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Kazakhstan Steps Up Campaign Against Ultra-Orthodox Islam

A good Muslim should look the part – legislation now being pushed...

Uzbekistan: Intelligentsia Make Plea For Opposition Leader’s Return

More than 400 representatives of Uzbekistan’s self-described intelligentsia have signed an online...

Sewage Protest Causes a Stink in Yerevan City Council Meeting

A Yerevan City Council meeting turned violent on February 13 after two...

Uzbekistan Unblocks Banned Websites

From around lunchtime on February 12, internet users in Uzbekistan have been...

Is This Putin’s Utopia?

“To be a Eurasianist should be cool, it should be stylish.”...

Kyrgyzstan: President Drops Libel Damages Claim

Kyrgyzstan’s president has agreed to drop his claim to libel damages from...

Kazakhstan: Terrorist Plot — or Concocted Conspiracy?

Three men in plain white face masks gaze into the camera as...

Kazakhstan: Online Anonymity Ban in Force from April

Kazakhstan has set the clock running on stamping out anonymous commenting on...

Azerbaijan: Painting With Oil – No, Not that Oil

One day, when he was seven years old, Sabir Chopuroglu's parents brought...

Survey: Armenians' Attitudes Toward Azerbaijan Increasingly Hardening

People in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh are increasingly opposed to making any...

Academic Freedom in Tajikistan Endangered: What is to be Done?

Academic freedom is imperiled in Tajikistan, and determined action by the international...

Georgia: Gamsakhurdia Biopic Sidesteps Post-Soviet Politics

Deserted by friends, pursued by his enemies, with reality escaping his grip,...

Taking the Temperature of Turkmenistan’s Economic Meltdown

In his year-end address to the nation, Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, brimmed...

Uzbekistan: Jailed Entrepreneur Keeps Faith in the System

A scroll through Olim Sulaimanov’s Facebook page suggests nothing of a man...

US Citizen Accused of Plotting to Assassinate Armenian Officials

Armenian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a United States citizen...

Kyrgyzstan: The Quiet Success of an Islamic Woman’s Group

Every week, hundreds of women trickle in and out of Dilyarom Hamrakulova’s...

Tajikistan: How a Broke Government Keeps its Books Balanced

In its annual budget, Tajikistan is relying on unusual accounting maneuvers to ensure...

Kazakhstan: Is New Military Doctrine Response to Russia or the West?

In late September, Kazakhstan adopted its fifth military doctrine....

Uzbekistan: Imam Proposes Death Penalty for Radical Muslims

A prominent imam in Uzbekistan has caused a stink by taking to...

Uzbekistan: Devout Muslims Targeted in Sweeps

A rights group in Uzbekistan has reported that police have over the...

The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen...

Islam, the State, and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia

It is a common assumption that the Bolsheviks, after consolidating their hold...

Uzbekistan: A Breeding Ground for Terrorism?

A mass killing in New York perpetrated by a citizen of Uzbekistan...

Gender and the Bolsheviks: A Contested Legacy

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union, one of the most contested...

What Is to Be Done About the ‘Russian Question?’

The October Revolution of 1917 was not a singular event, but five...

“Sexy Sheep” Welcome Azerbaijanis to Ukraine

A bare-breasted woman wearing a sheep hat greeted male arrivals from Baku...

Central Asia and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Look at the Balance Sheet at the Centennial

Although it happened thousands of miles away, and did not reflect any...

Trade Possibilities Spurring Rapprochement Between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

As visitors arrived at the UzExpoCenter exhibition hall in Tashkent last week,...

South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's Witnesses

Breakaway South Ossetia is jumping on board with a Russian crackdown against...

Abkhazia: Memory of War Still Looms Large

Abkhazians will commemorate Victory Day on September 30, marking the day in...

Kyrgyzstan: Surge of Piety Turning Town Into Alcohol-Free Zone

There was a time when Aravan, a bazaar town in a dusty...

Tajikistan: Saudis Brag About Pushing Out Iran

Middle Eastern rivalries are playing out in Tajikistan....

Uzbekistan: HRW Speaks of Hope for Human Rights

A delegation with New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch has, during...

Uzbekistan: Ethnic Iranian Shias Face Legal Troubles in Bukhara

Back in early February, police in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, detained 20 men in...

