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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Mongolia’s presidency, a new chapter

June 8, 2021

Country has option of replacing one strongman for another, voting in the nominee of a splintered party or choosing an entrepreneur said to have delivered the internet to Mongolians.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Kyrgyzstan’s gold grab

May 21, 2021

Analysts ask whether Bishkek made its shock move to seize the Kumtor mine in the face of a mounting fiscal crisis and amid anxieties that the gold may be exhausted within three years.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Kazakhs’ loathing of encroaching China rises as Lake Balkhash falls

May 8, 2021

Beijing’s hopes of persuading the people of Kazakhstan it’s a force for good won’t be helped if China’s upstream water consumption causes a “second Aral Sea” disaster.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: End of story?

May 1, 2021

An attempt at dissolving Mongolia's ruling party looks like a desperate manoeuvre from President Battulga Khaltmaa as he fights a ban on seeking re-election.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Unwanted consequences as early access to pension funds for Kazakhs drives up home prices

February 28, 2021

Populist measure meant to make housing more affordable for the middle class—but the effect might be just the opposite.