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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has weakened its influence in Central Asia, especially in Kazakhstan. Russia is no longer a regional hegemon, which may increase regional instability. Tensions between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are especially dangerous.
Gone is the era when Uzbekistan’s late president Islam Karimov was walling off his country from its immediate neighbours.
The ‘small stans’ will spend another year striving to recalibrate political and economic relations with Russia and China – and other players Turkey, Iran and the West – amid the geopolitical maelstrom triggered by Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
President says countries and financial institutions from which Bishkek borrowed could participate in construction of hydropower plants in his country.
Can safety protocols be maintained in a poor country like Kyrgyzstan, where corruption is rampant?
Making an example of group looks like attempt to put indefinite end to Kyrgyzstan’s periodic cycle of extra-parliamentary regime changes.
The pains of the education system are a vivid testament to the challenges ahead.
But a contentious procurement law in the works has fuelled scepticism about government claims to be fighting corruption.
As mutual recriminations fly over September’s short war, both Bishkek and Dushanbe are busy equipping their militaries with more arms.
Amid row over land deal with Uzbekistan, 22 critics of the government are detained. The stage is set for unrest.
Turkmenistan is trying to assume the role of energy supplier to Central Asia. Plus, showing off weapons while cash is tight. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
"There will be no peace until an arbitrator stands between us," says Kyrgyz defence minister. Tajiks, meanwhile, warn Kremlin security belt must be built around Afghanistan.
Winston Churchill once alluded to Kremlin power struggles as 'bulldogs fighting under a carpet' but the barking was remarkably audible when Tajik President Emomali made a rare and emotional speech calling on Russia for "respect"
More than a military alliance analogous to Nato, the bloc is a political entity. But analysts have never agreed on its exact purpose.
The number of European countries friendly towards Moscow has dwindled to just a handful since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February.
The disastrous Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a geopolitical tectonic shift. The five ‘stans’ are looking at other foreign partner options.
Sadyr Japarov takes decision not to attend St Petersburg CIS event with anger at home over Tajikistan’s September “invasion” still raw.
Though Russia has offered to mediate, a feeling prevails among some parties that the Kremlin is supportive of Tajik strongman Rahmon.
Around 120,000 people evacuated from homes in area of Kyrgyzstan where fierce fighting is ongoing. Heavy exchanges of gunfire and shelling.