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutions Thin Ranks of Presidential Contenders

Two major names in Kyrgyzstani politics have been sentenced to long terms...

Tajikistan Accuses Iran of Assassination Campaign in Foreign Policy Gambit

Despite the close cultural connection that Tajikistan has with Iran, Dushanbe seems...

Kazakhstan: Language Students Land in Egyptian Jails

When a group of students from Kazakhstan traveled to Egypt to improve...

Uzbekistan: Thousands of Suspected Radicals Rehabilitated

Authorities in Uzbekistan have reportedly removed more than 4,000 people from blacklists...

Tajikistan: Authorities Go After Relatives of Opposition

A crackdown in Tajikistan that began in 2015 has forced large swaths...

Did Kyrgyzstan Get Sold a Hydropower Pup?

Barely a week passed after Kyrgyzstan triumphantly declared it had struck a...

Armenia: A Year On, Police Station Attack Still Divides Society

Armenians marked the one-year anniversary of an armed takeover of a Yerevan...

Kyrgyzstan: Social Entrepreneur Finds Foothold in Tien Shan Foothills

Early on a summer morning, customers begin to filter on to the...

Kazakhstan: Law Narrows Field for Presidential Contenders

Implausible as it might seem, a day will come when Kazakhstan will...

Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation

By M. Ashraf Haidari, the Director-General of Policy & Strategy of the...

Tajikistan: Relatives of Islamic State Commander Killed in Clash

Four close relatives of the riot police commander that left Tajikistan to...

Tajikistan: Taking State Snooping to the Next Level

For the past few weeks in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, teams of officials...

Can China Help GUAM Diversify Away from Russia?

Established in 1997, GUAM—a platform named after its members Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan,...

Turkmenistan: President Calls Time on Welfare Benefits

The president of Turkmenistan has in a long-awaited move ordered an end...

Uzbekistan: President Appeals to Muslims "Gone Astray"

The custom in Uzbekistan has for many years been to speak about...

Kyrgyzstan: Tree-Chopping Divides Greens and Urban Planners

Without warning, city workers descended on a leafy street recently in Kyrgyzstan’s...

Kazakhstan: Law on Religious Clothing in the Works

The government in Kazakhstan looks set to intensify its war on what...

Georgia: Reluctant Host for Azerbaijani Dissidents?

For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to...

Kazakhstan: Activist Recantation Demoralizes Civil Society

Only two years ago, civic rights activist Olesya Khalabuzar was proclaiming ambitiously...

On the Question of Religious Freedom in Azerbaijan

By Hikmat Hajiyev, Head of Press Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the...

Uzbekistan: Police to Place Cameras in Interrogation Rooms

Police in Uzbekistan will soon be required to install close circuit cameras...

Russia: Petersburg Metro Blast Sets Off Hunt for Central Asian Terrorists

There is work under way to lay down new water pipes near...

China Mimics Central Asian States, Bans Long Beards in Restive Region

Chinese President Xi Jinping called recently for the creation of a “great...

Uzbekistan: Internet Cafes, Gaming Halls Closed En Masse

Security services in Uzbekistan have for the last few days been ordering...

Russia: Another Central Asian Arrested Over Metro Blast

Security services in Russia have detained another native of Kyrgyzstan in connection...

Tajikistan's Islamic State Contingent Reportedly Suffers Grave Blows

Media outlets have in recent days reported on the death of senior...

Kyrgyzstan: Religious Authorities Order Closure of Illegal Madrasas

A representative for the Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Kyrgyzstan has...

Russia: Metro Bombing Raises Alarm on Central Asia Terror Link

Was the St. Petersburg bomber the one that got away?...

Searching for Putin’s Swedish Friends

Dissatisfied with the mainstream media, Sweden’s old left and alt-right find common...

Kazakhstan: Education Reforms Assailed by Patriotic Camp

Kazakhstan’s government knew what it was getting when Yerlan Sagadiyev was appointed...

Tajikistan and Islamic State: Threat or Bogeyman?

Perhaps the greatest existential threat facing Tajikistan is posed by the Islamic...

Turkmenistan: President Bags Huge But Implausible Election Win

As had been widely anticipated, Turkmenistan’s president has not only won the...

Uzbekistan: Anti-Terrorist Blockbuster Slated by Public

The recently released trailer for a film telling the story of militant...

