Central Asia

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 […]
April 22, 2021

Asia Anew Initiative and Visits of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey to Central Asia

The 11th Ambassadors Conference held in August 2019 represents the starting point of the “Asia Anew Initiative” announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu. The idea that the center of gravity of the basic economic and political platform of the world is gradually shifting to the […]
April 17, 2021

Gender Assessment in Central Asia

We are used to thinking of the modern world as an increasingly democratic, tolerant, and liberal space. Yet this is not always the case as it is demonstrated by some studies, such as the Global Democracy Index. One of the issues still prevalent in the world is a gender equality […]
March 28, 2021

Central Asia at the Crossroad of the Vaccine Diplomacy Rush

As it turns out, the political and economic potential of the vaccine, especially its instrumental role in foreign policy, were duly notices from the early days of its invention in the late 18th century. What would be more striking throughout history, though, was the peacekeeping, rather than confrontational, effect of […]
March 17, 2021

Trade between Turkey and Central Asia

Central Asia is a region of increasing competition between great powers such as Russia, China and the United States. Eurasian integration with active participation of Russia, China-led One Belt – One Road initiative, and the United States’ proposals such as the New Silk Road are in the focus of many […]
March 12, 2021

Impact of the Pandemic on democracy in the Central Asia Region

The pandemic has disrupted the usual course of life in many ways – some had to adapt to the new online lifestyle, others lost their jobs, some – even their lives. Most of the countries worldwide finished the year in a much worse socio-economic state than they had begun with […]
January 7, 2021

The Risks of Corruption: The Case of Central Asia

Corruption remains one of the main threats for global development as it persists in the majority of countries. It is a major challenge not only for developing states, but also for the advanced ones. Data shows that annual costs of corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion, and other illicit financial […]
December 10, 2020

Convergence or Divergence: COVID-19 Crisis as Crossroad for Central Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a tremendous global economic shock jeopardizing the development and economic growth accumulated in recent years. According to the latest World Bank’s economic prospects, the world is about to face a 5.2% of global GDP decline in 2020, which would be the most severe recession since […]
November 9, 2020

The Risks of the High Government Debt for Central Asia

Increasing levels of debt became a common concern for many advanced and developing countries. Debt-to-GDP ratios are historically high in the United States, Germany, France and other advanced economies. Rapid growth of government expenditure as the result of many social programs, lower tax revenues, increasing share of elders among population […]
November 9, 2020

Digital Central Asia: State of the Art

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how vital digital technologies are in our life. Unforeseen technological consequences of lockdown and quarantine measures caught unaware both peoples and governments. They also tested the readiness and capabilities of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and digital services of countries since a large part of […]