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

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Pursuit of ex-president Atambayev has wide-reaching consequences for Kyrgyzstan

July 12, 2019

Prosecution of the first Kyrgyz president to leave office peacefully will show that no one is above the law — but it could also discourage his successors from handing over power.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Hope and darkness in Nazarbayev’s Kazakhstan

March 20, 2019

The last three decades have been a remarkable but flawed exercise in nation building.

CAUCASUS BLOG: But Mr Pashinian, Putin may not want the new “ancient Greece” on his doorstep…

August 17, 2018

The ‘People’s PM’ is treading a fine line following Armenia’s spring revolution.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Critics remain sceptical that serial humans rights abuser Uzbekistan has really reformed

July 17, 2017

Foreign media and watchdogs are being allowed back into the country, and some broken dissidents have been released, but there is little real change on the ground.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Atambayev risks sparking third Kyrgyz revolution

April 8, 2017

Once praised as an “island of democracy” in Central Asia, the Kyrgyz Republic now finds itself on a hazardous, illiberal road under a president reluctant to step down.