Why Kazakhstan Introduces Quotas for Women and Young People?

Zulfiya Raissova 05.06.20

On May 25, the president of Kazakhstan Kassym Zhomart-Tokayev signed amendments to the elections law. They introduce mandatory 30 per cent quotas for women and young people into voting lists of political parties. (more…)

5-Stan Podcast: Journalists’ and Civil Society Activists’ Role in Countering COVID-19 Coronavirus in Tajikistan 31.05.20

Tajikistan confirmed the first COVID-19 cases only on April 30, and became one of the last Central Asian countries to report it (except Turkmenistan, which still reports the absence of coronavirus). At first, the country’s healthcare system was not prepared for the pandemic. The citizens of the republic themselves assisted doctors and healthcare workers. (more…)

5-Stan Podcast: How to Resolve Conflicts on the Border Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan? 28.05.20

For many years, the border problems between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan can not only be resolved, but they often go into a pressing conflict phase. This issue of the podcast is dedicated to finding answers to current questions on this topic.


Kyrgyzstan: What’s Wrong with New Draft Law “On Information Manipulation”? 26.05.20

The document was brought up for public discussion. It must protect the Kyrgyzstanis from fake or unreliable information on the internet. In fact, it imposes censorship and violates the right to the freedom of speech. (more…)

The armies of the countries of Central Asia: numbers and real combat effectiveness

Zulfiya Raissova 22.05.20

After the USSR collapse, all the republics that gained independence created their own armed forces. decided to analyze military strength of the Central Asian countries. 


Kyrgyzstan: Counter Extremism Strategies Need Modification

Inga Sikorskaia 19.05.20

Preventive measures of countering extremist ideology leading to violence require more comprehensive approaches than just blocking and penalties. (more…)

Photoreport: Tashkent During Quarantine 15.05.20

How does the capital of Uzbekistan live under the strict quarantine to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic?

Photoreport: how COVID-19 affected life in Tajikistan 14.05.20

Coronavirus has been raging for the second week throughout Tajikistan. (more…)

Coronavirus COVID-19 Map of Central Asia [being updated] 09.05.20

Data on the number of infected, recovered and died of coronavirus in Central Asian countries.