Analytical materials

Language Policies of the Central Asian States 27.11.20

The publication “Language Policies of the Central Asian States ” was developed by Nurbek Bekmurzaev on the basis of the IWPR Representative Office in Central Asia and the regional analytical platform (more…)

Ready for (no) change: Pitfalls of Staying in Power in Turkmenistan

Constitutional reforms have already become traditional mechanisms for strengthening power in Central Asia. In an article specially for, expert Svetlana Dzardanova analyzes tactics and possible scenarios for the transit of power in Turkmenistan. (more…)

Why Kyrgyzstan Won’t Gain from the Protracted Border Dispute with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan?

“Completing delimitation and demarcation of state boundaries will not shelve the entire conflict potential. There is certainly a need for a lasting comprehensive approach with elaboration on an adequate and effective model of cross-border cooperation,” researcher Konstantin Larionov writes in an exclusive article for (more…)

Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States as an Instrument of Turkey’s Geopolitics in Central Asia

Specialist in international relations Adinay Kurmanbekova (Bishkek) discusses about the results achieved by the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States (CCTSS) and what its prospects are in an article, written specially for (more…)

Tajikistan and South Asia: How does the multi-vector foreign policy work?

Madina Arbobova 10.11.20

Countries such as India, Pakistan and Afghanistan are important partners for Tajikistan. However, with Russia and China present in Central Asia, not much attention has been paid to the South Asia region lately. The initially laid down multi-vector nature of Dushanbe’s foreign policy is no longer considered so relevant, but nevertheless, Tajikistan’s cooperation with its southern partners can still be called a priority. More in the following article for CABAR.Asia by specialist in international relations Madina Arbobova.


5+1: The Math of Geopolitics in Central Asia

Farkhod Tolipov 07.11.20

“It appears that the Great Game in Central Asia flares up again in much vigorous and quite peculiar manner. The Game is reflected in the mathematical model of geopolitics: it is “5+1=5” for the US, “5+1=6” for Russia, and “5+1=x” for China, so to speak,” Uzbek political analyst Farhod Tolipov writes in his article for (more…)

Could the Growing National Debt of Kyrgyzstan Lead to Default?

Nazik Imanbekova 04.11.20

«In the event of financial instability in Kyrgyzstan, multilateral creditors may increase the interest rates on loans or even refuse from further financing», Nazik Imanbekova sums up in an article for


Month in Review: Central Asia in October 2020

Arsen Omuraliev 02.11.20

October 2020 in Central Asia is remembered for the stable rise in the COVID-19 cases; recent elections in two countries; social turmoil and regime change in Kyrgyzstan; visits by the defense ministers of Russia and Turkey; another border conflict. The analytical platform provides a brief overview of the major events in the region over the past month. (more…)

The Art of Mythmaking as a Solution to Gaps in PVE Projects in Kyrgyzstan

Kunduz Kydyrova 30.10.20

Currently, projects aimed at countering extremism are being implemented according to the same scheme. However, much is not considered in such projects. In particular, no attention is paid to the psychological component, while the perception of ideas and information received is key in the spread of radical ideologies. Kunduz Kydyrova, an analyst at M-Vector and a member of the School of Analytics, discusses the need to apply a transdisciplinary approach in PVE projects and how mythmaking can help increase the effectiveness of such initiatives.


Discourses and Strategies for Solving Environmental Issues in Central Asia 28.10.20

The publication “Discourses and Strategies for Solving Environmental Issues in Central Asia ” was developed by Muslimbek Buriev on the basis of the IWPR Representative Office in Central Asia and the regional analytical platform (more…)