Thursday 9 December 2004
November 15, 2004
Analysis: Kazakh Breakthrough On Uzbek Terror Case
The violence in Uzbekistan earlier this year killed over 50 people The explosions, shoot-outs, and suicide bombings that struck Uzbekistan on 29 March-1 April and 30 July killed more than 50 people and left a host of unanswered questions in their wake.
November 09, 2004
East: EBRD Report Finds Former Soviet Oil Economies Booming
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) this week confirmed what many in Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia had already suspected -- their economies are booming. In its annual Transition Report, released yesterday, the bank said higher oil and other commodity prices are fueling skyrocketing annual growth for many countries. In fact, the former Soviet Union is now the world's second-fastest-growing region in the world -- behind only China and neighboring countries in Asia. But the high prices won't last forever.
November 04, 2004
Kazakhstan: Nazarbaev Expecting Obedience From Newly Elected Parliament
Kazakhstan's newly elected Mazhilis, the lower house of parliament, held its first session yesterday. President Nursultan Nazarbaev addressed the deputies, setting a policy agenda for the next few years. Nazarbaev made it clear what he expects from the Mazhilis in the coming years -- no opposition to his proposed reforms. And the man chosen to be speaker seems ideally suited to implement the president's will. Notably absent from the first session was the Mazhilis's only opposition deputy, who had resigned in protest the day before.
November 03, 2004
World: Sampling Of Reaction To U.S. Vote Shows Cautious Optimism
In opinion polls before the 2 November vote in the United States, citizens of countries from Canada to South Korea -- with the notable exceptions of Russia and Israel -- declared an overwhelming preference for Democratic Senator John Kerry to win the U.S. presidential election over Republican incumbent George W. Bush. But as the time neared for declaring an actual winner, international figures and people on the streets displayed a cautious optimism. RFE/RL collects a sampling of various opinions from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and around the world.
October 27, 2004
Central Asia: French Scholar Highlights 'Women Of Authority'
In a recent book, "The Women of Authority in Contemporary Central Asia," French scholar Habiba Fathi asserts that Muslim women in Central Asia not only actively participate in religious life but often come to occupy positions of authority. Fathi's in-field study affirms women's considerable religious presence in Central Asia, particularly in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Last week, Fathi presented her findings at the New York-based Open Society Institute and spoke with RFE/RL.
October 18, 2004
Analysis: Energy Geopolitics In The Caspian
By Houchang Hassan-Yari
October 15, 2004
Kazakhstan: Parliamentary Speaker Bluntly Criticizes Elections, But For What Purpose?
Zharmakhan Tuyakbai, the speaker of Kazakhstan's Mazhilis, or lower house of parliament, has harshly criticized recent parliamentary elections in the country. Tuyakbai, who is also the deputy chairman of the ruling Otan (Fatherland) party, described them as a "farce" in a newspaper article. What are the motives behind such blunt language? Otan ended up with more than half of the seats, while Tuyakbai is considered to be a loyal follower of President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
October 07, 2004
Central Asia: Corruption, Lack of Vision Seen As Stunting Economic Growth
Thirteen years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, the economies of Central Asia are still struggling. One problem is that Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are not relying enough on one another for the boost necessary to start their economies after 70 years of central control. Corruption is another problem, as is a lack of economic innovation. These were among the conclusions drawn at a daylong forum in Washington earlier this week.