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Review of the Best Analytical Publications of 2019

The end of the year is the expectation of something new and the traditional debriefing. If this year you often visited the CABAR.asia website, then you probably learned a lot of interesting things. In 2019, we talked about significant events in Central Asia, shared expert analytics and journalistic articles, pleased you with a selection of useful multimedia materials and interviews.

We hope that they have identified urgent problems and issues in our region, made it possible to look at things from different angles, broadened their horizons, and simply helped to spend time with benefit. We suggest you recall (or discover) the significant expert and analytical articles of CABAR.asia for 2019.

When selecting the best publications of the year, the number of views of the material on the site, its popularity on social networks was taken into account.

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What Are The “Three Pillars” Of Kazakh Sinology?

«Kazakh sinology lives rather in spite of than thanks to the state policy. It looks more successful compared to other republics of the region due to extensive contacts with China and a large size of economy. However, if we compare it with the Russian indicators, then it is obviously impossible to call several separated sinologists as a school», – notes a political scientist and China expert Adil Kaukenov in his article, written specifically for the analytical platform CABAR.asia.

Why Uzbek Language Has Not Become a Language of Politics and Science?

«If Uzbek language is the state language, first of all, it is needed to “create” this language, “unitize” and introduce into scientific circulation. The actual absence of Uzbek language in science and art impedes its development as a national one», –  notes an independent researcher Bakhtiyor Alimdjanov in his article written specifically for the analytical platform CABAR.asia.


Police Reform in Kyrgyzstan: How To Make It Happen?


Unity is Primary Task – Diversity is Secondary? Features and Omissions of Ethnic Policy in Tajikistan

Currently, in Tajikistan there is no clearly formulated ethnic policy, it is replaced by only separate decrees, statements and projects, said Muslimbek Buriev, a participant of the CABAR.asia School of Analytics.

European Union’s Policy in Central Asia: Does Brussels Want to Increase its Presence in the Region?

«The Strategy revision is explained rather by the adoption of 2016 EU Global Strategy and, consequently, the need to adapt all foreign policy activities to the new realities. The EU seeks to strengthen its positions in the international relations system and therefore updates the mechanisms of interaction with the outside world», – notes Yuriy Sarukhanyan, the specialist in international relations and participant of CABAR.asia Analytics School, in a special article for CABAR.asia.

Risks in the Implementation of the “Belt and Road Initiative” in Central Asia

«Progress in the development of the “Belt and Road Initiative” will depend on how far China can take action to solve the emerging problems. Central Asian states also need to develop standards for cooperation with the PRC and, apart from economic indicators, pay more attention to environmental and social issues», – Kairat Moldashev, researcher, states in his article written specifically for the analytical platform CABAR.asia.

Turkmen Paradox: De Jure – There Is No Russian Language, De Facto – It Is Necessary

«In accordance with the decline in the education level, the interest in Russian language starts to grow in Turkmenistan. The language inherited from the vanished Soviet empire creates an information environment incomparable in competitiveness with the official one», – notes the author from Turkmenistan in an article written specifically for CABAR.asia.

Doing Business-2019: Business In Kazakh Way

According to the research of the World Bank ranking, Kazakhstan entered the top 30 leading countries for ease of doing business for the first time, thus 2019 in the country was marked by this fact. This indicator turned out to be the best among the countries of Central Asia and ahead of many advanced economies of the world. What is the secret of success and who felt the ease of doing business in the Kazakh market?

Does the Construction of a Nuclear Power Plant in Uzbekistan Meet the Country’s Interests?

The article criticizes the decision of the Government of Uzbekistan on the construction of a nuclear power plant in the Jizzakh region and the conclusion of an agreement with “Rosatom”. The author gives arguments of the economic plan and expresses concern about the security risks for both the plant itself and the whole country.

Russian Language Status in Central Asian Countries

«The Russian language still has a considerable potential to be used as a soft power tool in Central Asia, but that potential is steadily declining», – independent researcher Nurbek Bekmurzaev notes in his article written specifically for analytical platform CABAR.asia.

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