PHD student arrested, held incommunicado: Alex Sodiqov

Tajikistani national Alexander Sodiqov, who has permanent residency in Canada, was arrested on 16 June in eastern Tajikistan while conducting academic […]

Camelflage — Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and James Fabiani Hide Expensive Washington Lobbying Secrets

This is a re-post. The original article can be found here. Not every despotic and corrupt ruler of a former […]

Kyrgyzstan – the Forgotten Football Federation

This is a re-post. The original article was published on 20 October 2013 on the Futbolgrad website. On Tuesday 15th […]

Hidden Central Asia, Offshore Finance and Transnational Corruption

US airbase, Manas, Kyrgyzstan The original version of this article can be found in Perspectives on Central Asia, a quarterly […]

Myth or Reality? Tajik Fighters in Syria

During the conflict in the Rasht Valley between 2009 and 2011, the Tajik government frequently voiced concerns over the infiltration […]

Quoting Marx in a Tajik University: Producing Docile Bodies

The Soviet Union may be dead, but Marx retains his grip on Tajik academia.  His thinking still pervades the teaching […]

Thieves of Honour

A friend of mine, Kent Mathieson, has written a novel.  I have yet to read it (but will do this […]

Xi Jinping, Central Asia and Russia: Misguided Speculation over a New ‘Great Game’

Originally posted at: FutureForeignPolicy.com blog. Much attention has been paid to a series of visits undertaken by the new Chinese President […]

What does a female presidential candidate in Tajikistan tell us about gender equality?

The choice of Oinhol Bobonazarova, a lawyer and long-standing human rights campaigner, as the principal candidate of the opposition in […]

What do we know about local democracy in Kyrgyzstan?

Most people expect the main space of contestation in Kyrgyzstan to be found on the streets or with the use […]

The Pretence of Elections

On November 6th there will be a presidential poll in Tajikistan. When any election campaign in Central Asia begins it […]

Political rights, financial liberties and Rahmon’s In-tray: Tajikistan after the 2013 presidential election

The re-election of President Rahmon, who has now been at the helm of government in Tajikistan for 21 years, to […]