Central Asia

2 May 2019
Kazakh Election Pits Incumbent Leader Against Designated Losers Premium

Interim President Tokayev will win next month’s election, but there is talk of an eventual handover of power to Nazarbaev’s daughter.

30 April 2019
Can Saxaul Save the Aral? Premium
A native tree shows great promise as a bulwark against the desert spreading over the dried-up sea bed.
25 April 2019
Grassroots Campaign Reverses Tajik Internet Price Hike Premium

Authorities seemed taken aback by unprecedented outcry from the usually quiescent public.

22 April 2019
Looming Danger

Lake Baikal is an incredible ecosystem threatened by a Mongolian dam and pipeline. From The Conversation.

By Anson Mackay
18 April 2019
Gazprom Ends Boycott of Turkmen Gas Premium

Though modest, the deal brings a rare ray of hope for Turkmenistan’s shrinking state finances.




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