Tajikistan

Tajikistan, Uzbekistan make deals with Taliban, but watch border warily

Eurasianet January 15, 2022

A power outage illustrates in stark terms how much leverage Uzbekistan enjoys over its troubled neighbour to the south.

Perspectives | Why Uzbekistan does not fear a ‘Kazakh Winter’

Alisher Khamidov for Eurasianet January 14, 2022

Uzbek insiders think they can avoid Kazakh-style unrest, but they’re not taking any chances.

INTERVIEW: Kazakhstan in crisis

IWPR January 13, 2022

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.

Kremlin-led bloc will crush any attempts at ‘colour revolutions’ says Putin in wake of Kazakhstan unrest

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2022

Russian leader joins Kazakh president in describing violent unrest as work of foreign-backed terrorist groups

Russian troops could be gone within week from Kazakhstan, says Tokayev’s spokesman

bne IntelIiNews January 10, 2022

President steps up purge of security agency amid persistent speculation of clash with Nazarbayev clan.

CSTO comes out of the shadows for the first time

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2022

In Kazakhstan the Russian-dominated military alliance is conducting its first military intervention since its foundation 30 years ago.

DEATH OF THE SOVIET UNION: BOOK REVIEW – Reassessing the causes of the Soviet demise

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 28, 2021

Vladislav Zubok’s book Collapse: the fall of the Soviet Union examines the causes of the breakup of the Soviet Union and challenges the view that the collapse was inevitable.

COMMENT: The West must cut a deal with the Taliban to prevent mass starvation in Afghanistan

Louise Grogan for The Conversation December 7, 2021

The lack of food security in Afghanistan may soon become a threat to the stability of many other countries.

Tajikistan press-gangs an army to defend long Afghan border

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet December 3, 2021

The conscripts, generally Tajikistan’s poorest young men, are brutalised into service. And they are the country’s first line of defence.

EU challenges China’s Belt and Road with €300bn Global Gateway

bne IntelIiNews December 2, 2021

Bloc’s giant investment offer may appeal to countries worried by Chinese “debt-trap diplomacy”. Beijing warns against geopoliticising infrastructure.

Uzbekistan: People no longer in the dark about power shortages

Eurasianet November 12, 2021

Until now, officials had been silent about ongoing power cuts, even calling them a thing of the past.

Norwegian Refugee Council calls on world to help Iran deal with hundreds of thousands of fled Afghans

bne IntelIiNews November 10, 2021

Ahead of harsh winter, 4,000 to 5,000 people from Afghanistan are crossing Iranian border daily says humanitarian NGO.

bneGreen: Development banks ADB, EBRD, EDB up the ante at COP26

Theo Normanton in Moscow November 10, 2021

The UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow has seen development banks from around the world come together to outline their contributions to a low-carbon future. Robust financial infrastructure is key to a just and efficient transition.

‘Expect less water next year,’ Kyrgyzstan warns downstream neighbours

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet November 10, 2021

Relations between upstream and downstream Central Asian countries can be tense. This won’t help.

Perspectives | Islamic State using China to vilify Taliban

Lucas Webber for Eurasianet November 8, 2021

Since the Taliban took Kabul, Islamic State sympathisers across South Asia have increased attacks on the movement over its ties to China.

Tajik labour migration to Russia hits historic high, officially

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet November 4, 2021

More than a fifth of Tajikistan’s total population has entered Russia so far this year.

Event | Russia looks to Taliban to contain Islamic State in Afghanistan

Eurasianet October 28, 2021

Moscow seems willing to tolerate Taliban rights abuses, if the movement can get the job done.

Tajikistan approves Chinese plan to construct security base near Afghan border

Kanat Shaku in Almaty October 28, 2021

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.

UK ‘tells trapped Afghan interpreters to escape on their own’

bne IntelIiNews October 20, 2021

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”.

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