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Kyrgyzstan: Governments change but the environmental problems remain

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek is gradually turning from one of the greenest cities of the former Soviet Union into a gassed and smoggy one. The public outrage intensifies in cold seasons, when a shroud of smog covers Bishkek, and subsides in spring. The Government and state agencies regularly make decisions to improve the environmental situation in the capital but it is getting worse every year.

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A comprehensive reform program is key to development and shared prosperity in Tajikistan

  • Written by Jan-Peter Olters

DUSHANBE (TCA) — The International Entrepreneurship Forum held earlier this month in Tajikistan has demonstrated a widespread recognition of the potential effectiveness of a reform program that would provide the private sector with sufficient space and security for more dynamic business activities, states Jan-Peter Olters, World Bank Country Manager for Tajikistan, in the following opinion article, originally published on the World Bank website:

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Is Russia becoming Central Asia’s ‘near abroad’?

  • Written by S. Frederick Starr

BISHKEK (TCA) — Russia's relationship to Central Asia has always been distinctive and ambiguous. Only in the 20th century did it develop a deep sense of mission in this region. Today, Central Asia is fast recovering its traditional regional spirit, which increasingly impacts its former imperial ruler. As this happens, Russia, while remaining a force to be reckoned with in Central Asia, is also becoming an object of Central Asian geopolitical and cultural influence. Hence the notion of Russia as Central Asia's "near abroad". We are publishing excerpts from an address at Kennan Institute, Washington, D.C. on 2 October 2018 by S. Frederick Starr, Founding Chairman and Distinguished Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, American Foreign Policy Council, and Founding Director, Kennan Institute:

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Caspian Convention signing and the implications for Trans-Caspian gas pipeline

  • Written by Ilgar Gurbanov

BISHKEK (TCA) — Even after the signing of the Caspian Sea’s Legal Status Convention, prospects of Turkmenistan being someday able to export its natural gas via the proposed Trans-Caspian gas pipeline remain vague and problematic. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Ilgar Gurbanov, originally published by The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor:

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UNGA adopts resolution on strengthening cooperation in Central Asia

  • Written by Batir Tursunov

BISHKEK (TCA) — Uzbekistan under the new President Mirziyoyev has pursued a new regional policy in Central Asia which has received support of all the other Central Asian countries, as it is aimed at ensuring stability and prosperity in this important region. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Batir Tursunov*, originally published by the CACI Analyst:

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Kyrgyzstan: Economy in decline but government optimistic on growth

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — Many Kyrgyzstanis are not happy with the current economic situation in their country, and the latest statistical data prove that. According to the National Statistical Committee, the country’s GDP lowered 0.2% over the first seven months of 2018. The state budget deficit is growing, as the state spends more than it earns.

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Central Asia: Investing today for a brighter future tomorrow

  • Written by Lilia Burunciuc

BISHKEK (TCA) — Education is a vitally important asset for young people in Central Asian countries, given that hundreds of thousands of labor migrants from these countries have to earn their living abroad — often doing low-skilled work. We are publishing this article written by Lilia Burunciuc, World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia:

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Risky business: A case study of PRC investment in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

  • Written by Danny Anderson

BISHKEK (TCA) — China is increasing its economic presence in Central Asia, with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan being particularly dependent on Chinese loans and infrastructure investment. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Danny Anderson, originally published by The Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief:

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Why an attack by grassroots jihadists in Tajikistan matters

  • Written by Scott Stewart

DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan has experienced the first attack claimed by the Islamic State in the Central Asia region, and with its young and impoverished population, the country may see increasing radicalization, especially among the youth. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Scott Stewart, originally published by Stratfor:

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Afghanistan-Iran trade corridors to bear fruit for both India and China

  • Written by Tristan Kenderdine

BISHKEK (TCA) — Afghanistan’s economy, agriculture and growing exports are set to benefit from China’s transport infrastructure and trade expansion projects in Central and South Asia. We are republishing this article on the issue, written by Tristan Kenderdine, originally published by the CACI Analyst:

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