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Why Does Kazakhstan Have Parliamentary Opposition?

Zulfiya Raissova 02.07.20

The parliament of Kazakhstan legalised the parliamentary opposition. It means that the oppositionists would be entitled to speak in the lower house, introduce issues to the agenda and to promote draft laws alternative to the initiatives of the ruling majority. (more…)

Pneumonia or coronavirus. Why do people die in Tajikistan’s prisons?

CABAR.asia 17.06.20

Since the official recognition of the presence of COVID-19 in the country, 11 people have died in penitentiary institutions of the Republic with a diagnosis of “pneumonia”. Some prisoners and their relatives fear that this is all coronavirus. 

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Special Aspects of Kazakhstan’s New Foreign Policy Concept

«The new concept of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy openly declares its intentions to secure the status of a“ leading state in the region ”»  – states Andrey Chebotaryov, director of “Alternative” research center, in an article written specifically for CABAR.asia.

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5-Stan Podcast: What determines the purity of atmospheric air in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital?

CABAR.asia 15.04.20

About the air that Dushanbe residents breathe in the next podcast from CABAR.asia


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Lola Olimova and Khasan Sherov. Photo: CABAR.asia
Lola Olimova and Khasan Sherov. Photo: CABAR.asia

In this issue of the podcast, Lola Olimova, editor and programme coordinator of IWPR in Tajikistan, talks with the chief specialist of Environmental Protection Department of Dushanbe city, Khasan Sherov, about what determines the purity of atmospheric air in large cities and what is being done to improve its quality.

Is the air cleaner or dirtier in Dushanbe than it was 40 years ago? After all, in Tajikistan like in other Central Asian countries, the level of industrial production has significantly declined with factories not working for already 30-35 years? From what depends the cleanliness of air in big cities? What or who are the most persistent environmental violators in the capital? And finally, will the coronavirus (COVID-19) affect the environmental situation in the Central Asian countries? These and other issues are discussed in the 5-Stan podcast from CABAR.asia:


This article was prepared as part of the Giving Voice, Driving Change – from the Borderland to the Steppes Project

Zamira Isakova

CABAR.asia 11.03.20

Central Asia Project Coordinator – Saferworld. Interests: community security, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, interethnic relations, border issues, politics, international relations

Ermek Baisalov

CABAR.asia 05.02.20

Ermek Baisalov has graduated from the American University in Central Asia with a degree in International and Comparative Politics in 2010. He began his career at the Danish Refugee Council in rebuilding the city of Osh after the events of 2010, then worked in various international development organizations. Ermek took part in international election observation missions as a long-term observer in such countries as Afghanistan, Ukraine, Kosovo, etc. In 2017 he received a master’s degree in Politics and Security from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.

Ermek has passed the school “Masters of the Analytics and Experts” organized by the Center for Public Policy in Bishkek in 2018. Research interests: regional security, political processes in Central Asian countries, prospects for the development of regional international organizations (SCO, CSTO, EEU and CIS), elections and decentralization.

Investigation: The background of the infamous ‘Bek Air’ airline

Ainur Koskina 22.01.20

The history of the Kazakhstan-based airline, whose aircraft’s crash caused 12 deaths, is full of contradictions. (more…)

Tajikistan: Mysterious Murder of Rudaki Samadi 18 Years Ago. Analysis of Details.

Mazhab Djuma 25.11.19

The murderers of the leader of the Zoroastrian community of Tajikistan, as well as the causes of this crime, are still unknown. (more…)

Tajikistan: Why Is Rogun HPP Construction Delayed?

CABAR.asia 19.07.19

“The authorities have to realize that “political investments” do not work anymore. For geopolitical games, there is not enough money. Especially, for such an ambitious project as the Rogun HPP. An investor (external or internal) can only be interested with profits now”, Marat Mamadshoev, an analyst from Dushanbe, states in his material for CABAR.asia.
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Khatlon Clerics’ Competition: Healthcare Centers, Schools, Lenin Monument

CABAR.asia 04.07.19

In Tajikistan, the clergy want to restore their reputation and return their former social status.
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