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?

By Asel Doolotkeldieva Most people expect the main space of contestation in Kyrgyzstan to be found on the streets or […]

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

By John Heathershaw The re-election of President Rahmon, who has now been at the helm of government in Tajikistan for […]

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

By Edward Lemon During another life, famed Financial Times journalist and author of Fools Gold Gillian Tett wrote her PhD […]

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. http://www.24kg.org/community/166702-v-otnoshenii-myera-bishkeka-isy-omurkulova.html But, […]

Exeter Central Asian Studies external seminar / internal workshop series 2013/14

All seminars, Wednesday, 1.00-2.30pm, Amory 115 (unless stated).   1.00-2.30pm, Friday, Oct. 4th.   Amory 239C Dr Stuart Horsman, Foreign and […]

Chatham House Workshop: Conflict Management in Central Asia

First workshop for the ESRC Research project, Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia, 10 September 2013, at Chatham House: […]

First speaker of 2013/14

‘The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Kyrgyzstan’s  crisis of 2010’ Dr Stuart Horsman, Principal Research Analyst, Foreign […]