Eurasia / Features

Uzbekistan after the storm

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent July 31, 2021

A V-shaped recovery will support incomes and job creation, and resolve any lingering impact in the banking sector, says Uzbekistan's Deputy Finance Minister Odilbek Isakov.

Climate change is shortening Central Asia’s growing season – study

Eurasianet July 27, 2021

It’s bad news for plans to expand farming, but even worse for herders.

Azerbaijan’s top cleric under fire for pro-Iran remarks

Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet July 27, 2021

The remarks earned the country’s senior Islamic official a rebuke from a senior adviser to Turkey’s president and a smear campaign in Azerbaijani pro-government media.

INTERVIEW: Making privatisation work in Uzbekistan

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent July 23, 2021

Despite the pandemic conditions Uzbekistan accelerated its privatisation drive this spring. The head of the State Assets Management Agency Akmalkhon Ortikov explains how.

Azerbaijani government silent on phone spying revelations

Heydar Isayev for Eurasianet July 22, 2021

The list of journalists and activists reportedly spied on using the Israeli-made Pegasus software continues to grow. But Baku is keeping quiet.

bneGREEN: Drought causes mass livestock die-offs and irrigation water shortages in Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews July 15, 2021

Studies detect shifts in precipitation patterns in the Tian Shan mountains that supply region with much of its freshwater.

Villagers in shadow of Kyrgyzstan dam incensed by Uzbekistan deal

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet July 12, 2021

The land transfer has fuelled anger and rumours about Kyrgyzstan’s new populist leadership.

Kremlin holds Afghan peace talks with Taliban in Moscow

Ben Aris in Berlin July 12, 2021

The delegation of top fighters turned up saying the Taliban already controls most of Afghanistan.

What does the Taliban’s ascendancy mean for Tajikistan?

Kamila Ibragimova a pseudonym for a journalist in Tajikistan July 10, 2021

Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan has fallen almost completely – if not fully – under Taliban control. How and when did this happen?

bneGREEN: What is green?

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Defining green energy and indeed green investments is not an exact science, Determining just how green each of the various energy sources are gets complicated once you start digging into the details.

Coronavirus cancellation of Mongolia's Naadam deals harsh blow

Antonio Graceffo & Dandar Jamsran in Ulaanbaatar July 5, 2021

Mongolia's most important annual festival, Naadam, has been held every year for the past 800 years, but it has been laid low by the coronavirus pandemic for the second year in a row. Naadam was cancelled on July 2.

A bumpy road towards relevance for Kazakhstan's AIFC stock market

Kanat Shaku in Almaty July 5, 2021

Three years ago, Central Asia’s largest economy launched a new financial centre, complete with a bourse that runs on a Nasdaq trading platform. So how’s it faring? The jury is still very much out.

Coronavirus vaccine tourism from Iran to Armenia explodes

Daniel Rad in Dublin July 5, 2021

Armenia has seen a marked increase in Iranians crossing the border of the country to get vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) in recent weeks, Tik reported on July 4.

Almaty nonchalant over earthquake fears

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet June 30, 2021

As Kazakhstan awaits the Big One, its seismologists are underfunded while ever-taller buildings rise in the earthquake-prone commercial capital.

Uzbekistan has built up some growth momentum despite a tough year

Ben Aris in Berlin June 28, 2021

The Uzbek economy has three key things going for it: it has growth; it has a young and growing population, and it has money. Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev launched a comprehensive reform programme in 2017 that is now starting to bear fruit.

Tajikistan: COVID-19 crisis escalates, forcing government to drop denials

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet June 24, 2021

China has delivered 300,000 doses of vaccine, but will the public want them?

DATACRUNCH: Central banks hike rates in the fight against inflation

Ben Aris in Berlin June 22, 2021

The economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are bouncing back from the pandemic recession but this will also stimulate inflation, posing a dilemma for central banks.

Armenia's Pashinyan wins re-election in landslide

Joshua Kucera & Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet June 21, 2021

The elections were a unique event in post-Soviet Armenian history, as the results were not a foregone conclusion. The incumbent won an unexpectedly large mandate to stay in power.

Armenia's Pashinyan holds last major pre-election rally

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 18, 2021

Politician made PM after bloodless street revolution urges voters to deliver a “steel revolution”. Defeat could mean him facing inquiry over his handling of last year’s war with Azerbaijan.

Late analysis suggests Pashinian to triumph in Armenia's June 20 election

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 18, 2021

Main rival Kocharyan’s support has risen on his aggressive approach to national security, but as an “old regime” figure he struggles with a high unpopularity rating.

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