20 Jun 16 | Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Uzbekistan's Latest Answer to Facebook

The government wants to control people’s lives both online and offline.
The launch of yet another state-run social media site in Uzbekistan has served to highlight Tashkent’s contradictory approach to regime control of the internet.

It's Hard to be a Punk in Tajikistan

Economic troubles and official disapproval takes its toll on a dwindling subculture.
People stare when Mahina walks along the streets of Dushanbe. Dressed in denim and black leather accessoried with studded jewellery and facial piercings, the punk look cultivated by Mahina and her friends is a rare sight in the Tajik capital.

Opposition Over Russian-Armenian Air Defence

Fears that Moscow cannot be trusted as a guarantor of national security.
Critics of a proposed shared Armenian-Russian air defence system have continued to warn that Yerevan is risking the country’s sovereignty by pressing forward with the agreement.

Boosting Georgian Regional Media

This key sector can play an important role in supporting rule of law and combating radicalisation.
A group of young journalists from the regions of Georgia have received vital training in responsible reporting and countering violent extremism (CVE) as part of a joint IWPR initiative with a Lithuanian NGO.

Afghanistan: Stealing Chickens From Widows

Warnings that small-scale development projects are falling victim to corruption.
Locals in the southern province of Khost have complained that powerful men are exploiting their connections to routinely siphon off aid intended for needy women.

Afghan Province Sees More Women Teachers

Development seen as a long-overdue boost for improving girls’ education.
The number of female teachers working in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar has significantly grown over the last two years, according to local officials.

Afghan Police: More Female Officers Needed

Ongoing violence and social prejudice has led to a severe deficit of policewomen.
Conservative traditions and family opposition are still preventing women from signing up to the Afghan police force, according to speakers at an IWPR debate in Parwan province.