Green Light for Tajikistan’s Rogun Dam?
After decades of delay, a hydropower dam project in Tajikistan that will cost US$3-5 billion, involve the relocation of around 42,000 people and enrage downstream neighbors has been given an apparent go-ahead by the World Bank. Although Uzbekistan has raised the specter of war over the project, domestic political pressures and electricity shortages leave the Tajiks with little choice.
Discovering Opportunities in the Pandemic? Four Economic Response Scenarios for Central Asia
Executive Summary The COVID-19 crisis represents not only an unprecedented economic disruption but also an opportunity for Central Asia. A specific economic policy response may trigger either game-changing reforms that […]
Rethinking Greater Central Asia: New American and Western Approaches to Continental Trade and Afghanistan
Executive Summary: Greater Central Asia is reeling from the twin shocks of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The chaotic U.S. withdrawal risks postponing indefinitely […]
Kazakhstan’s June Referendum: Accelerating Reform
Introduction: The violence of January 2022 exposed both the demand for greater change in Kazakhstan’s society, as well as elite conflicts involving influential forces seeking to block President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s […]
Political and Economic Reforms in Kazakhstan Under President Tokayev
Executive Summary Kazakhstan’s leaders have long harbored ambitious visions for their country’s future. The country’s first President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, launched several far-reaching goals for the country’s development, most notably in […]