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Central Asian views on Eurasia’s turbulent 2020 events

Editorial Covid-19 takes a backseat to war, protests, and power struggles While the world continued to struggle with Covid-19 and had their eyes set on the outcome of the US elections,...

Out of the frying pan and into the fire: Kyrgyzstani women abroad

Kyrgyzstani female labourers working abroad face a double risk: being women and being migrants. Most lack basic social and legal protection. Indira is a Kyrgyz hairdresser in Moscow. Because...

Not safe at home: Covid-19 in Kyrgyzstan

Women and girls in Kyrgyzstan have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Domestic violence and sexual abuse already were a serious problem in the Central Asian region as...

Emancipation or back to the kitchen? Gender and civil society in Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz state in general and the healthcare system in particular were overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. When the state was unavailable to help,...

Invisible migration with visible consequences

Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek is growing fast. While official data indicates only a few thousand ‘visible’ migrants moving from rural areas to the capital each year, unofficial estimations point to...

Right to Privacy in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz citizens’ right to privacy is at risk. In autumn 2019, Kyrgyz news centered mainly on government plans to install in Bishkek Chinese facial recognition cameras that were donated...

Potential for EU-Kazakhstan cooperation on women’s empowerment

Women’s empowerment and gender equality feature prominently in the new European Union (EU) Strategy for Central Asia. They are referred to as cross-cutting issues, included in a wide range...

New EU Strategy for Central Asia: First reactions

Editorial Enough to do for the EU in Central Asia I always have a ‘to-do list’ at work. And, like most people, before I complete one task, I already have a...

A new EU-Central Asia Strategy: Deepening relationships and generating long-lasting impact

Introduction Over the past decade, the European Union (EU) has become an active actor in Central Asia. It has expanded its diplomatic presence, established co-operation mechanisms and increased its development...

Uzbekistan opening up

Optimism and doubt… Uzbekistan has begun to take steps towards openness and economic and political reform. Since the death of President Islam Karimov in September 2016 and the parliamentary appointment...