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
29 March-4 April 2020

Last week in Central Asia, prisoner exchange negotiations continued between the Taliban and the government in Afghanistan, as state forces arrested the leader of the country’s Islamic State affiliate. In Kyrgyzstan, measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus triggered protests, while the pandemic led to rising food prices in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, fueling unrest.…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
15-21 March 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Taliban increased attacks on Afghan forces while also conducting an operation against the Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K) in northeastern Kunar province. In Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Uzbekistan, protests took place over government measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak, in addition to further demonstrations over property rights in…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
8-14 March 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, key developments include protests in Kazakhstan and Abkhazia, Georgia following the coronavirus outbreak; state interventions in International Women’s Day protests in Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan; and ongoing ceasefire violations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. In Afghanistan, Taliban attacks on Afghan security forces continued while new controversies arose concerning intra-Afghan…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
1-7 March 2020

Last week in Central Asia, violence increased in Afghanistan as Taliban and Afghan forces resumed fighting following the previous week’s peace deal. At the same time, violent demonstrations took place in Kyrgyzstan in support of an imprisoned opposition politician. In the Caucasus, cross-border fighting caused further casualties, though ceasefire violations continued at similar levels.   In…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
16-22 February 2020

Last week in Central Asia, key developments include a crackdown on opposition protests in Kazakhstan; demonstrations against Chinese investment in Kyrgyzstan; and post-election disputes in Afghanistan, as the United States and the Taliban agree to a reduction of violence. In the Caucasus, ceasefire violations between Armenia and Azerbaijan continued at slightly higher levels.  In Kazakhstan,…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 26 January – 1 February 2020

Key developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus last week include: ongoing ceasefire talks in Afghanistan; protests over a large-scale Chinese investment in Kyrgyzstan; and panic fueling unrest over coronavirus in Kazakhstan. Meanwhile, ceasefire violations continued along the Azerbaijan-Armenia-Artsakh Lines of Contact. In Afghanistan, fighting continued at similar levels compared to the previous week, as…

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

During the past week, key developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus include the establishment of a border protocol between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan; protests over a new social aid policy in Kazakhstan; and a drop in the number of conflict events recorded in Afghanistan amid harsh winter conditions, and moves toward a potential new truce.…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus 5-11 January 2020

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, the number of reported civilian fatalities continued to rise in Afghanistan; elections in Abkhazia, Georgia were annulled following violent demonstrations; civil society pressured Kazakhstan to grant asylum to two ethnic Kazakhs from China’s Xinjiang region; and riots broke out on the Kyrgyz-Tajik-Uzbek border. Meanwhile, though ceasefire violations…