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The Taliban's resurgence in Afghanistan is headache for China

Ben Aris in Berlin August 14, 2021

The rapid recapture of almost all of Afghanistan by the Taliban only weeks after the US pulled out is a major headache for China, but Beijing has already moved to recognise the fundamental Islamic movement in an effort to quickly end the fighting.

Stitching Albania’s garment industry back together

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 13, 2021

Fashion industry figures have forecast an explosion of consumption in a new “roaring twenties” when the pandemic ends, but rebuilding Albania’s garment and footwear sector won’t be easy.

Russia’s stumbling along in the race to carbon neutrality

Cameron Jones in London August 12, 2021

Earlier this year Vladimir Putin’s called for cutting Russia’s greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions to below those of the European Union as the Kremlin starts to wake up to the dangers of global warming.

Defeat and Uncertainty: Russia’s new wave of politically fuelled emigration

Cameron Jones in London August 12, 2021

This year will go down in Russian history as the start of a new era of political emigration. While waves of emigration from the country are part of the drama of Russian life, today, for the first time since Soviet times, people are emigrating again

Uzbekistan grapples with urgent climate change problems

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent August 12, 2021

Uzbekistan is already the site of the world’s worst man-made catastrophe, and things will only get worse as temperatures rise. bne IntelliNews looks at Tashkent's efforts to adapt to climate change.

Uzbekistan’s energy sector overhaul

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent August 11, 2021

An expected increase in energy demand and the need to cut emissions have prompted Tashkent to draw up plans to overhaul existing infrastructure, raise efficiency and encourage investment into renewables.

Azerbaijan’s 'foreign' Olympic team frustrates fans

Heydar Isayev for Eurasianet August 11, 2021

Sports commentators are questioning the wisdom of hiring foreign players to compete for the Azerbaijani flag.

Kazakhstan suffers from acute shortage of doctors

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet August 10, 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak has compounded a problem caused by low salaries.

Belarusians hold solidarity demonstrations on the first anniversary of the disputed presidential elections

Ben Aris in Berlin August 9, 2021

Belarusians went to the polls to choose a new president exactly a year ago on August 9, 2020 in elections that plunged the country into its worst political crisis in three decades.

Local authorities in Romania expect new impetus from regional airports

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 9, 2021

Disappointed by the weak traffic at Oradea airport, the municipality and county authorities decided to set up their own airline.

Tensions rise as Lithuanian government takes harsh line on migrants

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius August 6, 2021

Human rights groups and opposition politicians accuse Vilnius of whipping up fears over migrant influx via Belarus.

Hardline cleric Raisi sworn in as Iran’s president

bne IntelIiNews August 5, 2021

Guest list and inauguration speech indicate Tehran will make serious move to negotiate reinstatement of 2015 nuclear deal. First presidential in-tray will be weighed down by multiple unresolved crises.

Georgia’s Western honeymoon – coming to an end?

Neil Hauer in Tbilisi August 4, 2021

For the Georgian Dream government, its failure to respond to far-right mobs hunting LGBTQ activists and beating journalists was a PR disaster. Critics say it’s time for US and EU to wake up to its shift towards illiberalism.

Uzbekistan after the storm

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent July 31, 2021

A V-shaped recovery will support incomes and job creation, and resolve any lingering impact in the banking sector, says Uzbekistan's Deputy Finance Minister Odilbek Isakov.

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.

Azerbaijan’s top cleric under fire for pro-Iran remarks

Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet July 27, 2021

The remarks earned the country’s senior Islamic official a rebuke from a senior adviser to Turkey’s president and a smear campaign in Azerbaijani pro-government media.

INTERVIEW: Making privatisation work in Uzbekistan

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent July 23, 2021

Despite the pandemic conditions Uzbekistan accelerated its privatisation drive this spring. The head of the State Assets Management Agency Akmalkhon Ortikov explains how.

Azerbaijani government silent on phone spying revelations

Heydar Isayev for Eurasianet July 22, 2021

The list of journalists and activists reportedly spied on using the Israeli-made Pegasus software continues to grow. But Baku is keeping quiet.

Da Vinci fund III aims to deRussify its portfolio companies and make them more valuable

Ben Aris in Berlin July 18, 2021

Da Vinci Capital, one of Russia’s biggest private equity investors, has been helping its portfolio companies to build up a more international business that will increase their valuation. Now it has launched a new fund that excludes Russia entirely.

DATACRUNCH: demographic disaster in Russia, but a catastrophe in Ukraine

Ben Aris in Berlin July 15, 2021

Russia is facing two decades of stagnation thanks to its shrinking population caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union. But in Ukraine the problem is far worse, as the population has shrunk to levels last seen in the '50s.

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