As a so-called terrorist and enemy of the people according to the former Uzbek regime, long-time human rights defender Elena Urlaeva has also been called the bravest person in her native Uzbekistan more than once. Now that she is able … Continue reading From “terrorist” to human rights defender: a conversation with Elena Urlaeva
On the one hand we have a grandiose UN report on climate change, on the other, states whose incumbent political leaders don’t really care about the environment unless it directly affects their constituencies. Kazakhstan represents a paradigmatic case, and as … Continue reading Kazakhstan, or what you’ll find between China and climate change
Emerging as a new and independent state after the fall of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan has remained one of the world’s most isolated countries under the rule of President Islam Karimov. This month marks the two year anniversary since Karimov’s … Continue reading Uzbekistan post-Karimov: a real thaw or just a case of black ice?
In recent years China’s political influence in Central Asia has been growing steadily. With Russian preeminence in the region being somewhat challenged, China has showed its willingness to manoeuvre through regional party elites when necessary. At the end of the … Continue reading A Trojan horse? China’s latest moves in Central Asia