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Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Disproving the discourse of danger: Kazakhstan at thirty

Central Asian independence in the 1990s spawned enormous anxiety among observers who foresaw cascading threats of Islamic terrorism, internecine war, ethnic conflicts within or between these states, or violence between Russian settlers and their new governments. Thirty years on, Kazakhstan has steered past many of these potential flashpoints and avoided the "discourse of danger."

New Atlanticist by Stephen Blank

Central Asia Coronavirus

Fri, Jun 12, 2020

US foreign policy and Euro-Caspian energy security: The time is now to build the Trans-Caspian Pipeline

The Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) represents a historic success for Azerbaijan and the European Union (EU) in regard to their common quest for new energy supply sources and routes. Over the last decade, the EU has intensified its efforts to expand the SGC, seeking to attract gas from Turkmenistan. The time is now ripe to connect Turkmen gas with SGC infrastructure and the European market through a Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline.

EnergySource by Matthew Bryza, Robert M. Cutler, and Giorgi Vashakmadze

Central Asia Energy & Environment

Mon, Jun 1, 2020

The role of Russia and the Russian language in post-Karimov Uzbekistan

Hardening on language policy at the expense of the Russian language is a significant reversal from Karimov’s tacit encouragement of pluralism.

New Atlanticist by Jennifer Murtazashvili

Central Asia Democratic Transitions

Mon, May 4, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic puts Central Asia’s resilience to the test

The repercussions of the global economic downturn will likely be amplified in Central Asia, where healthcare resources are limited, supply chains are vulnerable, and government revenues are dependent on commodity prices.

New Atlanticist by Ariel Cohen

Central Asia Coronavirus

Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Cohen in Newsweek: Pandemic or not, the US can’t afford to drop the ball on peace in Afghanistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Central Asia

Sun, Mar 22, 2020

Haring and Klain in The National Interest: Why Autocrats Love Coronavirus

Authoritarian leaders are constantly searching for scapegoats, working to rile up the fears of their populace, and trying to tighten their grips. To them, the coronavirus pandemic is a bonanza—the liberal democracies that would typically call them out for their violence and repression are distracted with the necessities of stopping the virus in their home […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Central Asia Coronavirus

Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Cohen in Forbes: Central Asia needs a financing solution to low oil prices

In the News by Atlantic Council

Central Asia Energy & Environment

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

The Greater Caspian region: A new Silk Road, with or without a new belt

With the signing of a US-Taliban peace agreement, now might be a good time to look ahead to how Afghanistan might strengthen its economic connectivity with both its neighbors and more distant markets.

Long Take by Matthew Bryza

Afghanistan Central Asia

Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Passing the baton in Turkmenistan

The capital, Ashgabat, is whispering that the president plans to place his son Serdar in a leadership role, while he takes on the mantle of sage advisor, becoming the power behind the throne (rather than on it). In essence, Berdimuhamedow is securing hereditary succession for his son, while retaining power.

New Atlanticist by Victoria Clement

Central Asia Democratic Transitions

Wed, Oct 9, 2019

How governments can use cyber tools irresponsibly to preserve power

The Kazakh case serves as an example of irresponsible cyber statecraft, when governments use cyberspace and technological tools to achieve specific political goals, placing the rights of citizens, as well as their political legitimacy, on the line.

New Atlanticist by Safa Shahwan

Central Asia Cybersecurity