A power outage illustrates in stark terms how much leverage Uzbekistan enjoys over its troubled neighbour to the south.
Uzbek insiders think they can avoid Kazakh-style unrest, but they’re not taking any chances.
With Kazakhstan experiencing its worst unrest in three decades of independence, Abakhon Sultonnazarov, Central Asia director of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), assesses latest developments and wider implications of the crisis.
Russian leader joins Kazakh president in describing violent unrest as work of foreign-backed terrorist groups
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In Kazakhstan the Russian-dominated military alliance is conducting its first military intervention since its foundation 30 years ago.
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The lack of food security in Afghanistan may soon become a threat to the stability of many other countries.
The conscripts, generally Tajikistan’s poorest young men, are brutalised into service. And they are the country’s first line of defence.
Bloc’s giant investment offer may appeal to countries worried by Chinese “debt-trap diplomacy”. Beijing warns against geopoliticising infrastructure.
Until now, officials had been silent about ongoing power cuts, even calling them a thing of the past.
Ahead of harsh winter, 4,000 to 5,000 people from Afghanistan are crossing Iranian border daily says humanitarian NGO.
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Relations between upstream and downstream Central Asian countries can be tense. This won’t help.
Since the Taliban took Kabul, Islamic State sympathisers across South Asia have increased attacks on the movement over its ties to China.
More than a fifth of Tajikistan’s total population has entered Russia so far this year.
Moscow seems willing to tolerate Taliban rights abuses, if the movement can get the job done.
Dushanbe reportedly has also offered to transfer full control of existing, unacknowledged, base to Beijing. Chinese worried Afghanistan situation could benefit separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement.
Advice reportedly seen in emails tells former employees who served British armed forces to “actively consider evacuating to a third country”. Former UK government aid programme manager calls situation “morally indefensible”.