US-Funded Broadcaster under Scrutiny for Enabling Tajikistan’s Strongman Rule

by Peter Leonard Since its founding at the outset of the Cold War, U.S.-funded news broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has sought to promote press freedoms and advance an American vision of democracy in some of the world’s most hardened… Continue Reading  

The Rise of Eurasia

by James M. Dorsey Asian players are proving to be conceptually and bureaucratically better positioned in the 21st century’s Great Game that involves tectonic geopolitical shifts with the emergence of what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes terms the fusion… Continue Reading  

As Jihadi Trial Ends, Kazakhstan Blurs Lines Between Opposition and Extremism

by Joanna Lillis Three men in Kazakhstan have received long prison sentences on terrorism charges at the end of an ill-tempered trial that supporters of the accused say was unjust and politically motivated.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: Chinese Fear Attacks By Uyghur Jihadists

by James M. Dorsey A seemingly obsessive fear of Uyghur nationalist and religious sentiment has prompted Chinese leaders to contemplate military involvement in Syria and Afghanistan and risk international condemnation for its massive repression in its north-western province of Xinjiang,… Continue Reading  

Turkmenistan: A Banana Republic For Our Times

by Akhal-Teke: A Turkmenistan Bulletin The media environment in Turkmenistan has gotten so bad that even accessing state press is becoming more difficult. Parahat.info, a website that posts copies of the daily Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper in its original form, has now gone… Continue Reading