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

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Whisper it, but work on 25-year-old China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project may finally start

June 10, 2022

Freight dispatchers desire to avoid sanctioned Russia may have motivated Chinese officials to get a move on.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: No great enthusiasm but Kazakhs expected to vote ‘yes’ in constitutional referendum

June 3, 2022

Vote set to strip former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev of sweeping powers he held on to, while it will also open way to emergence of new political parties.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Making sense of Kazakhstan’s ‘Bloody January’— Part III/III

February 26, 2022

To conclude the series, a look at the Tokayev administration’s loyalty to the Kremlin and consideration of whether the country’s civil unrest could re-ignite.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Making sense of Kazakhstan’s ‘Bloody January’ — Part II/III

February 13, 2022

Sources theorise that some Nazarbayev clan members may have pushed ahead with coup effort without seeking involvement or approval of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Making sense of Kazakhstan’s ‘Bloody January’ — Part I/III

February 6, 2022

How was it that largely peaceful protests across the country descended into mob violence? The details don’t yet add up.