16th Biennial Conference of ESCAS at Exeter

Announcing the 16th Biennial Conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies The European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) is […]

Political Exiles, Transnational Repression and Global Authoritarianism in Eurasia and Beyond

Monday, May 7, 2018 The Harriman Institute at Columbia University Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies 1512 International Affairs Building […]

How Postcolonial is Post-Western IR? Understanding the International Politics of Russia and Central Asia

Scholars of International Relations have called for the creation of a post-Western IR that reflects the global and local contexts […]

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’, […]

Transnational Kleptocracy: The Struggle to Expose Kleptocracy’s Enablers

By Alexander Cooley, John Heathershaw, and Jason C Sharman

  One of the key features of contemporary transnational kleptocracy is how routine and commonplace it has become. Unlike their […]

Central Asia Political Exiles Newsletter #1 — Spring 2018

Message from the team Welcome to the first issue of the Central Asian Political Exiles (CAPE) Newsletter. As the year […]

Academic Freedom in Tajikistan Endangered: What is to be Done?

Academic freedom is imperiled in Tajikistan, and determined action by the international academic community is needed to encourage Tajik authorities […]

Academic Freedom in Tajikistan: a testimony

Introduction by John Heathershaw Limitations on academic freedom occur throughout Central Asia and across much of the world.  However, in some […]