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PONARS Eurasia 19 Mar 2017
The presidential succession in Uzbekistan following the death of Islam Karimov in September 2016 has rejuvenated discussion about the nature and future of Central Asia’s political regimes. Uzbekistan’s new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has forged new relations with neighboring Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and implemented some noticeable (though minor) changes in economic policy. In January 2017, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev suddenly...
PONARS Eurasia 30 Aug 2016
(NBC) The authoritarian leader of Uzbekistan has suffered a stroke, his family said, stoking fears of a power vacuum and possible influx of radical Islamists in the impoverished Central Asian country. Reports about septuagenarian President Islam Karimov's health issues have been floating around for years, but always came from opposition sites based out of Uzbekistan and were refuted by officials. Karimov's daughter gave an update on Monday,...
PONARS Eurasia 13 Apr 2016
(Lawyer Herald) Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Temir Sariyev resigned Monday amid allegations of corruption involving a road construction project in ex-Soviet nation. President Almazbek Atanbayev quickly accepted the PMs resignation. PM Sariyev decided to step down after serving the office for less than a year to "preserve stability in the country." Sariyev is currently facing allegations of corruptions where he allegedly personally...
PONARS Eurasia 08 Jun 2015
(Eurasianet) For years, Kyrgyz herders from Osh’s hilly outskirts would come down to Ozoda Salieva’s house and take her cow and several sheep, and, for a small fee, fatten them up in a summer pasture. Salieva, a 73-year-old pensioner, says it was a long-standing tradition. But in the early summer of 2011, when herders came to her house, Salieva’s family told them to go away. Clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks – Kyrgyzstan...
Shairbek Juraev 15 Jan 2014
This is a brief note on the mayoral elections in Bishkek and Osh. Both cities now have new mayors. Replaced were Bishkek’s hugely unpopular Isa Omurkukov and Osh’s enormously problematic Melis Myrzakmatov. Mayoral seats have never been much contested at the voting stage in the past. Elections often reflected decisions already taken by the country’s key executives. This time expectations were different. To begin with, Osh’s former...
Shairbek Juraev 16 Sep 2013
The 2013 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization once again revealed the member-states do a better job at developing a common rhetoric on international politics than agreeing amongst themelsves on concrete development-oriented initiatives. The thirteenth summit of the SCO, hosted on September “Friday the 13th“in Bishkek, gathered leaders of all six member-states as well as the presidents of Afghanistan, Iran, and Mongolia, along with...
In a speech at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan on September 5, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined his vision of a “Silk Road economic belt” that would further integrate Central Asia and China through expanded flows of trade and investment, and enhanced infrastructure links. Although Chinese leaders have sought greater economic integration with Central Asia for more than two decades, China has become an increasingly important...
Shairbek Juraev 06 Aug 2013
On August 1, Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon paid a quick visit to Moscow to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Commentators agree the visit is essentially linked to the expected presidential elections in Tajikistan in November, as Rakhmon needs to ensure full support for himself in Moscow. Russian-Tajik relations remain fairly complicated. Some key unresolved issues that have dominated the bilateral agenda for past years include...

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