Central Asia

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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Central Asia’s Autocrats Welcome the Age of Trump

The Trump administration’s narrow focus on fighting the Islamic State could see human rights take a back seat as Washington embraces unsavory allies.

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In First Vote Since Autocrat’s Death, Uzbekistan’s New President Inherits Looming Economic Crisis

For the first time in 25 years, Uzbekistan has a new president -- and he's left fixing a host of economic and political problems.

MARGATE, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  Brian McGuinn holds hands with his wife Anne McGuinn, wearing her 1.5-carat diamond engagement ring on November 11, 2011 in Margate, Florida. Brian says that after realizing he had inadvertantly thrown the ring into the trash October 30, he went to the local waste disposal site the next day where he faced a mountain of rotting garbage. He says he managed to somehow find his trash bag in the mound where he said "it was absolutely disgusting. It stunk beyond belief."  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

This Uzbek Mayor Is Publishing Names of Divorced Couples to Embarrass Them

This Uzbek mayor is threatening to publish names of couples who seek divorce.

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Can Uzbekistan’s New Leader Balance China, Russia, and the U.S.?

Interim President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's most challenging task is navigating Uzbekistan’s complex, and often turbulent, foreign relations.

CHOLPON-ATA, KYRGYZSTAN - SEPTEMBER 4, 2016: Hollywood actor Steven Seagal (R) and people in traditional dress in a specially built village setting, Kyrchin, at the 2016 World Nomad Games. Viktor Drachev/TASS (Photo by Viktor DrachevTASS via Getty Images)

Hawk Hunting, Goat Carcass Chasing, and Steven Seagal at World Nomad Games, in Photos

Goat carcasses, hawk hunting, bone throwing, and Steven Seagal: The World Nomad Games in photos.

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Where the War on Terror Lives Forever

Uzbekistan’s dictator is dead, but his brutal efforts to crush Islamist extremism leave a long and ugly legacy. And Washington will be left cleaning up the mess.

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Uzbekistan’s Dictator Confirmed Dead

Rumor and speculation have surrounded the fate of the Uzbek leader -- who has ruled the country with an iron-fist for over 25 years -- since the initial reports that he was hospitalized on Sunday.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov gestures after greeting US Secretary of State John Kerry at Samarkand Airport on November 1, 2015 in Samarkand. Kerry is in the region as he visits 5 Central Asian nations. AFP PHOTO/POOL/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read )

Islam Karimov and the Dictator’s Playbook

The tyrant of Uzbekistan assassinated his enemies, jailed anyone who spoke against him, and crushed human rights. Why did America so willingly look the other way?

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