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CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Uzbeks wonder why they’re suffering neverending gasoline price hikes

October 7, 2021

Rather than pay steep prices, many motorists in Uzbekistan hook up dangerous gas cylinders to their vehicles to access cheaper fuel. The “liberalised market” is not working for them.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Burger King ‘set to battle for Uzbek crown with Tashkent arrival’

July 31, 2021

Hamburger heavyweight will want more than a flash-in-the-pan success.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Mongolia’s fledgling tourism sector faces a long road to recovery after COVID-19

July 1, 2021

International travellers do not arrive on a whim. Most book at least six months ahead. The country’s tourism operators have thus already lost 2020 and 2021.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: The new khan of Mongolia

June 30, 2021

Khurelsukh Ukhnaa hopes to bestride the nation as a president who gets things done. But he’ll have to overcome some big, early challenges first.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: If Inandi kidnapping is confirmed, Turkey’s Khashoggi protestations will ring hollow

June 17, 2021

In Washington Post article, Erdogan critic and basketball star Enes Kanter raises alarm over educator apparently grabbed by Turkish agents in Kyrgyzstan.