The Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan

Today we’re bringing you another guest post from Zack Kramer, the second in his five part series on the political economies of the former Soviet Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Today we’re looking at Kyrgyzstan.As always, if you would like to pitch something for attwiw, please email me. And if you’ve enjoyed this… Continue reading The Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan

The Political Economy of Kazakhstan

In attwiw’s newest guest post, Zack Kramer offers some background on Kazakhstan. This article is the first in a planned series of five from Zack on the political economies of the former Soviet Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Remote and sparsely populated, these countries have taken different approaches to establishing their… Continue reading The Political Economy of Kazakhstan

World update: November 16 2018

ASIA CENTRAL ASIA At The Diplomat, Ario Bimo Utomo explains why it’s frustrating that the Central Asian republics can’t shake the simplistic “post-Sovet” label: Despite such characteristics, the repeated use of “former Soviet” is both blinding and misleading as it diverts us from realizing that Central Asia is not a static region. Albeit slowly, the region… Continue reading World update: November 16 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: August 21 2018

ASIA GEORGIA The Georgian and Iranian governments have gotten themselves into a row after Georgian security forces allegedly forced several Iranian women to remove their headscarves at Tblisi International Airport. The Georgian government says it’s investigated the charge and found no evidence that the women were mistreated. What’s interesting here is that many Iranian women… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: August 21 2018

World update: July 12 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A likely Taliban attack on a military post in Kunduz province killed at least 15 Afghan soldiers on Thursday, though some estimates had the toll as high as 30. A separate likely Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in Farah province left four police officers dead. Additionally, a US service member died of… Continue reading World update: July 12 2018

World update: July 11 2018

It’s another hectic day at HQ so I’m going to try to be briefer and earlier than usual again. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Syrian and Russian attention in Daraa province has focused on the Yarmouk Basin, where an ISIS affiliate called Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid has been ensconced since 2014. ISIS and its subdivisions aren’t covered under… Continue reading World update: July 11 2018

World update: July 10 2018

It’s been a long day so if it’s OK with you I’m going to roll through these updates with a minimum of banter. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Rebels in Daraa city say they’ve begun surrender talks with Russian officials in hopes of staving off a full Syrian-Russian offensive. The inevitable recovery of Daraa will be a… Continue reading World update: July 10 2018