Unmanned aerial vehicles will be dual-use, with some civilian purposes. Flying drones has been banned in country since 2015.
A power outage illustrates in stark terms how much leverage Uzbekistan enjoys over its troubled neighbour to the south.
Uzbekistan is taking its “opening up” policy to the next level. A wary eye will watch for more instability in both Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. Growth is bouncing back with the worst of the Covid crisis over.
Uzbek insiders think they can avoid Kazakh-style unrest, but they’re not taking any chances.
With Kazakhstan experiencing its worst unrest in three decades of independence, Abakhon Sultonnazarov, Central Asia director of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), assesses latest developments and wider implications of the crisis.
Current Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are nowhere near enough to keep global warming within the 1.5°C target
Uzbekistan’s economy has taken off in the last two years as the reforms implemented by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev start to bear fruit. We collect our recent articles on the transformation in a special report.
Vladislav Zubok’s book Collapse: the fall of the Soviet Union examines the causes of the breakup of the Soviet Union and challenges the view that the collapse was inevitable.
NavoiAzot's renovation was kicked off in 2016 with some state-guaranteed credits, but since then it seems the investment drive has reached a critical mass, and NavoiAzot has attracted several partners. Business is booming.
Uzbekistan was one of the only two major economies in the world to avoid recession last year but now the economy is bouncing back. The new government hopes to lift the economy up by its bootstraps by smart spending and targeted privatisations.
Uzbekistan's most profitable bank, UzPromStroyBank is going to be the first big bank to be sold off as the country’s banking sector privatisation gets under way.
Many older citizens across the former Soviet Union look back nostalgically to the ‘golden age’ before the transition but few genuinely want a return to socialism.
Uzbekistan under its new president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, is a country gearing up for a bright future – in that the president wants to make sure there is enough power to keep all the lights on as both the economy and the population are growing fast.
Prison census finds number of journalists jailed around the world in 2021 hit a new record.
Uzbekistan's privatisation programme has been in development for several years, and now the first wave of candidate companies have been prepared the number of auctions is snowballing.
Nothing says “transformation” like mobile phone ownership and in five years Uzbekistan has seen an explosion of smartphone sales and telecoms services as the state-owned national champion Uztelecom has invested heavily into its infrastructure.
The lack of food security in Afghanistan may soon become a threat to the stability of many other countries.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was roundly criticised in September after he won re-election with a landslide, standing unopposed. But rather than ignore democratic values, the president has turned to the ancient system of Mahalla instead.
Bloc’s giant investment offer may appeal to countries worried by Chinese “debt-trap diplomacy”. Beijing warns against geopoliticising infrastructure.
Uzbekistan has a very long history of making luxury textiles and today the country is trying to revive them.