Can Tajik-Kyrgyz border conflict spiral into war?

IWPR June 2, 2021

Following the worst fighting in years, experts warn that states need to urgently build trust and solve humanitarian issues.

Russia addressing ‘growing Central Asia security concerns’

bne IntelIiNews May 31, 2021

Kremlin takes stock of serious border clash between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and bracing of region for Taliban reaction to pullout of US troops from Afghanistan by September.

Kyrgyzstan’s Kumtor mine grab hits financing plans of Tulkubash gold project

Kanat Shaku in Almaty May 26, 2021

Rising uncertainty facing foreign miners in country could deter debt or equity investors.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Kyrgyzstan’s gold grab

Kanat Shaku in Almaty May 21, 2021

Analysts ask whether Bishkek made its shock move to seize the Kumtor mine in the face of a mounting fiscal crisis and amid anxieties that the gold may be exhausted within three years.

Perspectives | Xi’an meeting marks a new chapter for China in Central Asia

Srdjan Uljevic for Eurasianet May 20, 2021

As the only major power at the table, China sets the agenda.

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway: Who is going to pay?

Chris Rickleton for Eurasianet May 17, 2021

Kyrgyzstan is flogging its section of the would-be track, but how successfully?

Centerra files arbitration suit as Kyrgyzstan moves to seize Kumtor gold mine

Kanat Shaku in Almaty May 17, 2021

Canada and UK warn government actions that “negatively impact trade and foreign direct investment will further undermine already fragile economic livelihoods of the Kyrgyz people”.

DATACRUNCH: the bne car ownership/age index

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2021

bne IntelliNews has introduced a new index, the bne Car Ownership/Age index (bneCOR), that cuts through the contradictions and paints a much clearer picture of just how far the middle class has come in each country.

MACRO ADVISORY: The five Stans back in the Game

Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory in Moscow May 14, 2021

Now Central Asia has opened up, its major resources mean the rest of the world is paying more attention.

Armenia asks Moscow-led CSTO to respond to Azerbaijan’s ‘provocative troop incursions’

bne IntelIiNews May 13, 2021

France’s president Macron and US congressman Schiff express support for Yerevan.

Kyrgyzstan hits Canadian gold mine operator with $3.1bn fine and unveils law on state takeovers of companies

Kanat Shaku in Almaty May 10, 2021

Moves will exacerbate fears foreign investors could face rough time under country’s new populist president.

Kyrgyz, Tajik troops move back from border after fighting that killed dozens

Kanat Shaku in Almaty May 3, 2021

Ceasefire said to be holding after presidents speak on phone and calls for calm from Russia, EU and OSCE.

Kyrgyz and Tajik citizens, armed forces come to deadly blows in border clashes

Kanat Shaku in Almaty April 29, 2021

At least three dead in showdown triggered over rights to water infrastructure. Evening ceasefire agreed.

Kazakhstan grumbles at Russia breaking trade bloc rules

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet April 29, 2021

An intensified inspection regime has led to a line of 300 trucks at the border.

Chinese researchers calculate Central Asia’s water waste, agriculture potential

David Trilling for Eurasianet April 28, 2021

If Central Asian farmers don’t radically change how they use water, the region will not feed China.

Kyrgyzstan president prescribes poison root for COVID-19

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet April 16, 2021

The health minister then drank the concoction at a press conference.

Kyrgyz court frees ex-PM charged with corruption after he pays $12mn

Kanat Shaku in Almaty April 15, 2021

New government allows those found with illegal financial assets to avoid prosecution by surrendering them to Treasury. US embassy has warned about rise of organised crime in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan: Referendum hands Japarov the super-presidency he craved

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet April 12, 2021

A low turnout may dent the legitimacy of the exercise, however.

CEE reels as third wave of COVID-19 breaks

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.

Perspectives: Turkey and China – can Azerbaijan be the bridge?

Firuza Nahmadova for Eurasianet March 24, 2021

Since shepherding Azerbaijan’s military victory last autumn, Turkey has been on a Silk Road charm offensive. The challenge is turning talk into action.