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The Challenges of Electoral Security in Afghanistan

Registan.net is happy to welcome a guest post from Salima Ahmadi, an Afghan undergraduate student at the American University of Central Asia studying in the International and Comparative Politics department. By Mohammad Jawed Nazari and Salima Ahmadi Afghanistan’s presidential and provincial council elections are due to take place on April 5, 2014, with eleven presidential [...]

Russia in a post-modern international system: searching for the “red line”

  After two waves of economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union and the United States, Moscow was denied a G8 summit and was “excluded” by the G7 from the club of super powers. And then what? Looking for the red line Over the past 5 months, the Ukrainian and Crimean crises have [...]

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

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 [...]

Join us on February 24th for the Second Central Asian Security Workshop in DC

by Noah Tucker
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Registan.net is happy to announce we are expanding our partnership with the Central Asia Program at GWU and their new Uzbekistan Initiative project. If you’re in the DC area next week (or can make it there!) please join us at the Elliot School for a day of great presentations, roundtables and discussion. Program directors Marlene [...]

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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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China’s all-weather friend in Pakistan

by Kendrick Kuo
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On the newest episode of China Pivots West, ANDREW SMALL discusses the topic of his new book The China-Pakistan Axis–the often neglected relationship between Beijing and Islamabad. As someone who has traveled and done research in the region, Small is uniquely qualified to comment on this important facet of Chinese foreign policy. We also touch on the complicating [...]

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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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Healthcare in Uzbekistan: no solution, no hope, no escape? (Part 1)

by Gulnoza Saidazimova

My friend Nadira’s husband, Akmal (names have been changed to maintain privacy), was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year. They have been devastated, particularly because a few months ago Akmal lost his mother to cancer. For several years, Nadira took care of her mother-in-law who had undergone a double mastectomy and was bedridden following the [...]

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Healthcare in Uzbekistan: no solution, no hope, no escape? (Part 2)

by Gulnoza Saidazimova

Unless you are dying from a heart attack or serious injury, it is up to you to decide whether to check into a hospital or not. My Tashkent-based friend who had double pneumonia recently refused to stay in a hospital after seeing a hospital room full of cockroaches. The doctors asked her to sign a [...]

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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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Uighur anthropology in Xinjiang and Pakistan

by Kendrick Kuo
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In a new China Pivots West episode, ALESSANDRO RIPPA discusses the state of Xinjiang studies, anthropological field work, the Uighur community in Pakistan, and the challenges of conducting research in China. Alessandro Rippa is pursuing his PhD at the University of Aberdeen. He studies China’s western regions and is an expert on Uyghur issues. He is [...]

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