Not In Our Name: multiple causes for reflection

A new documentary by RFE/RL provides an opportunity to reflect on the complexities of the recruitment of Central Asians to […]

Tajikistan: No Freedom beyond this point?

    Saipira Furstenberg and John Heathershaw offer reflections on their visit to the OSCE (HDIM) meeting in Warsaw, 2018.   […]

Rich Russians, ‘Vory’ and Moneyland: Schimpfössl, Helmer, Galeotti and Bullough speak at Exeter in 2018/19

At two events in the 2018/19 academic year we welcome four leading authors and commentators on transnational business and organised […]

State Transformation and Authoritarian Governance: The Emergence of Participatory Authoritarianism?

This article first appeared on the Foreign Policy Centre website: fpc.org.uk/state-transformation-and-authoritarian-governance-the-emergence-of-participatory-authoritarianism It is commonly assumed that authoritarian governments do not wish […]

2018 Central Eurasian Studies Society Book Award shortlists

History and the Humanities Campbell, Ian W. 2017. Knowledge and the Ends of Empire: Kazak Intermediaries and Russian Rule on […]

Resilience and Repression of Political Islam in Central Asia: Muhiddin Kabiri at Chatham House

On the 20th June 2018, the Exeter Central Asian Studies network were delighted to be joined by Muhiddin Kabiri at […]

Kyrgyzstan’s struggle for freedom of expression

In Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan has long been considered as the ‘island of democracy’.  In fact it’s the only country in […]

The Skripal attack and the post-Soviet practice of extraterritorial security

by John Heathershaw and David Lewis

Traditional methods of national security fail to address “extraterritorial security” and the context of global authoritarianism and kleptocracy in which […]

Uzbekistan Makes Up With Tajikistan Over Electricity

By Paolo Sorbello

For over two decades, the Uzbek-Tajik relationship has been marred by tension, but a recent bilateral visit may mark a […]

Tajikistan’s Repression Beyond Borders: the case of Namunjon Sharipov

By Ayesha Kenan, Nathan Sutton and Saipira Furstenberg

On the 20th of February, Namunjon Sharipov, a senior leader of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) was forcefully […]

Academic freedom in Tajikistan: critical engagement and solidarity

By John Heathershaw and Ed Schatz

If academic solidarity and forms of critical engagement with Tajikistan are going to emerge, we must first recognise the primary […]

Russia’s shift south

By David Lewis

As relations with the West soured during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s third term, Russia launched a ‘pivot to the East’, […]