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Moscow’s approach to Central Asia fails to reflect new realities, Uzbek scholar says

  • Written by Paul Goble

BISHKEK (TCA) — Russia’s political elite is a hostage of outdated imperial ideas and pretensions Moscow has toward Central Asia — a region that is now increasingly different from its common Soviet past with today’s Russia. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Paul Goble:

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Improving learning outcomes: What lessons can Central Asia countries learn from COVID-19 crisis?

  • Written by Lilia Burunciuc

BISHKEK (TCA) — The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a stress test for education in Central Asia countries, as schools in the region were closed for quarantine and, for the first time ever, were switched to distance learning. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Lilia Burunciuc, World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia, originally published on the World Bank’s official website:

Read more: Improving learning outcomes: What lessons can Central Asia countries learn from COVID-19 crisis?

Transforming education in Uzbekistan: a President’s initiative

  • Written by Steve King*

TASHKENT (TCA) — Stories and reminders of Uzbekistan’s great scientists and scholars of the past can be found everywhere in the country. Travellers on the magnificent Tashkent subway, when stopping at the Kosmonavtlar station, can walk the length of the platform and view a gallery of those who built, influenced and pioneered the Soviet space program. In chronological order, this starts with Mirzo Ulugbek, whose 15th century pioneering work on astronomy-related mathematics and trigonometry, as well as the building of the Ulugh Beg Observatory helped set this part of the world on a course that eventually sent Yuri Gagarin into space in 1961.

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US presence in Central Asia: realities and perspectives

  • Written by Nurlan Aliyev

BISHKEK (TCA) — The countries of Central Asia are interested in enhanced relations with the United States as they need to have a partner whose presence in the region allows the Central Asian states to have more freedom of maneuver in their relations with Russia and China. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Nurlan Aliyev:

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Seventy-four percent of Uzbeks support joining Moscow-led Eurasian Union

  • Written by Umida Hashimova

TASHKENT (TCA) — Most people in Uzbekistan support their country’s possible membership in the Eurasian Economic Union, which unites Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. Joining the bloc promises economic advantages for Uzbekistan and its citizens, but political implications of the move are uncertain. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Umida Hashimova:

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Shalva Natelashvili: Fighting for political change in Georgia

  • Written by TCA

TBILISI (TCA) — Sixty-two year old Shalva Natelashvili is no ordinary Georgian politician. Born in the northern mountainous part of Georgia, he graduated from Tbilisi State University with a degree in Law before pursuing a post-graduate degree at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He began his career in the General Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia, later becoming head of the Department for International Relations. In 2004 he studied in the Leadership Programme of the US State Department earning an honorary position as envoy of the state of Louisiana. He is known to be a peace ambassador and founded the Georgian Labour Party in 1995 to help bring about change in his country after independence. TCA is republishing the following interview with this man of change, recently taken by Marat Akhmedjanov, originally published in Open Central Asia magazine:

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COVID-19 and Afghanistan's conflict dynamics

  • Written by Sudha Ramachandran

KABUL (TCA) — The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity for the Afghan government and the Taliban to work together to improve access of Afghans to treatment for the new disease, and such collaboration has the potential of providing a foundation for future cooperation in the peace process. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Sudha Ramachandran:

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Central Asia caught in economic perfect storm amid oil price collapse and COVID-19 pandemic

  • Written by Azad Garibov

BISHKEK (TCA) — The countries of Central Asia are poised to face the economic consequences of COVID-19-related lockdowns combined with collapsing oil prices, reduction of natural gas exports, and decline in remittances. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Azad Garibov:

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The Eurasian Union flunks its stress test

  • Written by Stephen Blank

BISHKEK (TCA) — In the time of the coronavirus and oil price crises, the Central Asian members of Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union — Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan — as well as other countries of the region, as Uzbekistan, could see that Russia is not the one they could rely upon during hard times. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Stephen Blank:

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Kyrgyzstan: A time for bold decisions to restore economy and move forward

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Closure of state borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the foreign trade of Kyrgyzstan and, accordingly, state budget revenues. Imports of goods to Kyrgyzstan have decreased by 39% and customs revenues to the state budget dropped by 40% in the first quarter of 2020.

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Kyrgyzstan: April Revolution anniversary, food security and business support

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan planned to widely celebrate the 10th anniversary of the April Revolution on April 7. To perpetuate the memory of the heroes of the April 2010 events, the Taazim (Tribute) Memorial Museum was built. But mass events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the whole world including Kyrgyzstan.

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Central Asia nervously awaits withdrawal of foreign militaries from Afghanistan

  • Written by John C. K. Daly

BISHKEK (TCA) — The Central Asia nations of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan — which share borders with Afghanistan — are particularly concerned whether the planned withdrawal of US-led coalition forces from the war-torn country will lead to a situation capable of posing a security threat for the post-Soviet republics. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by John C. K. Daly*:

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Kazakhstan: President Tokayev embarks on a turbulent second year in office

  • Written by George Voloshin

NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — As President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev has entered his second year in office, Kazakhstan is facing economic challenges caused by low oil prices and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by George Voloshin:

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Uzbekistan temporarily chooses observer status instead of full membership in Eurasian Union

  • Written by Umida Hashimova

TASHKENT (TCA) — By initially opting for observer status rather than pursuing full Eurasian Economic Union membership, Uzbekistan is showing its sensitivity to concerns expressed by its Western partners, and Tashkent’s cautious attitude to EEU entry will give the Uzbek government some time to finally weigh all pros and cons of such decision. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Umida Hashimova:

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Central Asia’s next transformation

  • Written by Lilia Burunciuc and Ivailo Izvorski

BISHKEK (TCA) — The post-Soviet countries of Central Asia now have good opportunities to boost their economies and improve the living standards of their populations. This requires better use of the region’s potential and more regional integration. We are publishing the following opinion article on the issue, written by Lilia Burunciuc, regional director of the World Bank in Central Asia, and Ivailo Izvorski, World Bank lead economist for Central Asia:

Read more: Central Asia’s next transformation

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