Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
7-13 June 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, considerable progress was made in intra-Afghan peace talks, despite ongoing clashes between the Taliban and government forces. In Kazakhstan, women protested against insufficient financial assistance while ongoing political oppression sparked further demonstrations. Another weekend coronavirus curfew prompted unrest in Azerbaijan, and ceasefire violations on the Armenia-Azerbaijan-Artsakh Lines…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
31 May – 6 June 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, clashes between Taliban and Afghan forces continued at lower levels in Afghanistan; opposition protests took place all over Kazakhstan; and fresh rounds of violence along the Kyrgyz-Uzbek-Tajik border resulted in casualties. Armenia and Azerbaijan continued to struggle with the coronavirus crisis, restricting movement for foreigners, as ceasefire…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
17-30 May 2020

During the past two weeks in Central Asia and the Caucasus, deadly clashes continued in Afghanistan, though an unexpected truce by the Taliban decreased violence significantly. Protests related to coronavirus measures continued in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as new regulations on civil society organizations and public events caused unrest in both countries. Border violence continued between…

The US-Taliban Peace Deal: 10 Weeks On

On 29 February 2020, the United States and the Taliban signed a peace deal in Doha, Qatar, after more than 18 years of conflict. The agreement contained four main provisions (US Department of State, 29 February 2020): 1) Halt attacks against the US: The Taliban provided guarantees that it “will prevent the use of the…

Call Unanswered: A Review of Responses to the UN Appeal for a Global Ceasefire

On 23 March, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global coronavirus ceasefire (UN News, 23 March 2019). The truce would allow pandemic responses to be carried out in areas that are usually too dangerous for medical personnel to access due to ongoing conflict, and could also create opportunities for negotiations between belligerents.  Unfortunately, the…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
26 April – 2 May 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, intensified Taliban attacks on Afghan forces prompted a warning from the US, while protests took place in Kazakhstan and Georgia over the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on local economies. Meanwhile, ceasefire violations continued between Azerbaijan and Armenia. In Afghanistan, the Taliban launched dozens of daily attacks on Afghan…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
19-25 April 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, deadly clashes continued in Afghanistan amid new efforts to resolve the country’s political crisis; workers rioted over coronavirus fears in Kazakhstan; and farmers protested in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Georgia to demand assistance from authorities preoccupied with the pandemic. Despite international efforts to decrease ceasefire violations between Armenia…

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…