Op-Ed: Will an Ascendant Uzbekistan Challenge Kazakhstan’s Leadership in Central Asia?
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Op-Ed: Will an Ascendant Uzbekistan Challenge Kazakhstan’s Leadership in Central Asia?

U.S. President Donald Trump met with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on 16 May, an important breakthrough after the isolationism of the Karimov regime. What is noteworthy about the meeting is that President Mirziyoyev is the second Central Asian leader that President Trump has met so far this year, after a meeting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan which took place in January.

5-06-2018, 10:08
Op-Ed: How Kyrgyzstan became a pawn in China's game
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Op-Ed: How Kyrgyzstan became a pawn in China's game

Kyrgyzstan, in the near future, will become a part of the new Eurasian railway route. The intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the road "China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan" will be signed this summer. On April 20th, the responsible parties will meet to discuss the details of the project, which, because of its ambiguity, has already been named the "road of contradictions".

5-05-2018, 13:48
Op-Ed: Amongst 6 million Kyrgyz, there was no one more useful than Farid Niyazov?
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Op-Ed: Amongst 6 million Kyrgyz, there was no one more useful than Farid Niyazov?

If Niyazov stays in his current post, this can damage the interethnic accord, both in Kyrgyzstan and in the region. After all, it is Niyazov who proposed the virulent ideas of the “attack” on the neighbors, which was voiced in the last months of presidency of “not quite adequate” Almazbek Atambayev. The new president had to apologize for Atambayev, while Niyazov continues to walk with his head up high.

5-02-2018, 14:56
Ex-president Atambayev’s “right hand” PM Isakov complicit in numerous corruption deals
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Ex-president Atambayev’s “right hand” PM Isakov complicit in numerous corruption deals

According to Isakov’s tax declarations up to 2015, he hadn’t even had a tent not to mention having any real estate. Yet, his close relatives were in a completely different situation. Despite Isakov’s modest income, his relatives own impressive assets such as luxurious apartments in the center of Bishkek, high-end expensive vehicles, as well as prestigious plots in the capital. Here’s a quote from an article published by the Kyrgyz online news outlet Kactus: "... at the same time, Isakov’s close relative purchases a car, Lexus RX 450h, which was worth around 80,000 dollars.”

Op-ed: Who is backing the idea of instability in Central Asia
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Op-ed: Who is backing the idea of instability in Central Asia

With Edwards relocating to Central Asia experts warn of inevitable instability in Kyrgyzstan. This would benefit the US and hinder China's economic expansion to the east. What’s more, this move infuriates Russia, which does not need a hotbed of instability at its southern borders. After all, there is no guarantee that the flames of unrest would not spread from Kyrgyzstan to the neighboring countries.

Op-ed: Kazakhstan’s chosen path and intentions
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Op-ed: Kazakhstan’s chosen path and intentions

"Our state does not claim to be a great power, like the United States or Russia," Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev said in one of his speeches. "But we, as much as possible, we want to influence the course of events in the world, to mediate conflicts, to reconcile the parties, and we put forward initiatives for regional integration that allow us to preserve peace and provide opportunities for peaceful development.

Op-Ed: Dream Bigger: Building the Middle-Class in Central Asia
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Op-Ed: Dream Bigger: Building the Middle-Class in Central Asia

In Kazakhstan, extreme poverty has been virtually eradicated, while the middle-class has grown to around 20% of the population. The Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have managed to halve their rates of poverty over the past decade and are continuing to make progress. In Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, poverty is now mostly a rural phenomenon. These hard-earned success stories are a testament to what can be accomplished when the benefits of economic growth are shared more broadly across society.