London Bullion Market Association suspends Kyrgyz gold refiner’s accreditation for missing gold bars

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 20, 2021

Kyrgyz investigation, meanwhile, adds former Centerra Gold leading executives to wanted list.

Iran cements ties with East as it becomes full member of SCO

bne IntelIiNews September 17, 2021

“The world has entered a new era,” says Iranian president. “Hegemony and unilateralism are failing. The international balance is moving toward multilateralism and redistribution of power to the benefit of independent countries.”

Kyrgyz consumer prices up 14% y/y in August

bne IntelIiNews September 16, 2021

High inflation continued amid a visible path to economic recovery.

Chinese geneticists link Kyrgyz to Pakistanis, while raising thorny ethical questions

David Trilling for Eurasianet September 14, 2021

The DNA was collected in western China’s police state, Xinjiang. Could the subjects have said no without fearing retribution?

Memoir | 9/11 shifted the world. In Central Asia, diplomatic frenzy ensued

Richard E. Hoagland for Eurasianet September 10, 2021

Behind the scenes with an American negotiator who helped forge a radical new level of US engagement in Central Asia after 9/11.

Process to admit Iran into Shanghai Cooperation Organisation ‘set to begin’

bne IntelIiNews September 9, 2021

Islamic Republic applied to join as far back as 2008 but sanctions have hindered its path. Move to obtain membership may still meet additional obstacles.

Unpacking Eurasia’s role in the Afghanistan evacuation

Eurasianet September 3, 2021

Most of the countries Eurasianet covers were involved in the airlift. Some even contributed troops during the 20-year war.

State managers of Kyrgyzstan’s seized Kumtor gold mine ‘risk flooding catastrophe’

Kanat Shaku in Almaty September 2, 2021

Canadian miner Centerra Gold claims evidence of irregular water flows down pit walls. Officials respond that an attempt is under way to undermine their reputation.

The crushing weight of China’s debt burden on Eurasia

bne IntelIiNews September 1, 2021

Emerging European economies were already facing heavy debt burdens before the pandemic. Now it’s worse. Several countries in Eurasia and Emerging Europe are struggling to pay off huge loans they took from China.

Kyrgyzstan: Activists complain of mass wiretapping campaign

Eurasianet August 31, 2021

Police say their court-approved snooping was wholly justified.

Only tough options for Afghans looking to escape north or west

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 29, 2021

The UNHCR has estimated half a million could attempt to flee Taliban rule by year-end, but Central Asia, Iran and Turkey will prove far from welcoming.

As Taliban regime takes shape, Central Asia and Iran assess fate of Afghanistan investments

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Kanat Shaku in Almaty, Will Conroy in Prague August 16, 2021

The future of plans for a gas pipeline, trade links to South Asian ports, power transmission lines and railways will remain up in the air until the direction of the new Afghan regime is clear.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Nato training for Afghans in Turkey gives off a “Syria” odour

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 14, 2021

Fresh wave of migrants from Afghanistan crossing Turkish border will, meanwhile, only add grist to the mill of Europe’s populists.

Kyrgyz security services claim enough evidence to press on with removal of Centerra from Kumtor gold mine

Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 12, 2021

Canadian miner maintains seizure of mine illegal and unjustified, but Bishkek maintains there is a corruption case to investigate.

Bellingcat finds climate change may have played role in triggering Tajik-Kyrgyz border clashes

Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 5, 2021

Satellite imagery shows seasonal rains “slowed to a trickle”, with time-lapse imaging showing “thick, dense fields in 2019 followed by sparse, patchy land in 2020”.

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.