Hundreds of thousands of Central Asians graduated from high school this week. But due to economic hardship, many of the region's best and brightest won't be going on to college. Instead, they will work as migrant laborers to provide for their families.
China, with billions of dollars invested in Central Asian resources, is
making deals that regional leaders find hard to turn down. Beijing,
indeed, has a clear strategy for Central Asia -- and it's working.
The family members and relatives-by-marriage of Central Asian presidents often rise swiftly to power and wealth. Often, just as quickly, they fall in disgrace -- sometimes forced into exile, if not murdered.
A new draft law in Kazakhstan would allow some men to take a second, third, or even a fourth wife. With a return to Islamic traditions in Central Asia, polygamy is on the rise.
The new Russian president's visit to Astana shows that Kazakhstan has left Uzbekistan behind in a long-running competition to be the region's dominant player.
The OSCE representative on media freedom urges Kazakhstan's government to restore access to RFE/RL's Kazakh-language website, which has been blocked for nearly six weeks.
Russia's new president makes his first official foreign trip this week, to Kazakhstan and then on to China. His decision to go east, rather than west, is significant.
Weeks after a cyberattack knocks out a handful of RFE/RL websites, the company's president says the official response to a similar outage in Central Asia hints at "deliberate interference."
They're known in Central Asia as "the books that won't be read" -- ponderous tomes written by the region's heavy-handed leaders. In the latest chapter, authoritarian Uzbek President Islam Karimov has published a book on morality and power.
Rakhat Aliev, the exiled former son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbaev, says he's ready to give evidence in a U.S. probe into whether Nazarbaev took bribes from U.S. businesses to receive lucrative oil contracts.
A meeting between the Tajik and Kazakh presidents could signal a new regional alignment at the expense of Russian and Uzbek influence.