Central Asia Archive

In this photo taken Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, armed Kazakh soldiers stand on a top of a building in center of Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Saturday imposed a three-week state of emergency in an oil town where 10 people were killed in a clash between police and demonstrators. Authorities said that order had been restored in Zhanaozen, a city of 90,000 in Kazakhstan's far southwest. (AP Photo/Lada.kz, OlgaYaroslavskaya)
37(4) Fall 2016, Central Asia, Features, Politics

The Loosening of a Stronghold: Economic Pressure On Kazakhstan’s Dictatorship

  Nursultan Nazarbayev is one of the world’s longest-tenured dictators. He was recently reelected for his fifth term as the president of Kazakhstan, extending...
Islam Karimov. Photo courtesy of Helene C. Stikkel, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
37(4) Fall 2016, Central Asia, Politics

The Road Ahead: What the Death of Islam Karimov Means for Uzbekistan and Central Asia

On August 29, 2016, the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Four days later, the country lost its...
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37(4) Fall 2016, Central Asia, Economics, Environment, Features, Health, Security

High and Dry: Central Asia’s Failure to Avert the Impending Water Crisis

In 2016, the World Resources Institute published a map called Water Stress by Country, comparing the shortages of fresh water experienced by countries across...
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37(4) Fall 2016, Asia, Central Asia, Features, Security

The Geographical Pivot of Central Asia

Introduction Robert Kaplan predicts the future by thinking about the right things at the wrong time. The author and international relations expert’s works sometimes...
Two people ride a horse and a donkey along a narrow strip of land on Lake Son-Kul, 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) above sea level, about 300 kilometers (190 miles) southeast of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on Saturday, July 15, 2006, with the Tien Shan mountains in the background. Son-Kul is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan. (AP Photo/Azamat Imanaliev)
37(4) Fall 2016, Central Asia, Current Feature, Featured, Letter from the Editors

On the Steppes: Central Asia

The Fall 2016 issue of the Harvard International Review, On the Steppes: Central Asia, has hit newsstands! Check out the latest print edition as...
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37(2) Winter 2016, Central Asia, East Asia, Features, Middle East, North Africa, North America, Politics, Security, South America

The Connectivity of Culture: Innovating in Cultural Diplomacy

Ask anyone to describe their first exposure to, or memory of, another country, and it is very unlikely that their answer will involve debating...
Russian President Vladimir Putin at his inauguration in 2012, by Kremlin.ru via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Asia, Blog, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Europe, Politics, Western Europe

The Putinverstehers’ Misconceived Charge of Russophobia: How Western Apology for the Kremlin’s Current Behavior Contradicts Russian National Interests

A frequent rebuttal by apologists of Putin’s policies, in debates on Western approaches to Eastern Europe, is the allegation of Russophobia. Interpreters of contemporary...
U.S. Air Force secures pallets of water from USAID at Utaphoa International Airport in Pattaya, Thailand, as part of a disaster relief effort for Burmese citizens who were devastated by the recent cyclone. By Robert A. Harding, May 12, 2008. Accessed via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain/U.S. Marine Corps.
Africa, Americas, Asia, Blog, Central Asia, Economics, Health, Human Rights, Middle East, North America, Politics, Security

Foreign Aid and the 28 Percent Myth

Public opinion on United States foreign aid varies widely depending on who is being asked. However, one domestic opinion on the matter is clear:...
Oil tankers in Rotterdam in 2006. Image by AlfvanBeem (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, Environment, Features, Science & Technology, Security

The Battle for Arctic Oil

There is a conception of the Arctic as a region solely based on the environment—in fact, there isn’t much else other than the environment....