Central Asia’s Island Of Democracy Sinks Into Authoritarianism

By Hudson Institute By Bruce Pannier (FPRI) — In the early 1990s, Kyrgyzstan was often referred to as an “island of democracy” in Central Asia. The “island’s” shores have receded over the years, but relative to its neighbors, Kyrgyzstan remained the most democratic country. Three distinguishing features of Kyrgyzstan include an active political opposition, a […]

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Kazakhstan Takes Part in Central Asia – Gulf Cooperation Council Strategic Dialogue Meeting

ASTANA – Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Alibek Bakayev took part in the second Ministerial Meeting of the Central Asia – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Strategic Dialogue on April 15 in Tashkent, reported the ministry’s press service. The ministers from Central Asia and GCC discussed the state and prospects of interregional cooperation, as well as current […]

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China’s top diplomat Wang Yi to push belt and road during visits to Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi will visit Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea from Thursday, the Chinese foreign ministry announced on Tuesday. During his six-day trip, Wang will join a high-level dialogue cooperation mechanism with Indonesia and attend a meeting of the China-Cambodia Intergovernmental Coordination Committee, ministry spokesman Lin Jian said. Lin referred to the […]

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Kyrgyzstan Secures Chinese Investment in Renewable Energy, Forges Stronger Economic Bonds

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, March 3. In a significant stride towards bolstering economic ties and fostering sustainable development, Kyrgyzstan’s Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Akylbek Japarov, has successfully garnered support from Chinese banks and businesses for investment in renewable energy projects across Kyrgyzstan. The move comes after productive meetings held in Kashgar, where Japarov engaged with […]

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Myanmar junta’s access to arms, cash must be cut off, UN rights chief says

The international community must take “targeted action” to restrict the Myanmar junta’s access to arms, jet fuel and foreign currency to prevent it from committing “atrocities” against its people, the U.N. human rights chief said on Friday. “I repeat my call to the international community to refocus its energy on preventing atrocities against all people […]

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Security Council ‘perhaps fatally’ undermined by Gaza, Ukraine deadlock, says UN chief

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Monday deplored how the UN Security Council had failed to respond adequately to the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying the conflicts had “perhaps fatally” undermined its authority. Speaking at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Guterres said the UN Security […]

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