreign woman in town who was asking about violence in the home. Asel was in [...]

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Kazakhstan’s New Digs: A look at development and fashion on the Steppe

by Reid Standish
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When you first enter Fashion Week from the outside, its clear that you’ve entered a different part of Kazakhstan. The sights and smells of Almaty’s congested streets are gone and replaced by perfume, cigarettes and gleaming diamond necklaces. A quick scan across the lobby reveals a major disconnect with the rest of the city. Next [...]

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Checking in on Eurasian Union Struggles

by Casey_Michel

In late October, while meeting with other heads involved in the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Minsk, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev turned to the topic of the forthcoming Eurasian Union. There had been hints and drops of Kazakhstani discontent with the EAU’s formulation – talk of business concerns, rumblings of ethno-based discontent. Nazarbayev decided to focus [...]

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Is Gulnara Karimova Really Worth All This Attention?

by Traveler
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  In recent days, both independent Uzbek media and foreign news outlets that cover Uzbekistan are all busy following, and reporting on, the happenings around Gulnara Karimova, eldest daughter of the President of Uzbekistan. Karimova apparently lost the favor of her father, and her unquestioned fame and authority appear to be loose and doomed to [...]

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Influence: The Bogeyman of Simplified Strategic Understanding

by Nathan Barrick

Many times I have been asked to assess whether one nation or another is “increasing influence,” usually to categorize as “good” or “bad” developing events for someone with little time or understanding of the situation. Frequently, the right answer – “It depends…” – has to be discarded due to an enforced sense of urgency that [...]

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China’s pragmatic vectors of regionalism in Central Asia

by Mathieu BOULEGUE
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Chinese President Xi Jinping recently wrapped up a 10-day official tour in Central Asia between 3 and 13 September in the midst of his participation to the G-20 Summit in Saint Petersburg on 5 and 6 September and his subsequent presence at the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in [...]

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The Gold Rush: Kyrgyz version [Updated]

by Alisher Abdug'ofurov
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Last week seven demonstrations took place in Kyrgyzstan. Five of them were related to the Kumtor gold mine. The events in Karakol attracted the most attention. The riots began in Karakol during a demonstration on October 7, when protesters took hostage Emilbek Kaptagaev, the Governor of the Issyk-Kul region. The participants of the demonstration demanded [...]

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