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CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Mongolians tentatively hope the worst of COVID-19 is behind them

November 19, 2021

Mongolia, which once hoped it might avoid a major coronavirus outbreak altogether, has endured prolonged phases of the pandemic. But the data show light at the end of the tunnel.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Uzbeks wonder why they’re suffering neverending gasoline price hikes

October 7, 2021

Rather than pay steep prices, many motorists in Uzbekistan hook up dangerous gas cylinders to their vehicles to access cheaper fuel. The “liberalised market” is not working for them.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Burger King ‘set to battle for Uzbek crown with Tashkent arrival’

July 31, 2021

Hamburger heavyweight will want more than a flash-in-the-pan success.

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.