Central Asia

Renewed Alliances: A Trans-Caspian “Middle Corridor” Brings Kazakhstan Closer to Turkey

Due to the global preoccupation with Russia's war against Ukraine, the May 10 meeting in Ankara between Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Turkey's President...

The Persecution of Uyghur Intellectual and Cultural Producers: Genocide Through Eliticide

Gulnisa Imin, a Uyghur literature teacher and talented writer, contributed extensively to modern Uyghur poetry within the Chinese state’s narrow limits of censorship. In...

Economics, The Unavoidable Core of Kazakstan Protest

Kazakhstan suffered greatly from the biggest protest since its independence. As I recently returned to Almaty, I saw that everyday life is heading back...

Kazakhstan: Fabric of The East

The violent protests that left dozens killed and hundreds arrested in the Central Asian state of Kazakhstan continue to send ripple effects throughout the...

New Realities in the South Caucasus Double Iran’s Azerbaijan Hysteria

Iran is still finding it difficult to adjust to the new geopolitical realities in the South Caucasus. Almost a year has passed since Azerbaijan...

The Importance of Civil Society in Implementing Political Reforms in Kazakhstan

This year Kazakhstan is marking its 30th anniversary as an independent state. Just three decades ago, a relatively short period of time in historic...

Turkey in Central Asia, It Is Not Just About Schools and Construction

There is an abundance of quite informative analytical articles and scientific papers in Western media concerning the influence of China or Russia in Central...

The Great Game: Tale of a Century

The Great Game is a phrase often attributed to Rudyard Kipling who immortalized it through his classic spy novel Kim. In fact, it was...

Why Kyrgyzstan’s Liberal Traits Are Not to Be Found in Other Central Asian Stans?

The political situation that ensued after the latest parliamentary election in Kyrgyzstan this October took a rather dramatic but not at all untypical for...

Revolution of Hope in Kyrgyzstan: Who Won?

Kyrgyzstan is an impoverished former Soviet Union country, which managed to become the “democratic island” of the Central Asian region. It shares international borders...

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How Korean War Continues to Shape South Korean Politics

The Korean War (1950-53) which marked North Korea's unilateral...

Afghan Sikhs: Their Immediate Challenges and Emotional Dilemma

While at one point in the 1970s the population...

Iran: The Huseyniyyun Brigade and Iran’s Latest Campaign Against Azerbaijan

Iran’s media outlets, clerics, and students from the theological...

Higher Out of Pocket Expenditure: A Concern in India?

Health spending drives over a hundred million people into...

The Indonesia Haze and ASEAN’s Regional Framework: The Way Ahead

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...