IWPR Articles

IWPR holds regular trainings for students and journalists from across Central Asia, with their materials published in Russian and national languages on the analytical platform CABAR.asia and in English for international readers on iwpr.net . Articles by IWPR reporters cover current events andsignificant trends that affect the lives of people in the whole Central Asian region.

Labour Liberalisation Alarms Kazak Workers

Legislation reverses former Soviet model of state control over energy industry. Kazakstan’s new labour law has been welcomed by employers as a positive move towards liberalisation which will help the country weather a harsh economic period.



Uzbek-Kyrgyz Border Spat Highlights Tensions

Analysts say that power play is motivated by competition over energy resources.


Russian Crisis Continues to Bite for Labour Migrants

Kyrgystan’s membership of a Moscow-led trading bloc has softened the blow for its citizens, but Uzbeks and Tajiks are clearly suffering. (more…)


Kazak State Tightens Grip on Internet

Experts warn that online access will be imperilled if new laws are put into effect. New legislation introduced in Kazakstan has raised concerns over both citizen’s digital freedom and data security. (more…)

KTRK: “Mister 20 Som” on Republican Trunk Roads

Drivers of passenger vehicles on a trunk road seem to have forgotten how to undergo a checkout at transportation checkpoints. Instead of papers, they rush to officers with 20 som in their hands. Some smart officers sometimes stop heavy trucks and manage to get some coal. Investigative journalists of KTRK have found out that these payments are illegal and not intended for the budget. (more…)


Tough Times for Tajik Lawyers

Legal representatives of government opponents find themselves in trouble. (more…)

IWPR Kazakstan: More Action Needed on Workplace Harassment

Stigma and legal loopholes mean that many women suffer in silence. Aigul, a financial analyst from Almaty, recently lost her job after refusing her boss’s sexual advances. The head of the company had begun asking her to stay late in the office, using the opportunity to proposition her. (more…)

US-Kyrgyzstan Ties: Mending Fences or Fresh Start?

Washington looks for areas for pragmatic cooperation despite Bishkek’s alignment with Moscow. Although the United States’ once-close relationship with Kyrgyzstan has faded as Russia reasserts its dominance in Central Asia, the Americans still seem keen to forge a new working relationship. (more…)

Uzbekistan's Evolving Response to Afghan, Islamic State Risks

Tashkent likely to be more amenable to regional security cooperation, but may still shun formal defence pact.

Uzbekistan’s Evolving Response to Afghan, Islamic State Risks

Tashkent likely to be more amenable to regional security cooperation, but may still shun formal defence pact.


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The Methods of Countering Extremism on the Internet Discussed in Dushanbe

On December 12-13, IWPR Tajikistan together with the Committee of Religion, Regulation of Traditions, Celebrations and Ceremonies under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and The P..

cabar.asia 24.12.19
Dushanbe Interfaith Festival “Tajikistan – Our Home”

Tajik tyubeteykas (skullcaps) of all colors and styles and Kyrgyz caps, Christian priests’ hats and turbans, colorfully embroidered national and European dresses: everything here was festive..

cabar.asia 19.12.19
The Confest “Listen to the ones who is close” was held in Bishkek

If last year the meeting of the Interfaith Council of Kyrgyzstan was more official and formal, this year the event was held in a more interactive and lively format...

cabar.asia 17.12.19