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

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Success in delivering Turkmenistan methane crackdown would be big moment for COP28

November 28, 2023

US and global institutions have been lobbying the “super-emitter” all year long. The moment of truth will arrive at the summit.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Sanctions hit the Kazakh cat bowl

October 16, 2023

Premium pet foods that used to arrive via Russia have vanished from shelves. Feline patience with the human kind could be running out.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: How many of the Russians who fled Putin’s war machine for Kazakhstan stayed there?

September 9, 2023

Issue a sensitive one for the Kremlin and Central Asian country’s Tokayev administration.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Turkmenistan, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world for methane emissions

March 29, 2023

Armed with evidence of “super-emitter” sites gathered by “satellite detectives”, climate change scientists will hope to persuade the Turkmens that measures to fix the leaks will pay for themselves.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Taliban’s lousy power deals exposed as Uzbekistan pulls plug in deadly cold

February 3, 2023

Partly thanks to infrastructure projects blown up by the militants while they were trying to turf out the US, Afghanistan is dependent on neighbours for 73% of its electricity.