Tajikistan

FPRI BMB Ukraine: Central Asia surprisingly neutral on Russian war in Ukraine

Alexander Thomas for FPRI BMB Ukraine June 30, 2022

To the surprise of many, each of the Central Asian Republics has maintained a neutral stance on Russia’s military operations in Ukraine.

A maze of smuggler tunnels: the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan border

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva for Eurasianet June 28, 2022

The four smuggling tunnels found so far may only be a small part of the total.

Tajikistan: Citizen journalists targeted by relentless repression machine

Eurasianet June 22, 2022

Conventional media outlets have all been obliterated by the government.

Book review | China’s “detached” power

Maximilian Hess for EurasiaNet June 21, 2022

A new book exposes the hollowness of many Western assumptions about China’s role in Central Asia.

As Russian economy sputters, UK lures Central Asian labour migrants

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet June 17, 2022

More than 7,000 Kyrgyz nationals applied for seasonal farming jobs in Britain

China hectors Central Asia to steer clear of big power politics

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet June 9, 2022

Foreign Minister Wang Yi used a visit to Central Asia to talk about the United States. But his counterparts wanted to talk business.

Explainer | Why Tajikistan’s Pamiris don’t trust their government

Bruce Pannier for Eurasianet May 25, 2022

Dushanbe wants obedience but treats the region as something to be exploited and ignored.

CEE companies weather the COVID-19 crisis

Robert Anderson in Prague May 23, 2022

Prompt and decisive government intervention, financial lifelines and firms’ involvement in global value chains have helped minimise insolvencies, says EIB/EBRD report.

UN rapporteur issues chilling Tajikistan ‘civil war’ warning

bne IntelIiNews May 22, 2022

After so-called anti-terrorism operation in GBAO that may have led to the deaths of 40 or more people, many Pamiris said to be living in fear of return to violent 1990s conflict.

Nine dead after Tajikistan launches ‘anti-terrorist operation’ in GBAO

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty May 19, 2022

Restive region has seen series of protests since death in custody of activist arrested as kidnapping suspect. No evidence of terrorists in midst of protesters has been presented by authorities.

Iran, Tajikistan unveil military drone factory in Dushanbe

bne IntelIiNews May 17, 2022

Allies step up defence cooperation as security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates. Iranians have rapidly become a big regional drone power.

Lukashenko hits out at lack of unity shown by member nations of Russia-led military bloc

bne IntelIiNews May 17, 2022

In front of Putin in Moscow, Belarusian dictator addresses counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Perspectives | Does a Russian bank merit a sanctions waiver for Central Asia?

Maximilian Hess for EurasiaNet May 5, 2022

Transkapitalbank has requested the US Treasury let it continue to operate in Central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan alarmed by Tajikistan’s reported purchase of Bayraktar drones

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet April 28, 2022

Kyrgyzstan had hoped its own acquisition of the same drones last year would give it a strategic edge over Tajikistan.

Perspectives | Facing food crisis, Tajikistan returns to Washington with begging bowl

Maximilian Hess for EurasiaNet April 20, 2022

Dushanbe is dependent on Russia and indebted to China. Will the IMF come to the rescue?

China makes fresh forays into gold mining sector in Tajikistan

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet April 17, 2022

Chinese investors often get generous tax breaks in the country.

LONG READ: Afghanistan key to uncorking Russia's access to South Asia

bne IntelIiNews April 4, 2022

To the West, Russia is once more viewed as an international pariah. For a viable economic path, Moscow must look east and south across Asia. Afghanistan as well as Central Asia could be crucial to its plans.

Don’t forget Afghanistan, pleads Uzbekistan, as Ukraine war rages

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet April 3, 2022

Russia used the meeting in China to emphasise its importance in Central Asia.

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