Interviews

What is the Situation with Religious Education in Central Asia? Interview with Sebastien Peyrouse

Ermek Baisalov 23.07.20

«The Central Asian governments need to get out of a mindset that still retains the Soviet legacy of separation of state and religion understood as the prohibition of religion interfering in affairs of the state, but under which the state has the right to control all, or the majority of, religious activities» – said Sebastian Peyrouse, research professor of the Central Asian Program at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Relations in the interview with CABAR.asia.

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Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act. Interview with Sean Roberts

Ermek Baisalov 22.06.20

On June 17, US President Donald Trump signed into law on sanctions against China. The document imposes sanctions on those who are responsible for human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. Dr Sean R. Roberts, an American anthropologist, researcher on Central Asia and Uyghurs, director of the International Development Studies Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Relations in an interview with CABAR.asia explains what does the new law mean.

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Tajikistan: transparency is needed to effectively fight the coronavirus [interview]

CABAR.asia 18.05.20

Mirzo Hojimuhammad, a top Tajik doctor, notes that the authorities were late in recognizing the existence of the coronavirus. (more…)

Sharipbai Utegenov: Veterans of Afghan War Unhappy with Law They Expected for 20 Years

Why Kazakhstan veterans of Afghan War are unhappy with the law “On veterans” to be adopted in their country, what should it contain in their opinion, and how they are going to achieve that. These are the things that were told to CABAR.asia by Sharipbai Utegenov, a chair of the Union of Veterans of Afghan War and local wars of Kazakhstan and a deputy chair of the Committee for Internationalist Soldiers Affairs of the council of the heads of CIS member state governments.

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Kosim Bekmuhammad: Kabul is mistaken thinking that that the Taliban will become part of the government

CABAR.asia 22.04.20

If the United Stated leaves Afghanistan, Central Asia could become a corridor through which radical movements will carry out hostile actions against Russia and China, said Kosim Bekmuhammad, a Tajik expert on regional issues.

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What solutions from Asia-Pacific can use Central Asian countries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Many countries are looking for the most effective approaches in the fight against coronavirus and trying to overcome the economic crisis. UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana discusses the best practices of Asia-Pacific countries, that can be used in Central Asia, and other issues in an exclusive interview for CABAR.asia (more…)

Inga Sikorskaya: It Is Necessary to Foster Independent Journalism

CABAR.asia 19.03.20

Inga Sikorskaya, media expert and the Director of the research organization School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia, in CABAR.asia interview spoke about freedom of speech and hate speech, about the struggle for an independent media and challenges that journalists face. (more…)

Dr Troy Sternberg: The Biggest Issue is Not an Environment, It’s the Management

Ermek Baisalov 18.03.20

Dr Troy Sternberg, British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Oxford University (UK), on an interview with CABAR.asia told about why there are conflicts between residents and investors in the mining sector, the environmental threats of Central Asian countries and the role of water in nature.

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Pascal Lorot: France – a Perfect Partner for Central Asian States

Special representative of the French government for economic diplomacy in Central Asia Pascal Lorot told in the interview to CABAR.asia about the strategic role of Central Asian countries for France, priority directions of cooperation, as well as the countries it develops more actively with and why. (more…)