Putin Is Ruling Russia Like a Central Asian Dictator
The Kremlin didn’t invent term limit resets and constitutional referendums. The autocratic leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan blazed the trail.
COVID-19 Heats Up the New Great Game in Central Asia
Washington has a golden opportunity to counter China’s gains.
Why India and Russia Are Going to Stay Friends
Conventional wisdom holds that New Delhi will turn to Washington as it increases competition with Beijing. But Moscow’s importance cannot be ignored.
It’s Not Time to End the Uzbek Cotton Boycott Yet
Companies should not buy Uzbekistan’s cotton until labor protections and responsible sourcing are guaranteed.
For the Taliban, the Pandemic Is a Ladder
The Islamist group is using the coronavirus crisis for propaganda—with potentially dire consequences for those living under its control.
The Pandemic Could Tighten China’s Grip on Eurasia
Despite border closures, Russia and others may be pushed even closer to Beijing.
Central Asian States Can’t Hide the Coronavirus Any Longer
Authoritarian states have been downplaying numbers. That won’t last.
Xinjiang’s Hui Muslims Were Swept Into Camps Alongside Uighurs
Testimonies and eyewitness accounts suggest the mass incarceration of ethnic Hui in China’s northwest.
Behind Pompeo’s Big ‘We Care’ Trip to Ukraine
Hobbled by the impeachment trial, the U.S. secretary of state faces the tricky task of explaining a Trump administration policy that has often looked two-faced.
China’s Surveillance State Has Eyes on Central Asia
Autocrats are handing their citizens’ data to Beijing under so-called smart city programs.
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.
Let a Thousand Mulans Bloom
The upcoming Disney film is already a cultural battleground. But China’s most famous heroine thrives in many tellings.
There Will Be No Peace for Afghanistan
Despite optimistic signs from U.S.-led peace talks in Qatar, Afghanistan’s future looks bleak.
Kazakhstan’s Second-Ever President Can’t Tolerate Protest
Nazarbayev’s successor has an impressive foreign profile but a raft of domestic problems.
Kazakhstan’s Fake Vote Might Wake Up Civil Society
The nominal resignation of a longtime autocrat has sparked new hopes.
Critics Should Stop Declaring Defeat in Afghanistan
The war is not yet over and its outcome is not yet certain.
Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan
The long-time autocrat's shock resignation kicks off an opaque succession process.