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Kyrgyzstan: The Villages Trapped by Border Discord
At the height of the recent border standoff between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a crew of journalists from Bishkek-based news website Kloop.kg made the arduous trek to the remote location to find out more.
Central Asian Borderlands: The Pamirs
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The Pamir Mountains served as a natural boundary between two old empires – Chinese and Russian. Stretching for hundreds of miles, and reaching an elevation of 7,500 meters (24,000 feet), the Pamirs are so remote that, even in this era of globalization, few travelers ever reach this corner of the world.
Central Asia: Interpreting and Remembering the 1916 Revolt
“You must have some more of these potatoes,” the scholar next to me urged, ladling out beshbarmak, a tasty mixture of meat, flat noodles and broth that is widely considered Kazakhstan’s national dish. “They’re from Narynkol, one of the centers of the revolt.”
Kyrgyzstan: Medieval Philosopher Reclaimed as National Hero
When the 11th-century philosopher and poet Yusuf Balasaguni published a work on the principles of just governance, his ideas quickly gained traction among the rulers of the Karakhanid khanate in which he lived.
Kyrgyzstan Faces Mounting Debt Pile
An International Monetary Fund official is sounding the alarm over Kyrgyzstan’s rapidly mounting pile of sovereign debt.
Water and Land Issues Dividing Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
As strangers approached, a trio of soldiers guarding the dirt track leading to the Kasan-sai reservoir emerged warily from the bushes, rifles at the ready.
Kyrgyzstan: Atambayev Turns up Heat in Political Row
President Almazbek Atambayev is raising the stakes in his souring confrontation with former allies by calling on the Prosecutor General to investigate fellow members of the interim government that he led in 2010.
Turkey: Effort to Force Closure of Gülen Schools Falling Flat in Eurasia
As part of a wide-ranging clampdown in the aftermath of the failed July coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s administration has urged countries in Eurasia to shut down schools associated with the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen. But outside of Azerbaijan, the call does not seem to be swaying Eurasian governments.
Kyrgyzstan: Nomad Games Looking to Gain Legitimacy
Imagine if the Olympic Games were held in Genghis Khan’s day – with fields full of galloping archers, competitive birds of prey, horse races and wrestling, and of course, horsemen clashing over a goat carcass. Now add selfie sticks and shuttle buses – and you’ve got what the World Nomad Games were like.
Central Asia: Measuring the Geopolitical Impact of the Bishkek Bombing
While attention in Central Asia in late August was fixated on the looming leadership transition in Uzbekistan, another event with even greater potential to reshape the region occurred in Kyrgyzstan: an apparent suicide bomber attacked the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, killing himself and wounding at least three others.
Suicide Bomber Wounds 3 in Kyrgyzstan
The Foreign Ministry of China has condemned the bombing at the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, and has urged the Kyrgyzstan government to investigate thoroughly.
Suicide Bomber Attacks Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan
Three people were wounded in the assault, which the Central Asian country’s government called “a terrorist act.”
Moscow Warehouse Fire Kills at Least 17 Migrant Workers
Most of the warehouse’s workers were from Kyrgyzstan, and a Kyrgyz representative in Moscow said all of the victims were young women.
Turkey Says Airport Bombers Were From Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Uzbekistan
Officials have blamed the Islamic State for the attack in which dozens were killed, and raids and arrests have been carried out across the country.
Addicts in Kyrgyzstan Fight to Break Heroin’s Grip, Armed With Stones
Rocks have helped men from a conservative culture talk about addiction, making them an integral element in one clinic’s treatment strategy.
Review: Seán Curran Company in a Cross-Cultural Exchange
Mr. Curran’s “Dream’d in a Dream” features music played by the Ustatshakirt Plus ensemble from Kyrgyzstan.
Kazakhstan’s Currency Plunges
Financial analysts say the currencies of Kazakhstan’s neighbors in Central Asia will likely fall, as well.
Kyrgyzstan: 4 Militants Die in Shootout in the Capital
Four militants linked to a terrorist organization have been killed in a shootout in the country’s capital, Bishkek, officials said Thursday.
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