Iranian Influence in Central Asia
Spotlight on Central Asia
by The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs
1y ago
This week we take a look at: - Sec. Blinken's Visit to Central Asia - Parliamentary Elections in Kazakhstan heating up - Kazakhstan's backing of Beijing's "Ukraine Peace Plan" - The women's marches - Constitutional amendments being proposed in Uzbekistan - The son of a Tajik opposition leader being arrested - Tajikistan infrastructure under scrutiny - Isreal to open a new mission in Turkmenistan - Russia is pushing closer energy ties with Ashgabat And our deep dive into - Iranian Influence in Central Asia Joining us this week: -  Alex Vatanka (Middle East Institute) Follow the show on @SL ..read more
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Gendered Violence in Central Asia
Spotlight on Central Asia
by The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs
1y ago
This week we take a look at: - Nazarbayev being stripped of his immunity - A sanctioned Russian businessman buying up a Kazakh airport - The fight to bring a bank back to Kazakhstan - A Kyrgyz president being released from prison - 6 Kyrgyz presidents meeting in Dubai - Uzbekistan resuming work on the UZB-AFG trainline - Criminal arrested with radioactive material in UZB - An avalanche in Tajikistan - Record numbers of Tajik's applying for Russian citizenship - The increasing exodus from Turkmenistan  And our deep dive into - Gendered Violence in Central Asia Joining us this week: -   ..read more
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A Coup in Turkmenistan: The Return of Gurbanguly?
Spotlight on Central Asia
by The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs
1y ago
This week we take a look at: - Major policy changes at the Kazakh border. - Russia forging ahead with plans for a gas network across the region. - Astana refusing to punish journalists over their coverage of the War in Ukraine. - Border delimitation progress between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. - Bishkek taking ownership of a new set of Turkish drones. - Uzbekistan bracing for a series of floods. - Karakalpak activists being jailed. - Problems worsening for the Tajik internet infrastructure. - The cost of living crisis worsening throughout Turkmenistan And our deep dive into - The Coup in Ashgab ..read more
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27 - How the Recent Influx of Russian Migrants is Impacting Central Asia.
Spotlight on Central Asia
by The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs
1y ago
This week we take a look at a political party being registered in Kazakhstan, politicians pushing back against name changes for Bishkeks administrative districts, a former president's trial devolving, the proposal for a natural gas union between three states, trials beginning for anti-regime protesters, big developments in the Tajik banking sector, further accusations of Turkmenistan sanction busting, and we take a deep dive into how the Russian migrants fleeing the draft at home into Central Asia are impacting the stability of the region.   Joining us this week: - Yan Matusevich (Th ..read more
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26 - The Kazakh Presidential Election: A New Kazakhstan?
Spotlight on Central Asia
by The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs
1y ago
This week we take a look at a former Security Services Cheif of Kazakhstan on trial for treason, Russian pressure on Astana to lower the price of grain, Kyrgyzstan cracking down on the free press, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan approving a huge water deal, China stepping up its military coordination with Tajikistan, accusations of the Tajiks getting involved in Ukraine war, and Turkmenistan demand Turkmens return home for the census, whilst also trapping other at home. But first, we turn to the big story in the region this week The Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan and the reelection of Tokayev ..read more
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25 - Is the CSTO Facing Collapse?
Spotlight on Central Asia
by The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs
1y ago
This week we take a look at the row between Kazakhstan and Russia over Ukraine, a new report warning of water problems for the region, a significant shake-up in the Kyrgyz cabinet, a new border deal signed between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, the cancelling of major Kyrgyz military exercises, a crackdown on contraceptive rights in Turkmenistan, and the Turkmen government ordering millions of dollars worth of cyber security equipment from the EU. We also take a look at the recent troubles within the CSTO, a Russian version of NATO. After refusing to come to the aid of Armenia and Kyrgyzstan cance ..read more
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21 - Why is Kazakhstan Nearly Doubling its Military Budget?
Spotlight on Central Asia
by spotlightoncentralasia
1y ago
This week we take a look at the Kazakh state clawing millions back from associates of former president Nazarbayev, Canada finally stepping aside in the Kumtor Gold mine case, a Kyrgyz kingpin detained on extortion charges, a president daughter fighting to have her assets unfrozen, the Uzbek power grid on the brink of collapse, Tajik women returning from the war in Syria, Dushanbe stepping up their controls on the nations independent press, and a meeting of the five central Asian leaders leading to a regional divide on what to do about Russia. We also sit down with an expert to discuss the rece ..read more
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Episode 18 - The Impact of a Trans-Caspian Pipeline
Spotlight on Central Asia
by spotlightoncentralasia
1y ago
This week we take a look at Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan's new dispute on the Chinese border, additional charges for a former president, the OSCE weighing in on the Uzbek presidential election, smuggling tunnels being discovered, bread prices causing chaos in the region, new battles along the Tajik-Kyrgyz border, and massive water shortages in Turkmenistan. We also discuss how the completion of the Trans-Caspian pipeline could reshape the politics of Central Asia, and the energy markets of Europe.  Joining us this week: - Theresa Sebonis-Helf (Georgetown University) Follow the show on @SLonC ..read more
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Episode 17 - Press Freedom in Central Asia
Spotlight on Central Asia
by spotlightoncentralasia
2y ago
This week we take a look at Kazakhstan securing agreements with Turkey to produce drones. Workers strikes in Krygyzstan. A US ambassador speaking out against policy in Uzbekistan. Afghanistan looking to Central Asia for electricity. Tensions growing between Dushanbe and the Taliban, and of course the massive protests taking place in Gordo-Badakhshan. We also sit down with esteemed journalist Joanna Lillis to discuss Press Freedom in Central Asia.  Joining us this week: - Joanna Lillis (The Economist) Follow the show on @SLonCentralAsia For more info please visit - www.oxussociety.org ..read more
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Episode 13 - Reforms in the Uzbek Cotton Industry
Spotlight on Central Asia
by spotlightoncentralasia
2y ago
This week we take a look at internal troubles inside the Kazakh first family, more turmoil in the Central Asian economies, a prison sentence handed down to a Kyrgyz president, gunfire on the Tajik border, the election results in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan taking a stance on the war in Ukraine, and huge developments in the Uzbek cotton industry.  Joining us this week: - Steve Swerdlow (University of Southern California) Follow the show on @SLonCentralAsia For more info please visit - www.oxussociety.org ..read more
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