Thursday 22 March 2018
October 02, 2016
Why Does Kyrgyzstan Need To Change Its Constitution Now?
While many politicians in Kyrgyzstan agree there is a need to make some revisions to the constitution, the timing of the referendum, about a year before the country holds a presidential election, has left many wondering if there isn't more to the amendments than just making adjustments to improve the parliamentary system of government.
September 18, 2016
What Central Asian Succession Looks Like
With the death of Uzbek President Islam Karimov earlier this month, the question of who will succeed Central Asia's other longstanding rulers has come to the fore. (The views expressed on this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.)
September 04, 2016
In Karimov's Shadow -- A Look At Shavkat Mirziyaev
In a country whose government kept silent for nearly a week after announcing that its only post-Soviet leader was in the hospital with an undisclosed ailment, it's tough to read the tea leaves about who might come to power in the wake of President Islam Karimov.
August 30, 2016
Turning Away From Gulen's 'Golden Generation'
In the mid-1990s, Aygul attended one of the hundreds of "Gulen schools" that were established throughout Turkey by the unregistered network of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. But after a while, Aygul's parents started to see changes in her behavior.
August 19, 2016
Turkey's Anti-Gulen Clampdown Rages Out Of Control
The clampdown on suspected supporters of U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has been accused of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, has reached unprecedented scope. Reportedly even some friends of Gulen supporters have been detained.
August 15, 2016
Failed Coup Just Latest Crisis Pushing Turkey Away From West
The effects of the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey continue to ripple through the country, and indeed far beyond. It's just the latest event to stress the relationship between Turkey and the West, and as that alliance deteriorates it will have serious repercussions for regional security in the Middle East, the crisis in Syria, geopolitical balance, and the fight against terrorist groups like Islamic State (IS).
August 14, 2016
The Gulen Schools In Central Asia
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in self-exile in the United States, for being the mastermind behind the alleged plot to overthrow his government. Turkey has urged other countries to shut their "Gulen schools," including in Central Asia.
August 04, 2016
Uptick In Violence On Afghanistan's Central Asian Border
Central Asian states bordering Afghanistan are concerned about the potential implications of their southern neighbor's security problems, even more so since some of their nationals are members of militant groups that have been plaguing the Kabul administration.