Kyrgyzstan

June 23, 2021

Current Status and Expectations of Tourism in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan has the potential to be one of the important tourism centers among Central Asian countries with its natural beauties, historical and cultural richness. One of these opportunities is nature tourism. Due to its mountainous terrain where the Tian Shan Mountains cover 65% of Kyrgyzstan’s land it is often referred […]
June 9, 2021

Sadyr Japarov’s Era in Kyrgyzstan: An Evaluation on Foreign Policy and Economic Developments

The constitutional amendment referendum and local council elections (kenesh) were held together in Kyrgyzstan on April 11th 2021. According to the Kyrgyzstan Central Election Commission (CEC), while 1.295.096 people (39.09%) voted in the local council elections, 1.338.717 people (37.12%) voted for the referendum in 2.483 ballot boxes throughout the country. […]
May 12, 2021

Enhancing the Capacity of the Korday-Ak Zhol Checkpoint: Implications for Bilateral Cooperation

On April 2, 2021, the major border checkpoint at Kazakh-Kyrgyz international boundary – the Korday-Ak Zhol was opened after renovation by Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Ulukbek Maripov. During the opening ceremony, which was part of the ninth meeting of the intergovernmental council, counterparts […]
February 19, 2021

Elections in Kyrgyzstan: More Surprises, Less Hopes

On January 10, 2021, the people of the Kyrgyz Republic selected their sixth president at early presidential elections, which was urgently scheduled after the collapse of the previous government in October last year. According to the Central Election Commission, out of 16 candidates, Sadyr Japarov had won the elections with […]
December 28, 2020

European Union’s Engagement with Kyrgyzstan: A Brief Overview

The European Union (EU) has always been an active actor in the Central Asian region. Since the early independence years, the EU supported the region with its technical assistance (TACIS) and later with its Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). In 2007, the EU enacted its first Central Asia strategy that defined […]
November 9, 2020

How Russia is Important for Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyzstan is currently experiencing deep political and economic crises. The list of negative factors, in particular the pandemic-induced lockdowns, sharp decline in migrant remittances, and reduction in external demand for its basic exports significantly contributed to the economic decline. The country’s tourism sector, one of the main contributors to its […]
July 20, 2020

Evaluation of the New China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor

While transportation services are experiencing enormous difficulties all over the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, China opened a new transport corridor to Uzbekistan through Kyrgyzstan. On June 5, 2020, the train loaded with cargo containers departed from the city of Lanzhou, the capital of the Gansu province, to the […]
June 22, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on the Kyrgyz Economy

The coronavirus outbreak affected almost the entire world, causing one of the largest economic crises since the Second World War. The leaders of almost all countries of the world, including Kyrgyzstan, are trying to find a balance between protecting public health and maintaining the normal operation of the economy with […]
May 4, 2020

Turkey’s Public Diplomacy Activities in Kyrgyzstan

Public diplomacy methods are becoming increasingly important for states to achieve their goals in line with their foreign policy agendas and strategies. Over the last 10 years, Turkey has also made considerable strides in its international relations, establishing new institutions and restructuring pre-existing ones. In this regard, Turkey’s public diplomacy […]
July 30, 2019

Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn Free Economic Zone: Potential for Cooperation with China

Kyrgyzstan was the first post-Soviet country to enter the World Trade Organization in 1998. Later the country joined Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and China’s Belt and Road Initiative. That broad transparency is also supported by creating five Free Economic Zones (FEZ) in Kyrgyzstan, which mostly seeking to diverse Kyrgyz economy […]