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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31 Aug 12

Security concerns in Central Asia and Afghanistan and economic issues are likely to top the agenda when Uzbek president Islam Karimov visits his Kazak counterpart Nursultan Nazarbaev next week.

Performers and soldiers rehearse for an Independence Day concert in Urgench in northwestern Uzbekistan. (Photo: IWPR)
30 Aug 12

Police and soldiers were out on the streets checking IDs as security was stepped up for Uzbekistan’s Independence Day on September 1.

Sergei Ignatyev’s paintings attempt to convey the horrors of Uzbekistan's prison system. (Photo courtesy of S. Ignatyev)
29 Aug 12

An exhibition of paintings depicting the brutality of Uzbekistan’s prison system goes on tour this autumn, in what artist Sergei Ignatyev says is an attempt to use art in support of human rig

29 Aug 12

Industrial action is extremely rare in Turkmenistan, because of the fear of retribution in this police state.

Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake addresses journalists in Tashkent, August 17, 2012. (Photo: IWPR)
21 Aug 12

The top United States diplomat dealing with Central Asia was quizzed about political prisoners in Uzbekistan when he met local journalists during a visit to Tashkent on August 17.

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