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

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Why Tajikistan and Turkmenistan said no to a Central Asian ‘Visegrad Group’

July 25, 2022

Some analysts contend Moscow was not in favour of Kazakhstan’s proposal, but the opposite might actually have been the case.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Tashkent’s deadly miscalculation in Karakalpakstan

July 5, 2022

A loose end the Uzbek authorities were looking to tie up turned out to be a powder keg fuse they lit. 

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Whisper it, but work on 25-year-old China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project may finally start

June 10, 2022

Freight dispatchers desire to avoid sanctioned Russia may have motivated Chinese officials to get a move on.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: No great enthusiasm but Kazakhs expected to vote ‘yes’ in constitutional referendum

June 3, 2022

Vote set to strip former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev of sweeping powers he held on to, while it will also open way to emergence of new political parties.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Making sense of Kazakhstan’s ‘Bloody January’— Part III/III

February 26, 2022

To conclude the series, a look at the Tokayev administration’s loyalty to the Kremlin and consideration of whether the country’s civil unrest could re-ignite.