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

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Hope and darkness in Nazarbayev’s Kazakhstan

March 20, 2019

The last three decades have been a remarkable but flawed exercise in nation building.

CAUCASUS BLOG: But Mr Pashinian, Putin may not want the new “ancient Greece” on his doorstep…

August 17, 2018

The ‘People’s PM’ is treading a fine line following Armenia’s spring revolution.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Critics remain sceptical that serial humans rights abuser Uzbekistan has really reformed

July 17, 2017

Foreign media and watchdogs are being allowed back into the country, and some broken dissidents have been released, but there is little real change on the ground.

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.