Bucking Trump, His Cabinet Promises Hard Line on Russia

President-elect Donald Trump's nominees for his top foreign policy, defense, and intelligence...

Armenia: Boosting Female Presence in Army

It took some time for Lusine Poghosian’s male classmates to adapt to...

Kazakhstan: Security Services Waging War on Extremists

Kazakhstan’s security services say they have rounded up 33 members of a...

Xinjiang: Uighurs Grapple with Travel Restrictions

Ethnic Turkic-speaking Uighurs in China have long faced restrictions relating mainly to...

Russia: Putin the Historian

According to a number of biographical accounts, history was Russian President Vladimir...

Azerbaijan: Netanyahu Visit Boosts Azerbaijani-Israel Ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent official visit to Baku signals that...

Uzbekistan: Azimov Loses Job at Finance Ministry

A man one time considered a possible successor to Uzbekistan’s late president...

Kazakhstan: Agents Capture Alleged Gang of Islamist Oil Thieves

Security forces in Kazakhstan carried out a special operation in the western...

Azerbaijan: Officials Are Wrong to Securitize the Shias

Roughly 300 kilometers south of Baku, Azerbaijan’s booming capital with its glitzy...

Top Trump Adviser Has Shifting Views on Russia, Eurasia

President-elect Donald Trump's top national security adviser has expressed a variety of...

Kazakhstan President Chews the Cud on US-Style Talk Show

“We have a great show tonight!” (Applause and cheers). “And our first...

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Leader Seeks President's Impeachment

The leader of Kyrgyzstan’s opposition Ata-Meken party, Omurbek Tekebayev, has raised the...

Tajikistan: US Warns of Possible Terror Attacks

The US Embassy in Tajikistan issued a warning on its website on...

Kazakhstan: Almaty Shooting Spree Trial Comes to a Close

The trial in Kazakhstan of a man accused of embarking on a...

Turkmenistan: Crisis Forces Groceries to Vanish From Stores

Turkmenistan is looking down the barrel of its worst economic crisis in...

Central Asia: Interpreting and Remembering the 1916 Revolt

“You must have some more of these potatoes,” the scholar next to...

Kazakhstan: Trial Into Aktobe Violence Opens

The trial began in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe on October...

Kerry: Armenia and Azerbaijan "Not Ready" for Peace

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has created a diplomatic stir...

Tajikistan: Officials Need Permission to Leave Country

In what looks like a move to tighten the screws yet further...

Tajikistan: Youth Group Intimidating Opposition

Repression of dissenters in Tajikistan is taking a worrisome turn, with family...

Kazakhstan: Aktobe’s No. 1 Mosque Leaves Employees Unpaid

A shocking outbreak of violence in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe...

Kazakhstan: Rearranging Chairs on the Ship Astana

The latest shakeup of the government by Kazakhstan’s president looks seismic at...

SCO Investigating "Russian Traces" in Bishkek Chinese Embassy Attack

Investigators from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are working on the case of...

Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Stature Grows After Death

Uzbekistan’s long-serving leader may be dead, but the government is intent on...

Uzbekistan: The Life and Legacy of Islam Karimov

Following days of uncertainty surrounding the fate of the septuagenarian strongman who...

Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Embassy Hit by Bomb Blast

A car packed with explosives was rammed into China’s Embassy in Kyrgyzstan...

Kazakhstan: Security Services Claim More Terror Plots Quashed

Kazakhstan’s security services say they have detained members of an extremist organization...

Tajikistan Draws Up List of Hijab-Wearers

Police in Tajikistan have taken to drawing up lists of women known...

Kazakhstan and the Cyber-Snitch

It's no secret that social-network sites on the Internet are being abused...

Uzbekistan: Cinematic Morality Tale Chronicles the Rise and Fall of Ferghana Radicalism

Namangan, a city in Uzbekistan’s portion of the Ferghana Valley, was aflame...

Azerbaijan: Marching in Lockstep with Turkey in Cracking Down on Gulen

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to the failed coup attempt...

Kazakhstan: New Labor Code Squeezes Older Workers

Economic pressures are prompting older workers in Kazakhstan to stay on the...

Remaining Gunmen in Armenia Standoff Surrender

The remaining opposition gunmen holed up in a police station in Yerevan...