Eurasia / Features

Perspectives | Islamic State using China to vilify Taliban

Lucas Webber for Eurasianet November 8, 2021

Since the Taliban took Kabul, Islamic State sympathisers across South Asia have increased attacks on the movement over its ties to China.

The hoovers of Nukus

Ben Aris in Nukus November 6, 2021

Nukus in Uzbekistan's far west used to be an ecological disaster zone, but the worst of its problems are fixed. The country's leading white goods manufacturer Artel has set up a flourishing hoover production facility in the desert town.

Kazakh food exports to China plummet

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet November 5, 2021

Kazakh exporters say China is pushing them aside, interested in a transit corridor but not a supplier.

Uzbekistan privatises its entire cotton sector in its most radical reform yet

Ben Aris in Tashkent November 5, 2021

In the most radical of all reforms made since Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took over in 2016, the entire cotton sector has been privatised and production of this vital crop is now entirely owned by private companies.

Uzbekistan rising

Ben Aris in Tashkent November 5, 2021

Uzbekistan’s economy is taking off. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took over five years ago and launched a radical reform programme, which are now bearing fruit. The economy is flourishing.

Tajik labour migration to Russia hits historic high, officially

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet November 4, 2021

More than a fifth of Tajikistan’s total population has entered Russia so far this year.

Kazakhstan: Boys in skirts blame Nazarbayev school suicide on conservative staff

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet November 2, 2021

The protests have spread to several of the prestigious schools around the country.

Uzmetkombinat – one of Uzbekistan’s blue-chip companies

Scott Osheroff of AFC Capital in Tashkent November 1, 2021

Uzmetkombinat is one of Uzbekistan's biggest metallurgical companies and with demand soaring the company is investing €600mn into an expansion.

Event | Russia looks to Taliban to contain Islamic State in Afghanistan

Eurasianet October 28, 2021

Moscow seems willing to tolerate Taliban rights abuses, if the movement can get the job done.