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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Media risk underplaying significance of Tajikistan’s attack on Kyrgyzstan says academic

September 20, 2022

Term “border clash” not sufficient for “some of the most violent and consequential” days in the independent history of Central Asia.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: The interesting timing of Kazakhstan’s presidential election

September 2, 2022

Might Kassym-Jomart Tokayev be making his move now while Putin is distracted by Ukraine?

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Did Taliban take control of Uzbek island in border clash?

August 26, 2022

Tashkent has been working hard for mutually beneficial relations with Kabul. Perhaps fearing the process could be disrupted, officials stay tight-lipped about attacks along frontier made by Afghanistan militants.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Mongolia frets over prospect of default

August 18, 2022

Sri Lanka’s experience has rattled and unnerved some Mongolians who fear the government does not have the solutions to the country’s steep FX debt.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Why Tajikistan and Turkmenistan said no to a Central Asian ‘Visegrad Group’

July 25, 2022

Some analysts contend Moscow was not in favour of Kazakhstan’s proposal, but the opposite might actually have been the case.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Tashkent’s deadly miscalculation in Karakalpakstan

July 5, 2022

A loose end the Uzbek authorities were looking to tie up turned out to be a powder keg fuse they lit. 

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