Monday 17 January 2022
January 06, 2022
The Consequences Of Inviting Russian-Led CSTO Troops Into Kazakhstan
As anti-government protests spread throughout Kazakhstan with reports of security officials joining the demonstrators or being disarmed, President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev declared that “terrorist groups” with foreign training were behind the unrest. He used this pretext to request help from the CSTO.
December 05, 2021
Majlis Podcast: The Growing Ties Between Turkey And Central Asia
Turkey's role in Central Asia has been waxing lately after recent visits by top officials. Turkey's global role is also growing, so it is little wonder that Ankara is putting a new focus on Central Asia and that the Turkic states of Central Asia welcome an upgrade in ties with an ascendant Turkey.
December 04, 2021
'First Brother': Bolat Nazarbaev Goes From Plumber To President's Spoiled Sibling
The family of Kazakhstan's first president, Nursultan Nazarbaev, is well-known for living extravagantly and acquiring expensive property abroad. This has often been noted in international media concerning Nazarbaev's three daughters, but his brother Bolat might be the wildest example of them all.
November 29, 2021
Democratic 'Blackout'? Latest Kyrgyz Parliamentary Elections Can't Escape Controversy
Low turnout in the Kyrgyz elections did not prevent controversy from breaking out after the official vote-tabulation monitor went black. When it returned, cries of cheating rung out, as there were noticeably different vote counts and questions as to why so many ballots were ruled invalid.
November 09, 2021
Former Uzbek Diplomat Yusupov Reportedly Beaten, Mistreated In Prison
A rights group says Kadyr Yusupov, a former high-ranking diplomat, was beaten by fellow inmates in prison and is being denied medical attention. Yusupov, who suffers from schizophrenia, was charged with spying and convicted of treason in 2020 on charges activists say are dubious.
November 08, 2021
Turkmenistan's Heir Apparent Makes Vague Pledges In Glasgow To Cut Methane Emissions
Serdar Berdymukhammedov, the son of Turkmenistan's president, made vague promises at the international climate conference in Glasgow about cutting methane emissions. That's unfortunate, because Turkmenistan is one of the worst methane polluters on Earth.
October 31, 2021
Majlis Podcast: Shortages On People's Minds As Central Asia Heads Into Winter
On this week's Majlis podcast, Muhammad Tahir moderates a discussion on the current situation in Central Asian countries while they prepare for winter and what could be in store for them as the mercury in thermometers continues to drop.
October 27, 2021
Kyrgyz President's Remarks On Exchanging Territory With Tajikistan Increase Tensions
Though some progress demarcating the Kyrgyz-Tajik border has been made since deadly ethnic violence earlier this year, a recent comment by Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov threatens to sour tensions further.
October 24, 2021
Majlis Podcast: Is China's Base In Tajikistan A Sign Of Creeping Penetration?
A recent report from RFE/RL’s Tajik Service, known locally as Ozodi, showed the Chinese base in the far eastern corner of Tajikistan, near the area where Tajikistan, China, and Afghanistan meet, has been expanded and new buildings added to the complex.