Analytical materials

Facing its end, yet still relevant: What was the sixth convocation of the Jogorku Kenesh like?

“The sixth convocation of Kyrgyz Parliament is no more. While in force, however, it served as an entity rather conforming to the authorities” – coming from Tansuluu Matieva, a participant of CABAR.Asia School for Young Analysts.


War in the South Caucasus: Lessons for Central Asia

Akram Umarov 19.10.20

«Despite the low level of interaction between Central Asia and the South Caucasus, the analysis of events around Nagorno-Karabakh is of particular value due to the presence of certain parallels in the post-Soviet period of the development of these regions», – mentioned independent expert Akram Umarov in an article, written specially for


Tajikistan’s energy sector reforms: Is energy export the only way out of the revenue dilemma?

Sher Khashimov 12.10.20

Low revenues and underdeveloped infrastructure are among various problems inscribed in Tajikistan’s energy sector. The authorities are seeking to invest in hydroenergy, which, as believed, will pave the way towards reaching the status of regional energy exporter. The issue of unreliable energy supply inside the country, however, remains unsolved. Sher Khashimov, an independent researcher, attempts to elaborate on the nuances of given problematique and discusses possible ways out of Tajikistan’s energy dilemma. 


What is happening with non-state youth activism in Kazakhstan?

Marinin Sergey 09.10.20

“The space for independent activism, including youth activism, is narrowing down” in Kazakhstan, mentioned Sergey Marinin, a participant of the School of Analytics. Why are the voices of active and civic-minded youth perceived so radically by the authorities?


Will Events in Kyrgyzstan Echo In Other Central Asian States?

The eyes of the world, and notably of Central Asian states, are upon events that have unfolded in Kyrgyzstan after parliamentary elections on October 4. Editors of analytical platform interviewed regional political experts on how the public reacted to events in the neighboring country and how they could possibly echo in other countries. (more…)

Rehabilitation Here and Now: Pursuing Transitional Justice in Uzbekistan

Steve Swerdlow 05.10.20

In this article for Steve Swerdlow, a human rights lawyer, by providing a roadmap for transitional justice in Uzbekistan, examines the relevant international and domestic legal framework and summarizes attempts by former political prisoners to pursue their rehabilitation, and in so doing, a larger national conversation about Uzbekistan’s dark past.


Month in Review: Central Asia in September 2020

Ermek Baisalov 02.10.20

September 2020 in Central Asia is remembered, inter alia, for yet again rising COVID-19 numbers; a new academic year in schools and universities; recommencement of high-level official meetings; the Independence Day parades; election campaigns; presidents’ speech to the UN; and Chinese Foreign Minister’s visit to Central Asia. 

The analytical platform presents an overview of the major events in the region over the past month. (more…)

What is Common Between the Events in Belarus and Central Asia?

“The unfolding events in Belarus, in one way or another, have an impact on Central Asia, in relation to which discussions are underway in the expert community. They are primarily connected with the opinion that a new round of the “Great Game” has begun here,” says researcher and analyst Konstantin Larionov, in an article written specifically for


Everything You Need to Know About 2020 Presidential Elections in Tajikistan 25.09.20

Presidential elections in Tajikistan will be held on October 11 this year. However, experts believe that their outcome is predetermined and the current President will retain his post.


Protest Activity in Kazakhstan

Kamila Kovyazina 20.09.20

“The coronavirus situation offers a double-edged effect on protests in Kazakhstan: at one end protest activity is limited by quarantine restrictions, and at the other, the coronacrisis may have a major delayed effect,” sociologist Kamila Kovyazina analyzes protest activity in Kazakhstan in an exclusive article for