BISHKEK (TCA) — The foreign ministers of Central Asia countries said they had agreed to increase cooperation against international terrorism and religious extremism after a meeting in the Kyrgyz resort city of Cholpon-Ata held on July 20-22.
AKIPRESS.COM - President Emomali Rahmon will visit Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan this August, the Tajik president's press service said.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned prominent Tajik journalist Hairullo Mirsaidov's financial-crimes conviction and 12-year prison sentence.
Trend: Tajikistan after the opening of the border with Uzbekistan is at the crossroads: either the country gradually begins to shift to the export-oriented economy and will develop in the right direction, or remains dependent on remittances, which carries great risks for further development,the Permanent Representative of the World Bank in Tajikistan Jan-Peter Olters said.
Religion plays a huge role for both people and the governments. Religion has determined and still determines the course of development for many countries to this day. There are mono-religious states, such as the Vatican, the Persian Gulf countries, and there are multi-religious states. We also know that at some point in history these states fought for the most prioritized way of development, which ended as a rule, with wars.
According to a recent study by a leading U.S. government oversight body, 17 years of U.S. counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan have yielded “negligible” results. Despite the United States spending nearly $8.6 billion to curb the production and sale of poppies since 2001, poppy cultivation hit an all-time high in 2017, with the trend showing few signs of slowing.
In Central Asia, where 10 million people are estimated to be on the move, the phenomenon of out-migration for work is felt most prominently in rural areas. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, civil wars, and the subsequent decline in job opportunities, men are moving on from the farms they traditionally managed. Increasingly, women are being put in charge.
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to bid for non-permanent UN SC seat, following successful run by Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan intend to bid for non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council, countries’ representatives announced during the SCO Summit in Qindao, China, according to the report by the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure.
... Beijing's infrastructure projects in Central Asia make some in the bloc uncomfortable — particularly India, which alone among members has refused to endorse the program. Russia, too, is wary of China's expanding influence, and though it has somewhat reluctantly embraced the Belt and Road, it is also seeking to expand its own economic and political leverage in the region through a customs union it dominates known as the Eurasian Economic Union.
Although some western media outlets often criticize the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as unproductive, the Chinese government sees it as an important platform to deepen regional trade cooperation and maintains financial support to the SCO.