Central Asia vaccination plans underwhelm, but governments look unruffled

Eurasianet January 15, 2021

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan are taking triumphalist stances on coronavirus.

COMMENT: Uzbekistan is being transformed, but where are the democratic reforms?

Fred Harrison in London January 6, 2021

In his two and half hour end of year address to the Uzbek parliament, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev used the word “reform” 34 times, but only mentioned democratic reforms three times. The need for political reform is the elephant in the room.

OUTLOOK 2021 Uzbekistan

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent & Will Conroy in Prague January 5, 2021

Coronavirus-afflicted 2020 came as a cruel blow to a country that was winning plaudits for progress in transforming to a market economy. Tashkent hopes to quickly get fully back on track.

Uzbekistan’s Makro positions itself for growth in a more competitive market

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 19, 2020

Uzbekistan’s largest grocery retailer Makro has been expanding rapidly in Central Asia’s most populous market as it prepares for the entry of international competitors.

Here’s Looking at EAEU: What a gas!

Here's Looking at EAEU for Eurasianet December 11, 2020

Unemployment, post-COVID hopes, and moving gas: This and more in Eurasianet’s monthly briefing on the Eurasian Economic Union.