This article was originally published by ZOIS Spotlight “This is our homeland High, high mountains at one with the blue sky” Aga-Ini – Bizdin Meken (Our homeland) Rap music – for European listeners – is mainly associated with boasting and hedonistic motifs. But … Continue reading “I wanna hear Kyrgyz spoken in my capital”
August 24, 2017. A friend and I arrive in Murghab, Tajikistan, after an eight hour-long drive full of tea-drinking pauses at random houses, helping broken cars on the extremely solitary Pamir Highway, and experiencing a headache caused by the 4000-metre … Continue reading Murghab: post-apocalyptic scenery in the Pamir region of Tajikistan
This article is part of a collaboration between The Perspective Webzine and Lossi 36. The Perspective Webzine is a student based web magazine created and led by Lund University’s Association of Foreign Affairs (UPF). Should you ever find yourself venturing into the … Continue reading Where did all the men go? How Tajik migrants make their home country go around
The first President of independent Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, symbolically resigned on March 19th, 2019, at 19:00 Astana time. His resignation was sudden and shocking, and we worried about what would happen next. On March 20th, the new Acting President, Kasym-Zhomart … Continue reading Living in ambiguity: Nazarbayev’s resignation has not been life-changing
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