Central Asia

April 28, 2022

A Brief Review of Elderly Welfare in Central Asia

Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere is part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is generally taken for a benchmark by all UN member-states [UN DESA, 2015]. Recognizing and addressing old-age income insecurity and fighting poverty among the elderly is viewed as one of the goals to […]
March 14, 2022

China’s and India’a Summits with Central Asia: Latest Developments

On January 25, 2022, China hosted a virtual summit to commemorate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the Central Asian states. Two days later, on January 27th, India also gathered all central Asian leaders to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Heads of states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, […]
February 28, 2022

Economic Cooperation between Central Asia and China

Central Asia is one of the most important regions for China in terms of economics, politics, and security. China’s role in the region is permanently increasing. It remains a key trade partner for all Central Asian countries. Moreover, China provides the region with substantial investments, primarily in the energy sector. […]
February 2, 2022

Post-Pandemic India-Central Asia Dialogue

On December 19, 2021, the first time after the COVID-19 breakout, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of India and Central Asian states met in New Delhi for the third meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue. The dialogue meeting was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of India, Dr S. Jaishankar. […]
November 22, 2021

Current Developments in Central Asian Agricultural Products Trade

Agriculture remains a key sector for Central Asian economies in terms of food security, employment, and trade. In 2019, employment in agriculture (as % of total employment) in Central Asian countries remained high and varied from the lowest 15% in Kazakhstan to the highest 45% in Tajikistan. In terms of […]
October 4, 2021

What Drives Higher Food Prices: Examples from Central Asia

Food prices are one of the most important indicators, which play an important role in economic and political stability. Food prices depend on a variety of factors, including growth in demand (mainly from Asian countries), financial market speculations, export restrictions, weather shocks, productivity slow-down, currency depreciation, rising oil prices, biofuels […]
September 28, 2021

Connected by Waters: The Issue of Water as a Factor of Regional Cooperation in Central Asia

It is well known that water scarcity is one of the most serious challenges that Central Asia is about to face in the near future. According to the World Resources Institute, Turkmenistan is among the top 17 countries that face extremely high water stress; Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan are in the […]
September 27, 2021

Anti-vaccination Movement in Central Asia and Beyond

The main story of two recent years is the coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted the world unprecedentedly. Subsequently, the main question across the globe is how to end it or mitigate its devastating adverse effects. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “vaccines play a critical role in preventing deaths, hospitalization […]
September 27, 2021

The Current Crisis in Afghanistan and Its Implications for the Central Asian Security

Although the fading governmental control and the revival of the Taliban militancy had gradually marked the state of affairs in Afghanistan for the last few years, the recent surge of the Taliban expansion was inevitably linked with President Joe Biden’s decision to end the US military presence in Afghanistan uttered […]
July 22, 2021

COVID-19 Pandemic and Remittances to Central Asia

From the very beginning, the negative impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on international human mobility, particularly labor migration, due to closed borders and travel restrictions would seem unavoidable, as the United Nations report suggested, between July 2019 to June 2020 alone international migration de-creased by about 27 percent, with […]