CAUCASUS BLOG : What can Biden offer the Caucasus and Stans, all but forgotten about by Trump?

bne IntelIiNews January 19, 2021

Unlike his predecessor, new US president will at least take an interest in issues such as Georgia's deep divisions, organised crime in the Kyrgyz government and Nagorno-Karabakh. But his in-tray is rather full with other pressing matters.

LONG READ: The oligarch problem

Ben Aris in Berlin January 17, 2021

Andrew Meier had a good joke about the problems post-Soviet countries face with their oligarchs: "What is to be done with those who are to blame."

Central Asia vaccination plans underwhelm, but governments look unruffled

Eurasianet January 15, 2021

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan are taking triumphalist stances on coronavirus.

COMMENT: Uzbekistan is being transformed, but where are the democratic reforms?

Fred Harrison in London January 6, 2021

In his two and half hour end of year address to the Uzbek parliament, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev used the word “reform” 34 times, but only mentioned democratic reforms three times. The need for political reform is the elephant in the room.

OUTLOOK 2021 Uzbekistan

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent & Will Conroy in Prague January 5, 2021

Coronavirus-afflicted 2020 came as a cruel blow to a country that was winning plaudits for progress in transforming to a market economy. Tashkent hopes to quickly get fully back on track.