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.
Central Asian States Can’t Hide the Coronavirus Any Longer
Authoritarian states have been downplaying numbers. That won’t last.
Demise of the Petrostates
The oil price crash is an existential threat to petrostates from Nigeria to Iran, where governments rely on oil wealth to stabilize power and pay off competing interests.
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.
A Family Stranded by China’s Camps
Repression in Xinjiang leaves tens of thousands of children without parents.
Kazakhstan’s Second-Ever President Can’t Tolerate Protest
Nazarbayev’s successor has an impressive foreign profile but a raft of domestic problems.
Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement
Russia and Kazakhstan have plenty in common. Why not the transition plans for their longtime presidents?
Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan
The long-time autocrat's shock resignation kicks off an opaque succession process.
Kazakhs Won’t Be Silenced on China’s Internment Camps
Activists are speaking out for those imprisoned in Xinjiang—even if their own government doesn’t like it.
Detainees Are Trickling Out of Xinjiang’s Camps
House arrest or forced labor awaits most of those released so far in what may be a public relations ploy.
Central Asia Struggles With Fallout From China’s Internment of Minorities
Kazakh case draws attention to plight of hundreds of thousands detained in Xinjiang
China’s Global Dreams Give Its Neighbors Nightmares
From Russia to Central Asia, Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative triggers bad memories of Chinese imperialism.
A New Round of Syria Talks Start in Astana
The trick this time will be to secure a ceasefire for Idlib province.
‘Our Future Will Be Violent Extremism’
Kazakhstan — Central Asia’s most stable state — is waking up to the fact that Islamic extremism has planted its roots and is here to stay.
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.