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CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Mongolia’s fledgling tourism sector faces a long road to recovery after COVID-19

July 1, 2021

International travellers do not arrive on a whim. Most book at least six months ahead. The country’s tourism operators have thus already lost 2020 and 2021.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: The new khan of Mongolia

June 30, 2021

Khurelsukh Ukhnaa hopes to bestride the nation as a president who gets things done. But he’ll have to overcome some big, early challenges first.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: If Inandi kidnapping is confirmed, Turkey’s Khashoggi protestations will ring hollow

June 17, 2021

In Washington Post article, Erdogan critic and basketball star Enes Kanter raises alarm over educator apparently grabbed by Turkish agents in Kyrgyzstan.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Mongolia’s presidency, a new chapter

June 8, 2021

Country has option of replacing one strongman for another, voting in the nominee of a splintered party or choosing an entrepreneur said to have delivered the internet to Mongolians.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Kyrgyzstan’s gold grab

May 21, 2021

Analysts ask whether Bishkek made its shock move to seize the Kumtor mine in the face of a mounting fiscal crisis and amid anxieties that the gold may be exhausted within three years.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Kazakhs’ loathing of encroaching China rises as Lake Balkhash falls

May 8, 2021

Beijing’s hopes of persuading the people of Kazakhstan it’s a force for good won’t be helped if China’s upstream water consumption causes a “second Aral Sea” disaster.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: End of story?

May 1, 2021

An attempt at dissolving Mongolia's ruling party looks like a desperate manoeuvre from President Battulga Khaltmaa as he fights a ban on seeking re-election.

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