Eurasia / Features

Uzbekistan grapples with urgent climate change problems

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent August 12, 2021

Uzbekistan is already the site of the world’s worst man-made catastrophe, and things will only get worse as temperatures rise. bne IntelliNews looks at Tashkent's efforts to adapt to climate change.

Uzbekistan’s energy sector overhaul

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent August 11, 2021

An expected increase in energy demand and the need to cut emissions have prompted Tashkent to draw up plans to overhaul existing infrastructure, raise efficiency and encourage investment into renewables.

Azerbaijan’s 'foreign' Olympic team frustrates fans

Heydar Isayev for Eurasianet August 11, 2021

Sports commentators are questioning the wisdom of hiring foreign players to compete for the Azerbaijani flag.

Kazakhstan suffers from acute shortage of doctors

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet August 10, 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak has compounded a problem caused by low salaries.

Hardline cleric Raisi sworn in as Iran’s president

bne IntelIiNews August 5, 2021

Guest list and inauguration speech indicate Tehran will make serious move to negotiate reinstatement of 2015 nuclear deal. First presidential in-tray will be weighed down by multiple unresolved crises.

Georgia’s Western honeymoon – coming to an end?

Neil Hauer in Tbilisi August 4, 2021

For the Georgian Dream government, its failure to respond to far-right mobs hunting LGBTQ activists and beating journalists was a PR disaster. Critics say it’s time for US and EU to wake up to its shift towards illiberalism.

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.