What are Russia’s Grand Designs in Central Asia?

By David Lewis (This article was originally posted in The Conversation) While international attention has focused on Russian military operations […]

Debating China in Central Asia

Will China continue to defer to Russia in Central Asia’s international security relations? Revised: 2 November 2015 What kind of great […]

US looks away as tyranny steals a march in Central Asia

This post originally appeared on FT.com’s Beyond Brics: http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2015/09/29/us-looks-away-as-tyranny-steals-a-march-in-central-asia/ Photocredit: David Trilling, Eurasianet.org Central Asian democracy was dealt another critical […]

Tajikistan Faces Another Rebellion from Within

What does the Hoji Halim rebellion tell us about conflict management and the state in Central Asia? By John Heathershaw […]

Class of 2015

Congratulations to the eight, yes EIGHT, Exeter Central Asian Studies associates and friends who completed their PhD and/or graduated in the […]

Why do Central Asians join ISIS?

What little we know suggests that the non-religious reasons Central Asians join ISIS are more important than the religious factors […]

What does the impending demise of the IRPT mean for Tajikistan?

What does the loss of political status for the IRPT mean for Tajikistan?  And why do Western governments apparently no […]

Workshop Report: New Perspectives on Conflict, Security and Peace in Eurasia

Between 3rd and 5th June, the OSCE Academy in Bishkek hosted an international conference organised jointly with UK-based researchers working […]

Everyday Corruption in the Bishkek-Moscow Train

By Catherine Owen In the last four years, I have twice had the privilege of travelling by train from Bishkek […]

Is Tajikistan Really Jihad’s Next Frontier?

The spectacular defection of Tajikistan’s paramilitary commander Gulmurod Halimov to the Islamic State has caused an unprecedented flurry of English […]

What does the Halimov defection tell us about Tajikistan?

Cover photo: Still from ISIS video with Gulmurod Halimov    Credit: YouTube What does the Gulmurod Halimov defection tell us […]

Who killed Tajik opposition leader Umarali Kuvatov and why?

Cover Photo: Umarali Kuvatov    Photo Credit: TojNews.org Umarali Kuvatov, the leader of Group of 24, was killed last night […]