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OUTLOOK 2021 Armenia

bne IntelIiNews January 16, 2021

Small nation enters new year battered and bruised by the pandemic and defeat in the autumn war with Azerbaijan. A modest economic rebound is within reach should the peace hold.

COVID-19 and Trump’s indifference helped human rights abusers in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2021

2020 was a bad year for human rights around the world, but the US’ upcoming Biden presidency is an opportunity for change, says Human Rights Watch.

Central Asia vaccination plans underwhelm, but governments look unruffled

Eurasianet January 15, 2021

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan are taking triumphalist stances on coronavirus.

OUTLOOK 2021 Georgia

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 13, 2021

Ivanishvili says he’s quit politics, Saakashvili has suffered a failed comeback, might new faces prove dominant on a political scene riven by the opposition’s boycott of parliament? The tourism-hooked economy remains destabilised by the pandemic.

OUTLOOK 2021 Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2021

Emomali Rahmon has ‘won’ yet another term. What else hasn’t changed? Central Asia’s poorest nation is still pouring money into building the giant Rogun dam. Energy export is one way to ease fiscal woes. But a latest worry is failing rains.

Handfuls of protesters fight on amid Kazakh parliamentary poll that’s little more than a ritual confirming regime’s power

Nizom Khodjayev in Almaty January 11, 2021

No surprise as ruling party Nur Otan wins landslide. All parties on ballot paper were pro-government. Despite the modest resistance, security forces take no chances.

Modern-day “Robin Hood” inspires Georgians drowning in debt

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet January 9, 2021

The country has one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in Europe, a situation exacerbated by the pandemic.

OUTLOOK 2021 Turkmenistan

bne IntelIiNews January 8, 2021

Ordinary people in the country are said to have fallen into a state of Dickensian misery but the president can still find the wherewithal for a giant golden statue of a dog. Plans for equitable economic development are going nowhere fast.

OUTLOOK 2021 Kyrgyzstan

bne IntelIiNews January 7, 2021

Weekend brings crucial presidential election. Observers fear autocratic presidency under sway of organised crime and “Khanstitution” could result.

Storming parliaments: New Europe's greatest hits

bne IntelliNews staff January 7, 2021

The US has been rocked by the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. But in New Europe, protesters storming parliament buildings is a common experience.

OUTLOOK 2021 Kazakhstan

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 6, 2021

Central Asia’s largest economy probably saw from two to three points knocked off GDP last year but should bounce back by around the same amount this year. Officials, meanwhile, are struggling to diversify output away from oil exports over-reliance.

OUTLOOK 2021 Uzbekistan

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent & Will Conroy in Prague January 5, 2021

Coronavirus-afflicted 2020 came as a cruel blow to a country that was winning plaudits for progress in transforming to a market economy. Tashkent hopes to quickly get fully back on track.

Uzbekistan’s Makro positions itself for growth in a more competitive market

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 19, 2020

Uzbekistan’s largest grocery retailer Makro has been expanding rapidly in Central Asia’s most populous market as it prepares for the entry of international competitors.