Asia/Oceania/Africa update: March 14-15 2019

ASIA TAJIKISTAN Violence between a crowd of Tajiks and a crowd of Kyrgyz in Vorukh on Wednesday left at least two Tajiks dead. Vorukh is a Tajik exclave, completely surrounded by Kyrgyzstan and connected to the rest of Tajikistan by one road running through Kyrgyz territory. The clash apparently was over a road that Kyrgyz… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: March 14-15 2019

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

Asia/Africa update: January 17 2019

ASIA ARMENIA The Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers met on Wednesday in Paris and apparently–somewhat incredibly–had an extremely positive discussion: Following the meeting, the official statement included several unusual elements that cheered advocates for peace between the two sides. “Here is the most positive statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in a very long… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 17 2019

World update: August 13 2018

ASIA CENTRAL ASIA The Diplomat’s Umida Hashimova explains why Central Asian countries are still all-in on the Belt and Road Initiative even as some of China’s other partners are starting to balk at its onerous terms: Central Asian countries are in need of large-scale investments and the BRI intends to do just that. So far,… Continue reading World update: August 13 2018

World update: April 19 2018

ASIA KYRGYZSTAN The government of Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sapar Isakov lost a very lopsided confidence vote in parliament on Thursday. The move is less about his government’s performance, though it’s hit a couple of rough patches, than about the fact that Isakov is a close ally of former President Almazbek Atambayev. This made him unpalatable to current President… Continue reading World update: April 19 2018

Asia/Africa update: December 20 2017

ASIA KYRGYZSTAN The Kyrgyz government shut down an opposition-owned TV network on Tuesday, just a few hours after ordering two independent journalists and a human rights activist to pay around $430,000 in a previously awarded libel settlement in one lump sum rather than over time. So if you had 2017 in your office pool as… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 20 2017

Asia/Africa update: December 8 2017

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN Russia’s neighbors, even the ones that have good relations with Moscow, are quietly adopting new military doctrines in response to Russian actions in Ukraine: Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing a 2011 document that had become dated. The new document states that Kazakhstan does not have enemies.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 8 2017