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Testing the Taliban: Aid Distribution as a Critical Task

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Testing the Taliban: Aid Distribution as a Critical Task

Author: Karolina Powers

Date: Oct 26, 2021

Uzbekistan will play a prominent role once again in Afghanistan as a conduit for much-needed UN aid to the country. Due to a looming humanitarian cris...


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High Flying Hopes of Regional Connectivity

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High Flying Hopes of Regional Connectivity

Author: Karolina Powers

Date: Oct 25, 2021

Azerbaijan has carried out its first flight in seven years across Armenian airspace. This flight was conducted by Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) on Octobe...


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China’s Coal Shortage Grants Kazakhstan Unique Opportunity

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China’s Coal Shortage Grants Kazakhstan Unique Opportunity

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Oct 25, 2021

China’s coal consumption increased in 2021 despite assertions from Beijing that it would boost green energy production and advance decarbonization...


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Afghanistan Struggles to Pay Electricity Bill with Taliban in Charge

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Afghanistan Struggles to Pay Electricity Bill with Taliban in Charge

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Oct 22, 2021

The resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan foreshadows a dark winter for millions of Afghans who rely on electricity imports from neighboring Centra...


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The 2021 German Election Could Change the Country’s Approach to the South Caucasus and Caspian

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The 2021 German Election Could Change the Country’s Approach to the South Caucasus and Caspian

Author: Miriam Friedman

Date: Oct 22, 2021

On September 26, Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) claimed victory in the election with 25.7 percent of the vote, closely followed...


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Standoff at the Border: Background and U.S. Policy Options for the Tension at the Azerbaijan-Iran Border

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Standoff at the Border: Background and U.S. Policy Options for the Tension at the Azerbaijan-Iran Border

Tension between Azerbaijan and Iran have reached new heights in recent days. Tit-for-tat military exercises along the Azerbaijan-Iranian border and in...


Unlike Its Neighbors, Tajikistan Refuses to Engage with the Taliban and Bolsters Security

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Unlike Its Neighbors, Tajikistan Refuses to Engage with the Taliban and Bolsters Security

Author: Karolina Powers

Date: Oct 5, 2021

In Central Asia, Tajikistan stands apart as the only government in direct opposition to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan....


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Strengthened Security Cooperation Among SCO Members Could Affect U.S. Economic Policy in Afghanistan

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Strengthened Security Cooperation Among SCO Members Could Affect U.S. Economic Policy in Afghanistan

Author: Miriam Friedman

Date: Sep 29, 2021

The topic of Afghanistan dominated discussions at the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit on September 17 in Dushanbe...


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Writing a New Future: Kazakhstan’s Language Reforms

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Writing a New Future: Kazakhstan’s Language Reforms

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Sep 24, 2021

When countries become independent, they often establish the language of the majority ethnic group as the lingua franca in an effort to...


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Direction During Uncertain Times: A New Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs is Sworn In

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Direction During Uncertain Times: A New Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs is Sworn In

Author: Daniel Lehmann

Date: Sep 24, 2021

On September 15, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland swore in Ambassador Donald Lu as the...


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Crisis in Afghanistan Gives New Purpose to CSTO

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Crisis in Afghanistan Gives New Purpose to CSTO

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Sep 16, 2021

Over 1,000 soldiers participated in the Rubezh-2021 joint military exercises of the Collective Forces of Rapid Development of the Central Asian region...


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Rise of Taliban Means Afghanistan Could Once Again Become Hotbed for Extremism

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Rise of Taliban Means Afghanistan Could Once Again Become Hotbed for Extremism

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Sep 16, 2021

At least 170 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members were killed in a terrorist attack carried out at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International...


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Turkmenistan’s Deviated Approach to the Taliban Explained

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Turkmenistan’s Deviated Approach to the Taliban Explained

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Sep 8, 2021

Turkmenistan has deviated from the rest of the international community. Unlike its neighbors, the Turkmen government has been careful to...


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Women of Central Asia Unite in Avaza

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Women of Central Asia Unite in Avaza

Author: Priya Misra

Date: Aug 24, 2021


A New Government Forms in Armenia: Prospects for Peace?

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A New Government Forms in Armenia: Prospects for Peace?

Author: Priya Misra

Date: Aug 24, 2021

A New Government Forms in Armenia: Prospects for Peace?...



ASEAN Serves as Ideal Model for a Central Asian Regional Organization

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ASEAN Serves as Ideal Model for a Central Asian Regional Organization

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Aug 18, 2021

ASEAN Serves as Ideal Model for a Central Asian Regional Organization...


Taliban Takeover Concerns Afghanistan’s Northern Neighbors

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Taliban Takeover Concerns Afghanistan’s Northern Neighbors

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Aug 17, 2021


Five Heads are Better than One: Central Asian Presidents Meet for Annual Leaders’ Summit

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Five Heads are Better than One: Central Asian Presidents Meet for Annual Leaders’ Summit

Author: Daniel Lehmann

Date: Aug 13, 2021

Five Heads are Better than One: Central Asian Presidents Meet for Annual Leaders’ Summit...