PhD Studentship: The Political Economy of Extractive Industries in Central Asia

ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre Studentship: The Political Economy of Extractive Industries in Central Asia  This project is one […]

Deputy Head of Mission of British Embassy in Dushanbe to speak at Exeter

Richard Wood, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ‘The UK Government’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy’ Monday 13 January, 3.30-4.30pm Building:One Marchant Syndicate […]

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 […]

New BBC Comedy on Central Asia: What impact do popular discourses have on public perceptions of the region?

Central Asia is frequently represented in popular culture as obscure, dangerous and oriental (See for example Heathershaw and Megoran, 2011). […]

Marrying Relatives in Yazgulom: Public Problem or Private Affair?

Yazgulom is a valley in the Pamirs with a population of 6,000 spread across five villages.  The locals speak Yazgulomi, […]

Contesting Patriarchy in Rural Tajikistan: Hidden Transcripts and Sharm

During another life, famed Financial Times journalist and author of Fools Gold Gillian Tett wrote her PhD on gender relations […]

Atambaev’s big bid to centralise power

Details are starting to emerge of some of the ‘substance’ behind the charges against Keldibekov, Omurkulov and others: В отношении […]