Interviews

Aleksey Malashenko: ISIS Project Is Closing Down, But Islamic State Concept Will Persist

An expert in Islam and Central Asia in the interview to CABAR.asia has told about the fate of the Islamic state concept, the role of Central Asians in this project, about religious peculiarities of the region and what can be done about it. (more…)

Talant Sultanov: Digitalization Of Kyrgyzstan Is Not a Luxury, But a Call Of The Times

Ermek Baisalov 22.02.19

«People from the regions look indifferently at digitalization, believing that this is only for city people. By bringing the infrastructure to each locality, it is necessary to make farmers, teachers and children feel the benefits of digitalization», – said Talant Sultanov – the Chairman of Kyrgyz Internet Society  (ISOC Kyrgyzstan), former head of the National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic (NISS KR) and former advisor to the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, in an interview with the analytical platform CABAR.asia.
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Gulmira Birzhanova: Kazak Media Avoid Writing about Terrorism and Extremism

Natalia Lee 15.02.19

“Last year Kazakstan adopted many legislation amendments, including law on media, which recognises some statements as propaganda. It means that journalists preparing some material now should think whether it will be taken as propaganda,” said Gulmira Birzhanova, lawyer of Legal Media Centre, in the interview to CABAR.asia.
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Rasim Chelidze: State May Be Secular, Human Doesn’t Need To

Natalia Lee 08.02.19

“First of all, secularism means equal attitude towards all faiths, religions, and beliefs existing in the territory of residence. So, the state may be secular, but human living in this state doesn’t need to be. A man may be a believer, an atheist, gnostic, agnostic, or deist, or anything else. It is their choice. They may believe even in a spaghetti monster or be a Pastafarian. Belief is their personal choice,” said Rasim Chelidze, a Kazakhstan-based theologian, in the interview to CABAR.asia.
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Frederick Starr: For Central Asian States the Regional Cooperation is Important, But Not Integration and Loss of Sovereignty

Ermek Baisalov 07.02.19

«The history of last 28 years was dominated by the consolidation of sovereignty in every country in Central Asia including Afghanistan. This was very difficult at first and problematic but it has been successful – all the states survived their difficult first years. They are developing at different rates today but none of them is stagnant», – states Frederick Starr – American geopolitical scientist, advisor to three US presidents on Russia/Eurasia, founder of the Institute of Central Asia and the Caucasus, in the interview for CABAR.asia
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Shamil Atakhanov: 1.5mil Kyrgyzstanis Don’t Save for Retirement

“Today 70 per cent of economically active population of Kyrgyzstan don’t save for their retirement, which is 1.5mil people. One worker, instead of three, as recommended by the International Labour Organisation, supports one retiree,” Shamil Atakhanov, a founder and honorary chairman of the non-governmental pension fund, said in the interview to CABAR.asia.
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Muratbek Imanaliev: China Is a University That Is Impossible To Graduate From

Ermek Baisalov 28.01.19

«The presence of sinological centers in Central Asia is an urgent need. This is a requirement of not only the present, but also of the past and mainly of the future. In order to cooperate with China, we need to know what it is», – states Muratbek Imanaliev – sinologist, Kyrgyz diplomat, former SCO Secretary General, in the interview for CABAR.asia
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Ambassador Komil Rashidov: Uzbekistan Buys Energy from Kyrgyzstan and Ready to Develop Cooperation

The new approach of Tashkent to the relations with neighbours has opened new opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan on diverse issues, including hard-line issues, said Komil Rashidov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan, in the interview to CABAR.asia analytical platform.
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Anna Gusarova: The Role and Place of Afghanistan is Being Rethought

Ermek Baisalov 06.12.18

“Peace in Afghanistan has a large international dimension, which unites the interests and positions of global and regional powers, each of which uses the “Afghan card” to strengthen its position in order to achieve certain political goals,” – Anna Gusarova, an expert in international security, director of Central Asian Institute for Strategic Studies, said.
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Andrei Grozin: Uzbekistan is a latent regional power

Ermek Baisalov 03.11.18

“Currently the country is implementing the economic reform. The economic reform needs a strong resource support. The country has no own funds to implement this reform. It needs to attract Russian, Chinese, western and any other capital,” Andrei Grozin, an expert on Central Asia, said.
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