The U.S. National Security Council released to the public on February 5 a summary of the long-awaited National Security Strategy for Central Asia…

Kyrgyzstan Among Six New Nations Added to Travel Ban

The Trump administration announced its expansion of visa restrictions to six new countries including Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania on January 31. The current list includes Iran, Libya, North Korea,…

Pompeo Embarks on Visit to Central Asia

On January 30, 2020, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set out on a diplomatic tour through Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.…

Media Highlights of the Week

Energy and Economy Tajik-Uzbek Talks Could Signal Improved Future Cooperation Tajikistan and Uzbekistan engaged in negotiations last week over Uzbekistan’s…

Kazakhstan — The Buckle in the Belt and Road Initiative Seeks Investment and Growth

Kazakhstan is aggressively reaching out to become a regional financial hub as well as the self-described “buckle” in the Belt…

Travel to Kazakhstan Visa-Free: A Loosening of the Borders and a Boom in Tourism and Investment

As of Jan. 1, 2020, Chinese and Indian citizens are allowed a 72-hour visa-free regimen for travel to Kazakhstan. Citizens…

Kyrgyz and Tajik Officials Agree to Territory Exchange Following Border Clashes

Kyrgyzstan’s border province of Batken, Kyrgyz and Tajik officials have agreed to begin the process of a land exchange along a disputed…

Kazakhstan Now Chairs the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries

On January 13, 2020, Kazakhstan assumed the role of chairman of UNCTAD’s Group of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC) for 2020-2021. The group…

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