Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
14-20 June 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, a spike in deadly clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban overshadowed the peace process, with civilians targeted amid the fighting. The number of coronavirus cases surged in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, resulting in new restrictions, while authorities violently enforced pandemic-related regulations in Uzbekistan. The first anniversary of…

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…

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…