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”.
It’s bad news for plans to expand farming, but even worse for herders.
Unconfirmed reporting says that many of Emomali Rahmon’s relatives have been hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms in recent weeks.
Moscow wants to heavily constrain Washington's scope for action, however.
There is strong political will to forge trade, transport and energy links between Central and South Asia, but achieving this depends on restoring peace in Afghanistan.
Studies detect shifts in precipitation patterns in the Tian Shan mountains that supply region with much of its freshwater.
Issue one of many to be addressed by July 15-16 conference, "Central and South Asia: regional dependence. Threats and opportunities", convened on initiative of Uzbek president.
The delegation of top fighters turned up saying the Taliban already controls most of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan has fallen almost completely – if not fully – under Taliban control. How and when did this happen?
Russian President Vladimir Putin talked with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon by phone on June 5 as the leaders become increasingly concerned with the fighting that has broken out in Afghanistan.
The Taliban launched an assault on the northern regions of Afghanistan against government troops about a week ago and have rapidly captured most of the northern provinces.
Russia says it is worried that the Islamic State is gaining strength apace in northern Afghanistan. The United States looks to be bracing itself for a collapsing Afghanistan. But Central Asian states neighbouring Afghanistan are much more sanguine.
EBRD says recovery from the coronacrisis is progressing faster than expected, but many emerging Europe economies won’t return to 2019 levels of GDP until 2022.
China has delivered 300,000 doses of vaccine, but will the public want them?
Carnegie analyst identifies Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan as long-shot options.