All posts in: Central Asia

Turkmenistan: the lid comes off?

The death of brutal (and comically megalomaniacal) dictator Saparmurat Niyazov makes the future of the tightly controlled Central Asian nation suddenly uncertain. Says a Russian expert in the Christian Science Monitor, “We might see a ...

A warning on Uzbekistan

In the Financial Times, the International Crisis Group warns: Diplomatic pressure may, however, be too late to prevent upheaval. As with other brutal yet brittle regimes facing an increasingly hostile population with less and less to lose, its end ...