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

“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…)


Denis Berdakov: The primary tendencies and problems facing the development of Kyrgyzstan’s media sphere

“Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia is a good example of how even a more or less free Fourth Estate can remain unable to affect change in society if key institutions and Western-style governance practices are not functioning and there is a lack of any “civil society ownership” on a mass scale,” – Political scientist Denis Berdakov examines the problems facing the development of the Kyrgyzstani media environment in this exclusive. (more…)


Zarema Askarova: Kyrgyzstan will elect a new president in 2017

“With the presidential election in less than a year, the president and his party need to make remarkable efforts in a short period of time, given the low rating of the Social Democratic Party in the last election, in order to regain the population’s trust” – expert Zarema Askarova, writing specially for, analyzes the political situation in Kyrgyzstan. (more…)


Atai Moldobaev: Kyrgyzstan’s unconventional problem with human trafficking

“It must be recognized that the problem of human trafficking is not conventional for Kyrgyzstan in the sense that the authorities do not fully understand what means and methods must be used to deal with, prevent, and detect these crimes,” – expert Atai Moldobaev, writing specially for, uncovers important aspects of the problem of human trafficking. (more…)


Indira Aslanova: Challenges and Achievements in The Implementation of the Concept of State Policy in the Religion Sphere in Kyrgyzstan

“Since the time of Independence, it is for the first time that a systematic work is being carried out to improve the quality of religious education; attempts are being made to reform religious studies; researches are being conducted on the religious situation in the country and the causes of radicalization of individuals”, – expert opinion of Indira Aslanova, specially for, as to what questions on religious issues should be given priority. (more…)


Iskender Sharsheyev: Administrative Problems of Kyrgyzstan’s State Budget

“Upkeep of the state apparatus should not exceed 15% of GDP, and anything greater should automatically invoke criminal responsibility upon members of the Kyrgyz Republic’s government,” – economist Iskender Sharsheyev, writing specially for, shares his views on Kyrgyzstan’s administration of the state budget. (more…)


Nazik Beishenaly: The Issues in Regulating Migration Flows in Kyrgyzstan

“From time to time there is discussion of the necessity of resorting to methods of stimulating the return of migrants. Migration, as a rule, weakens the economy of the sending country due to the drain on its human resources and becomes a source of conflict in the receiving country between local residents and the recent arrivals,” – Economist Nazik Beishenali examines the possible solutions for Kyrgyzstan’s migration problem in this exclusive. (more…)


Zainidin Kurmanov: The Twenty-Fifth Jubilee of the CIS: The Cart is Creaking, Falling Apart, But Not Moving

“The CIS as an international organization has an insufficient number of “common points”. Experts believe that by building a rigid power vertical, Russia, with its excessive ambitions deters CIS allies”- Professor Zainidin Kurmanov, specially for, writes about the outcomes of the CIS activities. (more…)


Ekaterina Kasymova: School Education Reforms in Kyrgyzstan: By Way of Traditions or Innovations?

“Ongoing efforts to reform the education system are carried out mainly by endless experimentation, often insufficiently thought-out and inconsistent. As a result, we are currently resorting to teaching load reduction,” – says expert Ekaterina Kasymova, specially for, pointing to the main problems of the school system. (more…)


Tamerlan Ibraimov: The Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic: an Analysis of Legislative Initiatives

“The nomination process regarding draft amendments to the constitution, their study, and advancement clearly demonstrate the role and place of parliament within the bodies of state power. The loyalty of parliamentary factions’ leaders to the president, with a few exceptions, looks almost absolute, regardless of the matter under discussion, even if it is so important as the Constitution itself.” –expert Tamerlan Ibraimov, writing specially for, analyzes legislative initiatives of Kyrgyzstan’s Jogorku Kenesh. (more…)