Central Asia

Visitors check out 5G smart city technology at the China Mobile booth

China’s Surveillance State Has Eyes on Central Asia

Autocrats are handing their citizens’ data to Beijing under so-called smart city programs.

Uighur men make their way past a subway entrance after marking the end of Ramadan at the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region early on June 5.

U.S. Terrorism Policy Paved the Way for China’s Repression

U.S.-favored policies in Central Asia must be rolled back to help save the Uighur people.

Liu Yifei  in Disney’s live-action Mulan.

Let a Thousand Mulans Bloom

The upcoming Disney film is already a cultural battleground. But China’s most famous heroine thrives in many tellings.

Taliban fighters and local residents celebrate the ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16,2018.

There Will Be No Peace for Afghanistan

Despite optimistic signs from U.S.-led peace talks in Qatar, Afghanistan’s future looks bleak.

Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks to the media during a press conference at Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan on June 10, 2019.

Kazakhstan’s Second-Ever President Can’t Tolerate Protest

Nazarbayev’s successor has an impressive foreign profile but a raft of domestic problems.

Women walk past a campaign billboard for Kazakh President and presidential candidate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in Nur-Sultan on June 7 ahead of Kazakhstan's presidential elections.

Kazakhstan’s Fake Vote Might Wake Up Civil Society

The nominal resignation of a longtime autocrat has sparked new hopes.

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 7, 2018. (Greg Baker-Pool/Getty Images)

Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan

The long-time autocrat's shock resignation kicks off an opaque succession process.

Uali Islam shows photos of his wife Sairagul Sawytbai at his house in Baidibek village, Kazakhstan.  (Izturgan Aldauev/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Central Asia Struggles With Fallout From China’s Internment of Minorities

Kazakh case draws attention to plight of hundreds of thousands detained in Xinjiang

Football fans from Uzbekistan celebrate near Red Square on June 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Uzbekistan’s New Era Might Just Be Real

Long-needed reforms are changing what was once a grim autocracy. Washington can help.

Sayfullo Saipov, the suspected driver who killed eight people in New York on Oct. 31. (St. Charles County Dept. of Corr/AFP/Getty Images)

For Uzbeks, Radicalization Often Begins Abroad

The Islamic State has ramped up its Russian-language recruitment.

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Scenes From Central Asia’s Forever War

In Kyrgyzstan’s Fergana Valley, ethnic strife, corruption, and poverty collide in the country’s ongoing fight against extremism.

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Uzbekistan Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Projects, Advocates Say

A new report from Human Rights Watch and Uzbek activists alleges the continued use of forced and child labor in harvesting the Central Asian country’s cotton crop.

The site of the Astana Expo 2017 on its second day of opening, June 11, 2017. The skyline is dominated by the vast Kazakhstan Pavilion.

Kazakhstan Spent $5 Billion on a Death Star and It Doesn’t Even Shoot Lasers

The Central Asian country built a futuristic city to host the World's Fair and polish its own brand. One small problem: it forgot to invite guests.

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Screw Brad Pitt and the ‘War Machine’ He Rode in On

The Stanley McChrystal — and the war in Afghanistan — I knew is not at all like what you’ll see on Netflix.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while standing with the U.S. Air Force Falcons football team before presenting them with the Commander-in-Chief trophy, in the Rose Garden at the White House, on May 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

What’s the Point of Donald Trump’s Afghan Surge?

And four other questions the President's team needs to answer before expanding America’s longest war.

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What We Know and Don’t Know About the St. Petersburg Metro Bomber

Important details begin to emerge about the 22-year-old suicide bomber.

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New Russian-Language Channel Seeks to Counter Kremlin Spin

Moscow has had a monopoly on Russian-language media — until now.

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