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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Atambayev risks sparking third Kyrgyz revolution

April 8, 2017

Once praised as an “island of democracy” in Central Asia, the Kyrgyz Republic now finds itself on a hazardous, illiberal road under a president reluctant to step down.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Kazakh banks play pass the parcel with unexploded bad loan bomb

March 23, 2017

The Kazakh government sees Halyk's takeover as the best way to solve KKB’s bad loans problems, which stem largely from its takeover of failed bank BTA in 2015.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Nazarbayev learns lessons from Uzbek succession process

February 10, 2017

The Kazakh president's constitutional proposals have sparked speculation about the real purpose of such reforms.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Tajik banking problems to continue despite bailout

February 2, 2017

As the banking crisis has snowballed over the past couple of years, donors’ calls for reform were ignored time and time again.

CENTRAL ASIAN BLOG: Syrian peace talks launch Astana's 2017 PR campaign

January 22, 2017

Kazakhstan has good relations with all participants but is likely to help sway the talks in Russia's favour.

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