Tajikistan: Communications regulator loosening monopoly

Eurasianet November 29, 2023

The quality of the internet has been severely compromised by restrictions placed on the market.

Uzbekistan’s president urges UN Central Asia summit to “not leave Afghanistan alone with its problems”

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent November 24, 2023

Calls for more regional cooperation in address to United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).

INTERVIEW: Eurasian Development Bank brings Central Asia together with sustainable green investments

Ben Aris in Berlin November 23, 2023

Central Asia is once again the “navel of the world” as overland trade between Asia and Europe takes off.

EBRD survey reveals surprising surge in life satisfaction in Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 23, 2023

In the last seven years, Emerging Europe has grappled with pandemic, war and a cost of living crisis. So why did people get happier?

EDB considering allocating resources to Tajikistan’s Rogun hydropower mega project

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2023

World Bank-coordinated committee of international donors is discussing issues of financial support for the 3,600-MW project, which is to include the world’s tallest dam.

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

SDS storms fed by sand and dust equal in weight to 350 Great Pyramids of Giza, says UNCCD

bne IntelIiNews November 19, 2023

Sometimes known as the sirocco, haboob, yellow dust, white storm or harmattan, the phenomenon that engulfs everything in its path can be a costly disaster.

PANNIER: Curious case of the duelling Afghan diplomats

Bruce Pannier November 18, 2023

Though Afghanistan’s toppled government continues to run its Tajikistan embassy in Dushanbe, the ruling Taliban have been permitted to open a consulate in Khorog.

Central Asia land degradation data demonstrates rapid advance of crisis worldwide says UNCCD

bne IntelIiNews November 13, 2023

Data shows that in region an area almost four times the size of Kyrgyzstan is degraded.

UK engagement with Central Asia “lacks seriousness” says report by British MPs

bne IntelIiNews November 12, 2023

Overcoming the “inadequate” approach is “a geopolitical imperative” amid great power competition, while a crackdown is needed on London enabling region’s corrupt elites, it adds.

Uzbekistan pursues mediation with Afghanistan over Qosh Tepa canal

Eurasianet October 25, 2023

An Uzbek government delegation is expected to travel to Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Central Asian leaders travel to China to pay homage to Xi’s BRI vision

Justin Burke at Eurasianet October 18, 2023

Ten years on are investments bringing desired returns?

Cautious hopes mounting for Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan border deal

Eurasianet October 15, 2023

At present, around one-third of the border remains undefined.

Absent Armenia remains elephant in room as Putin prepares for CIS summit in Kyrgyzstan

bne IntelIiNews October 13, 2023

Trip abroad is Russian leader’s first since International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest.

Tajikistan: Authorities use relatives as pawns against exiled activists

Eurasianet October 5, 2023

Government proxies have ceased to pretend the practice isn't ubiquitous.

Tajikistan hands control over border airports to armed forces

Eurasianet September 28, 2023

The airports have lain largely idle since the fall of the Soviet Union.

EBRD projects slowdown in Central Europe, robust growth in Eurasia

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2023

High gas prices, China slowdown and shifts in industrial production contribute to slower growth in Central Europe.

PANNIER: How ‘C5+1’ set the stage for a new era in US-Central Asia relations

Bruce Pannier September 22, 2023

Focus shifts from security to energy security, renewable energy and transportation infrastructure, while there are no illusions about delivering democracy.

Masked Turkish intelligence agents accused of abducting businessman in Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews September 18, 2023

Koray Vural snatched while on his way to work. Incident follows grabbing of Orhan Inandi in Kyrgyzstan two years ago. Like Inandi, Vural is linked to Gulen movement that denies Ankara’s claims it plotted coup attempt.

Tajikistan: Terrorism, slander, corruption claims swirl in latest sign of elite infighting

Eurasianet September 11, 2023

An old friend of the security services and police chiefs has been dragged into a tussle with the newly powerful general prosecutor.