Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
13-19 September 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, key developments included ongoing violence in Afghanistan affecting civilians as peace talks continue in Qatar. In Kazakhstan, protests took place in different cities, against political repression and increasing Chinese investments in the country. In Kyrgyzstan and Georgia, approaching parliamentary elections resulted in violence involving political parties and…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
6-12 September 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the long-awaited intra-Afghan talks began in Doha, Qatar, amid persistent violence in Afghanistan. In Kazakhstan, different labor groups staged protests demanding better labor rights, while claims of police torture continued to spark protests in Georgia’s South Ossetia region. Another political party was excluded from the upcoming elections…

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

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, despite intense clashes between the Taliban and Afghan forces, both parties continued to release prisoners as part of the US-Taliban deal, raising hopes about imminent intra-Afghan peace talks. Additionally, cross-border clashes and shelling took place between Afghan and Pakistan militaries. A sudden flare-up in the Armenia-Azerbaijan border…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
28 June-4 July 2020

Last week in Central Asia, clashes between Afghan forces resulted in further civilian fatalities as coronavirus cases increased both in the country and reportedly within the Afghan army. In Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, governments reintroduced coronavirus restrictions, followed by protests by various groups in both countries. Meanwhile, unrest continued along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. In the Caucasus,…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
21-27 June 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, ongoing violence and new intelligence reports once again overshadowed approaching peace talks in Afghanistan, as unidentified groups targeted civilians. Restrictions on freedom of speech and media caused unrest in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Georgia, while ceasefire violations continued on the Armenia-Azerbaijan-Artsakh Lines of Contact.  In Afghanistan, fighting between…