Uzbekistan: The Tashkent Spring Experiences a Frost

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in mid-September, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev outlined a democratic vision for Uzbekistan. Just over […]

Debating Turkmenistan’s ‘Economic Crisis’

A Response to Ronald Watson

A Response to Ronald Watson At the end of 2016, we published a series of three articles on Turkmenistan’s economic […]

An Open Letter to the ICG from 23 scholars of Islam and Politics in Central Asia

An Open Letter Concerning the International Crisis Group’s Reporting of Islamic Radicalization in Central Asia On October 3, 2016, the […]

Inside Turkmenistan’s Economic Crisis – Part 3

Part 3: Berdymukhammedov on the brink Turkmenistan’s economic crisis is a product of a personalised and authoritarian regime.  To return […]

Inside Turkmenistan’s Economic Crisis – Part 2

Part 2: Gas, dependency, and debt Turkmenistan’s shift from Russia to China as its leading customer has not reduced dependency […]

Inside Turkmenistan’s Economic Crisis – Part 1

Part 1: Running Out of Cash Let us start with the vital element in the economy — the currency. According […]

Inside Turkmenistan’s Economic Crisis – Introduction

By Ronald Watson

Editor’s introduction by John Heathershaw Turkmenistan is the least-well studied and perhaps most-poorly understood of the Central Asian republics.  We […]

Is there a Rahmon family feud over Tajikistan’s aluminium company and its offshore schemes?

An odd story is emerging from Tajikistan with regard to the infamous aluminium company (Talco) and its offshore dealings. On […]

With Uzbekistan’s dictator dead, Russia seeks to extend its influence

This article originally appeared at The Conversation on September 9 and got 30,000 reads in the first few days. The death of […]

After 25 years of independence, Tajikistan is a bastion of torture and repression

By John Heathershaw and Edward Lemon This article first appeared at The Conversation As Tajikistan marks 25 years since its independence […]

For Karimov, the personal was always political

Alexander Cooley & John Heathershaw The death of Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s president, marks the end of one of the world’s […]

Statement by the Representatives of Tajikistan’s Civil Society about the Status of Political Prisoners

Until 2015, the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRPT) formed the leading legal opposition movement in Tajikistan, holding two seats in the Supreme […]