Kazakhstan’s domestic unrest: a new age of instability?

Kazakhstan’s recent wave of protests are different and signal that the government must draw up a new social contract with […]

What does the arrest of Patrick George Zaky tell us about the state of academic freedom around the world?

The article appeared first in Security Praxis, 14 February 2020. Nearly four years after the brutal murder of Giulio Regeni, a […]

Governance and development in Central Asia: challenges and opportunities

Knightly, University of Exeter 22 November, 2019 9am. Arrival /Coffee 9.15am. Welcome to Exeter / Introductions – Professor John Heathershaw […]

A global approach to corruption and anti-corruption

Flip the script: stop seeing corruption as a problem affecting exclusively, or mostly, developing countries, and instead recognise and investigate […]

Anti-Corruption Evidence project: report from the inaugural workshop

October 9 saw our GI-ACE project’s first workshop, held in the illustrious surroundings of Oxford’s Martin School. The workshop gathered […]

Brexit’s Irish irreconcilable: lessons from (post-)Soviet nationalisms

In the latest in a series’ of blogs, John Heathershaw seeks to draw lessons from the Former Soviet Union for […]

A conversation with Khayrullo Mirsaidov: on becoming a political exile

Last year the story of Khayrullo Mirsaidov broke the Central Asian online news media. The social media campaign #FreeKhayrullo, initiated […]

Extradition in disguise: the ‘deportation’ and refoulement of Central Asian political exiles from Russia

Photo © Foreign Policy Centre As his lawyer Roza Magomedova notes, it is becoming a common practice of the Russian […]

A Crisis of Legitimacy

On the tenth anniversary of the publication of his book Post-conflict Tajikistan: the politics of peacebuilding and the emergence of […]

ESCAS 2019: thank you!

Dear colleagues, Thank you to everyone who participated in the European Society for Central Asian Studies 2019 conference at the […]

A reflection on the ESCAS conference

The 16th Biennial European Society for Central Asian Studies Conference was a vibrant and sparkling collation of people, ideas and […]

ESCAS Statement of concern over the indictment and imprisonment of Professor Andrei V. Kubatin, Institute of Oriental Studies, Tashkent

10 June, 2019 The European Society for Central Asian Studies expresses its deep concern over the indictment and continued imprisonment, […]