Tajikistan

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.

Tajik president’s 'nephews severely beat health minister after mother's COVID-19 death'

bne IntelIiNews July 27, 2021

Unconfirmed reporting says that many of Emomali Rahmon’s relatives have been hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms in recent weeks.

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.

CONFERENCE CALL: Afghanistan crucial to rebuilding ties between Central and South Asia

Clare Nuttall in Tashkent July 16, 2021

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.

bneGREEN: Drought causes mass livestock die-offs and irrigation water shortages in Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews July 15, 2021

Studies detect shifts in precipitation patterns in the Tian Shan mountains that supply region with much of its freshwater.

COMMENT: Uzbekistan will have to host Afghan refugees in the near future

independent analyst Abdulla Abdukadirov July 13, 2021

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.

Kremlin holds Afghan peace talks with Taliban in Moscow

Ben Aris in Berlin July 12, 2021

The delegation of top fighters turned up saying the Taliban already controls most of Afghanistan.

What does the Taliban’s ascendancy mean for Tajikistan?

Kamila Ibragimova a pseudonym for a journalist in Tajikistan July 10, 2021

Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan has fallen almost completely – if not fully – under Taliban control. How and when did this happen?

Kremlin talks with Tashkent and Dushanbe as concerns over Afghanistan instability grow

Ben Aris in Berlin July 6, 2021

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.

Taliban sweep through northern Afghanistan, forcing government troops to flee across border to Tajikistan

Ben Aris in Berlin July 5, 2021

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 frets about ISIS in Afghanistan, Central Asia looks sanguine

Euurasianet July 5, 2021

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.

Under half of emerging Europe economies to achieve full recovery in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

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.

Tajikistan: COVID-19 crisis escalates, forcing government to drop denials

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet June 24, 2021

China has delivered 300,000 doses of vaccine, but will the public want them?

Amid Afghanistan pullout observers ask if there's a place for a US military base in Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews June 23, 2021

Carnegie analyst identifies Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan as long-shot options.

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