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 […]

Exeter-Newcastle Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia 2017

Call for Papers open until Dec 16

Call for Papers Annual Navro’z / Nawruz Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia Asian Studies Research Group, Newcastle University Contemporary Spaces […]

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 […]

Tackling Corruption in Uzbekistan: New Report by EXCAS Member David Lewis

In February 2016, the Amsterdam-based telecoms company Vimpelcom paid almost US$800 million in fines to settle charges of paying bribes […]

What are the Consequences of the South China Sea Dispute for Central Asia?

By Catherine Owen   At first glance, the two issues appear unconnected: in one, China and the US are engaging […]

‘Friend’ or ‘foreign agent’? On the limits of field research in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

Guest post by Philipp Lottholz and Joshua Meyer With the summer season and field trips to Kyrgyzstan and other Central […]

Call for papers: Annual Nawruz Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia: Spaces of Central Asia

The Department of Politics at the University of Exeter will host the Annual Nawruz Postgraduate Workshop on March 18 – […]

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 […]