Latest Articles about Central Asia

Afghan military outpost in Kunudz (Source: Reuters)

Security Situation Along Afghan-Tajik Border Alarms Regional Powers

Two high-ranking Russian security officials—General Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Security Council of Russia, and General Nikolai Bordyuzha, secretary general of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)—recently paid official visits to Tajikistan within days of one another. Generals Patrushev and Bordyuzha met with... MORE
Gulmurod Halimov (Source:

A Profile of Gulmurod Halimov: Islamic State’s New Minister of War

According to Iraqi media outlets citing unnamed security officials, in early September Islamic State (IS) appointed the former commander of Tajikistan’s paramilitary police (OMON), Gulmurod Halimov, to the position of IS’ military leader (а [Baghdad], September 3). Halimov is alleged to have replaced former “Minister... MORE
Uzbeksitan's interim president Shavkat Mirziyaev (Source: AP)

Will Mirziyaev Initiate Long-Awaited Reforms in Uzbekistan?

With Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev settling into Uzbekistan’s top spot as interim head of state following the death of President Islam Karimov (see EDM, September 8), questions have been mounting about the new leader’s background and what Mirziyaev-era Uzbekistan will look like. According to forecasts,... MORE
The disputed Ungar-Too mountain (Source:

New Standoff Between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan became embroiled in a fresh standoff over the disputed mountain Ungar-Too, located on the border. The latest incident once more highlighted the need for rapid and radical efforts to improve bilateral relations and eliminate tensions between the two neighboring countries. On August... MORE
Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev with the late Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan (Source: Tengrinews)

Generational Change in Central Asia about More Than Just Leaders

The death of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov at 78 has focused attention on the issue of generational change both past and present across post-Soviet Central Asia. Given the central role played by these five republics’ presidents in the aftermath of the Soviet Union, that is... MORE
Dauren Abayev, new Minister of Information and Communication (Source:

New Generation of Politicians Set to Play Growing Role in Kazakhstan

After long years of model stability, Kazakhstan is currently facing increasing turbulence in its economy and security. The country continues to struggle with the negative repercussions of the oil market slowdown, which has exacerbated social tensions domestically—most notably observed in the country-wide protests over land... MORE