Restive region has seen series of protests since death in custody of activist arrested as kidnapping suspect. No evidence of terrorists in midst of protesters has been presented by authorities.
Allies step up defence cooperation as security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates. Iranians have rapidly become a big regional drone power.
In front of Putin in Moscow, Belarusian dictator addresses counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.
The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.
Transkapitalbank has requested the US Treasury let it continue to operate in Central Asia.
Kyrgyzstan had hoped its own acquisition of the same drones last year would give it a strategic edge over Tajikistan.
Dushanbe is dependent on Russia and indebted to China. Will the IMF come to the rescue?
Chinese investors often get generous tax breaks in the country.
To the West, Russia is once more viewed as an international pariah. For a viable economic path, Moscow must look east and south across Asia. Afghanistan as well as Central Asia could be crucial to its plans.
Russia used the meeting in China to emphasise its importance in Central Asia.
Foreign Minister Lavrov says plans of Islamic State and build-up of detachments of Jamaat Ansarullah and Islamic Movement Uzbekistan around Afghan-Tajik and Afghan-Uzbek borders “are an alarming sign”.
Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.
ISKP is reaching out to minorities in Afghanistan and their ethnic cousins in post-Soviet Central Asia.
US think tank says Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in particular risk infiltration by ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
Currencies of remittance-dependent Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan also under heavy pressure.
Uzbekistan issued a clarification to underline its neutral position over the war in Ukraine.
Tehran does, however, say the war is not a solution, while Kazakhstan’s foreign minister remarks that recognising breakaway parts of Ukraine is not on the agenda.
Dushanbe says the volume of illegal narcotics it interdicted in 2021 increased by 69% year-on-year.