In Tajikistan, It’s Someone Else’s Virus

April 06, 2020

It appears paradoxical that the new coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease was not found in Central Asia until mid-March. The region’s highly mobile societies border directly on China, with which intense bilateral relationships exist. At the end of January, Kazakhstan closed some of...

Central Asian Migrants in Russia: A Heated Debate

March 19, 2014

With the growing presence of Central Asians in Russia, xenophobia has started to rise. The question of whether Uzbeks might become a titular nationality in Russia reflects ongoing, often heated discussions on the future of the country and its ethnic composition in relation to the growth of labor...

Lay Your Cards Down: China’s New Silk Road

November 02, 2013

The Great Game takes another twist in Central Asia. By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Chinese President Xi Jinping has recently been busy in Central Asia, on a trip that coincided with a meeting in Kyrgyzstan to attend the 13th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). While many China...

Central Asia: Trending to 2025

October 24, 2012

Even as Asia has been booming, the Arab world awakened and Africa now rising, Russia's "near abroad" is now on the ropes. The expectations following Independence have been dashed. Here is an account by someone who lives and works that regional trauma. What happens if the current...