Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
12-18 April 2020

Last week in Central Asia, concerns over Afghanistan’s coronavirus outbreak prompted an unplanned release of Taliban prisoners, despite ongoing fighting between the Taliban and the Afghan government. In Kazakhstan, healthcare workers continued to protest against the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, and laborers demonstrated to call for back pay from employers challenged by the…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 2-8 February 2020

Last week in Central Asia, deadly ethnic clashes were reported in south Kazakhstan while an insider attack in Afghanistan resulted in three deaths, including two US soldiers. In the Caucasus, ceasefire violations between Armenia and Azerbaijan continued at similar levels. Violence broke out on 7 February between members of the Dungan Muslim ethnic group and…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 20 – 26 October 2019

Last week, protests in Central Asia and the Caucasus were reported over various local issues, similar to weeks prior. Notable developments were the crackdown on protests in Kazakhstan and anti-government protests in Georgia. In Kazakhstan, authorities cracked down on protests called by the Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK) opposition movement. DVK has been banned by…