Staff Policy in Central Asian States: Stability vs. Perturbations 28.04.18

“Political and social stability today depends on the intensity and effectiveness of staff perturbations: the more active the positive processes in staff policy changes are, the more stable the country will be,” Valentin Bogatyrev said at the expert meeting organised by IWPR in Bishkek. (more…)

Rafael Sattarov: New Afghan Wind in Uzbekistan 27.04.18

“Today the old stereotype is gradually falling away, and the countries of Central Asia are already trying to include Afghanistan in their international agendas” – notes political scientist Rafael Sattarov in an article written specifically for (more…)

Christopher Schwartz:  The major powers prefer establishing overlapping spheres of influence rather than competing in a zero-sum game 20.04.18

“Contrary to the ‘grand Chess table’ image of the Great Game paradigm, the major powers at work in Central Asia appear to prefer accommodating each other and establishing overlapping spheres of influence rather than competing in a zero-sum game”, – notes Christopher Schwartz, a journalist and academic with the American University of Central Asia, in an exclusive interview for (more…)

Zainab Muhammad-Dost: Uzbekistan can gain a significant position in new European Union strategy 19.04.18

“Not only can Uzbekistan elevate relations to a new level but also contribute to the formation of the EU’s strategy in the region” – expert Zainab Dost, writing specially for, speaks about new trends in EU-Uzbekistan relations. (more…)

Regional conflicts in Central Asia: issues of identity and EU experience 06.04.18

“For me, the term Central Asian region comes from the outside. In particular, Europeans see the post-Soviet republics as a single region. However, the Central Asian countries do not perceive themselves necessarily as part of a single or integral region” suggests Professor Dr. Thorsten Bonacker in an interview to (more…)