News Briefing Central Asia

Running since 2006, News Briefing Central Asia is a multilingual news analysis and comment service focusing on Central Asia’s two most closed states, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Drawing on unique insights and the expertise of a broad range of commentators and experts, the stories cover political and economic developments in the two states and their extremely poor records on human rights, media freedom and democracy.

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Students in Turkmen national costume wait for their turn to perform at one of the many state-organised celebrations.(Photo: IWPR)
21 Sep 12

The Central Asian state of Turkmenistan has so many celebrations that it often seems that one is only just over when the next one starts.

College students sent to pick cotton in Uzbekistan’s Khorezm region, September 2012. (Photo: IWPR)
18 Sep 12

As the harvest gets under way in Uzbekistan’s massive cotton industry, experts say the heavy reliance on human labour reflects a dire shortage of farm machinery.

The Ruhnama, the book written by Turkmenistan's last president. (Photo: IWPR)
11 Sep 12

Nearly six years after the death of Turkmen president Saparmurat Niazov, the book he wrote as a set of instructions for the nation refuses to go away.

11 Sep 12

Officials in Uzbekistan say the unemployment rate has fallen below five per cent, a figure disputed by other sources. 

7 Sep 12

The Uzbek authorities’ pursuit of a Russian-owned mobile phone company looks like part of a familiar pattern of inviting foreign companies into the country, only to turn against them later an

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