Climate change is shortening Central Asia’s growing season – study

Eurasianet July 27, 2021

It’s bad news for plans to expand farming, but even worse for herders.

US court rules Kyrgyzstan in contempt for pushing ahead with local legal action against Kumtor Gold

bne IntelIiNews July 23, 2021

State’s seizure of control of gold mine from subsidiary of NYSE-listed Centerra Gold has shocked foreign investors.

American personnel in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan reported as among ‘Havana Syndrome’ victims

bne IntelIiNews July 21, 2021

Following cluster of Vienna incidents, US has stepped up investigation into possible attacks made with directed pulsed microwave energy.

Russia shows tentative willingness to let US use Central Asia bases

Eurasianet July 19, 2021

Moscow wants to heavily constrain Washington's scope for action, however.

CONFERENCE CALL: Afghanistan crucial to rebuilding ties between Central and South Asia

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent July 16, 2021

There is strong political will to forge trade, transport and energy links between Central and South Asia, but achieving this depends on restoring peace in Afghanistan.

bneGREEN: Drought causes mass livestock die-offs and irrigation water shortages in Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews July 15, 2021

Studies detect shifts in precipitation patterns in the Tian Shan mountains that supply region with much of its freshwater.

Kyrgyz economy contracts by 1.7% in H1

Kanat Shaku in Almaty July 14, 2021

Trend, however, suggests economic recovery may be taking hold.

Villagers in shadow of Kyrgyzstan dam incensed by Uzbekistan deal

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet July 12, 2021

The land transfer has fuelled anger and rumours about Kyrgyzstan’s new populist leadership.

Erdogan boasts of abduction of Turkish-born Kyrgyz educator Orhon Inandi

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Turkish president says 100 individuals with links to the Gulen movement have been abducted and brought to Turkey.

Taliban sweep through northern Afghanistan, forcing government troops to flee across border to Tajikistan

Ben Aris in Berlin July 5, 2021

The Taliban launched an assault on the northern regions of Afghanistan against government troops about a week ago and have rapidly captured most of the northern provinces.

Russia frets about ISIS in Afghanistan, Central Asia looks sanguine

Euurasianet July 5, 2021

Russia says it is worried that the Islamic State is gaining strength apace in northern Afghanistan. The United States looks to be bracing itself for a collapsing Afghanistan. But Central Asian states neighbouring Afghanistan are much more sanguine.

Under half of emerging Europe economies to achieve full recovery in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

EBRD says recovery from the coronacrisis is progressing faster than expected, but many emerging Europe economies won’t return to 2019 levels of GDP until 2022.

Amid Afghanistan pullout observers ask if there's a place for a US military base in Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews June 23, 2021

Carnegie analyst identifies Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan as long-shot options.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: If Inandi kidnapping is confirmed, Turkey’s Khashoggi protestations will ring hollow

bne IntelIiNews June 17, 2021

In Washington Post article, Erdogan critic and basketball star Enes Kanter raises alarm over educator apparently grabbed by Turkish agents in Kyrgyzstan.

Can Tajik-Kyrgyz border conflict spiral into war?

IWPR June 2, 2021

Following the worst fighting in years, experts warn that states need to urgently build trust and solve humanitarian issues.

Russia addressing ‘growing Central Asia security concerns’

bne IntelIiNews May 31, 2021

Kremlin takes stock of serious border clash between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and bracing of region for Taliban reaction to pullout of US troops from Afghanistan by September.

Kyrgyzstan’s Kumtor mine grab hits financing plans of Tulkubash gold project

Kanat Shaku in Almaty May 26, 2021

Rising uncertainty facing foreign miners in country could deter debt or equity investors.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Kyrgyzstan’s gold grab

Kanat Shaku in Almaty 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.

Perspectives | Xi’an meeting marks a new chapter for China in Central Asia

Srdjan Uljevic for Eurasianet May 20, 2021

As the only major power at the table, China sets the agenda.

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway: Who is going to pay?

Chris Rickleton for Eurasianet May 17, 2021

Kyrgyzstan is flogging its section of the would-be track, but how successfully?