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interethnic relations

Kazakhstan’s 1930s Famine Gets Film Treatment as Memories Fade

The set for Berkutchi, a movie production about the manmade famine that...

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Border Impasse: Finding a Way Out of a Tight Spot

The districts of Batken and Lelik are tucked away in a southwest...

Kyrgyzstan: Smears Soil Election Campaign

Kyrgyzstan’s competitive presidential election campaign is taking a dirty turn, as strategists...

Kyrgyzstan: Lawmaker Proposes Stripping Reporter of Citizenship

A lawmaker in Kyrgyzstan has devised a new threat for journalists whose...

Kazakhstan: Conviction Shows Separatism Nerves Still Raw

A man in northern Kazakhstan has reportedly been sentenced to 5 1/2...

Russia: Raising a Red Flag About Imperial Overreach

Part 1   Some experts in Russia are cautioning that the Kremlin’s...

Kyrgyzstan Ditches Key Treaty With U.S.

In the face of widespread hopes of a last-minute change of heart,...

Jailed Rights Activist Sours U.S.-Kyrgyz Relations

How did it all go so wrong? A nasty row has broken...

Kazakhstan: Local Ethnic Conflict Exposes National Fault Lines

“Kazakhstan is a land of unity and accord,” reads the billboard looming...

As Russian Law Comes To Crimea, Local Tatars Brace For 'Extremism' Accusations

Russian-language media have launched a blistering attack against Crimean Tatar businessman Lenur...

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s Roads of Separation

“Don’t spit in the well you drink from!” This expression, which has...

Putin: In 2008 War, Georgians Wanted Us To Win

Georgians wanted Russian soldiers to "take" then-president Mikheil Saakashvili during the 2008...

Uzbekistan: Tajik Language Under Pressure in Ancient Samarkand

Back in the days of the fabled Silk Road, Samarkand was a...

CSTO Peacekeepers Drill In Russia, Preparing For What?

The Collective Security Treaty Organization is holding its second-ever peacekeeping exercises, in...

Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan: Disputed Border Heightens Risk of Conflict

Ask an ethnic Kyrgyz in the cramped village of Tash-Tumshuk what country...

Kyrgyzstan: Memories of Osh Violence Continue to Haunt Children

The physical damage done to Osh, the city in southern Kyrgyzstan that...

Kyrgyzstan: Officials Still Targeting Uzbeks with Violence – Independent Inquiry

A long-awaited report on last summer’s interethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan has...

Kyrgyzstan: Lingering Osh Tension Mutes Uzbek Celebrations

All her life, Feruza dreamed of her wedding day, when, hand-in-hand with...

Kyrgyzstan: Murder Highlights Enduring Ethnic Tensions

Justice is relative in southern Kyrgyzstan. But blame seems to be absolute. ...

Kyrgyzstan Wants Putin, But Not His Language

(Update: RFE/RL reports that the State Language Committee boss was sacked February...

Kyrgyz Courtroom Scenes Leave Justice In Jeopardy

Caged in the back of a courtroom, they were attacked by police...

In Southern Kyrgyzstan, “SOS” Leads to Jail Time

A court in southern Kyrgyzstan has sentenced two ethnic Uzbeks to three...

Kyrgyzstan: Some Parties Playing Nationalist Card in Parliamentary Election Campaign

As Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary election campaign intensifies, some observers worry it can stir...

Kyrgyzstan: Mayhem at Activist's Trial Highlights Lingering Interethnic Tension

With shops, schools and even nightclubs in southern Kyrgyzstan re-opening, daily life...

CST D’Oh!

The Moscow-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization is set to discuss options for...

Bishkek Drags Feet on Calls for Violence Inquiry

The European Parliament has issued the latest appeal for Bishkek to allow...

In Kyrgyzstan’s Bloody Shadow, Kazakhstan Promotes Unity Message

Kazakhstan, home to some 130 ethnic groups, is making moves to shore...

Conflicting Narratives Add to Tensions in Kyrgyzstan

Attempts by the interim Kyrgyz government to control media coverage of the...

Political Violence Feeds Ethnic Tension in Southern Kyrgyzstan

The Ferghana Valley, the fertile heartland of Central Asia, looks like paradise...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Dodges President-for-Life Question Ahead of Astana's OSCE Chairmanship

As Kazakhstan gears up to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation...

Language Legislation Could Heighten Inter-Ethnic Tension in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is the only Central Asian country in which Russian remains an...

Language Legislation Could Heighten Inter-Ethnic Tension in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is the only Central Asian country in which Russian remains an...

Language Legislation Could Heighten Inter-Ethnic Tension in Kyrgyzstan

Controversial language legislation in Kyrgyzstan threatens to stir inter-ethnic tension in the...

Ethnic Violence Intensifies Turkey's Iraq Debate

Turkey is concerned about the prospect of increasing instability in northern Iraq....

ossible US Military Buildup in Georgia Raises Armenian Concerns

On 26 February, the United States announced it would send up to...

New Alliance Brings United States, Uzbekistan into Long-Term Embrace

Circumstances have forced the United States and Uzbekistan into a long-term embrace...

NGO Coalition Tackles Conflict in CIS

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, ethnic and political conflict has...

asiaNet Q & A

EurasiaNet: What is the main aim of the NGO Working Group?...

Evaluating The Appeal of Islam in The Ferghana Valley

A repetition of last summer's Batken hostage crisis so far has not...

Elections and Ethnicity in the South of Kyrgyzstan

During Kyrgyzstan's post-election period, most attention has focussed on the demonstrations staged...