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News & Analysis

Analyzing the Politics of Central Asia

Akhmet Makhmoudov

Jumada' al-Akhirah 24, 14402019-03-01

Despite the end of communism, the Central Asian republics are still controlled by family-based oligarchtes that continue to rule with an iron-fist. Dissent is ruthlessly suppressed.

Special Reports

Triangle of resources: Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan

Zia Sarhadi

Safar 01, 14382016-11-01

Three countries in South Asia—Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan—have between them enormous mineral and energy resources. This makes them the special target of predatory powers.

Daily News Analysis

Russia, Iran policies in Central Asia

Our Central Asia Correspondent

Dhu al-Hijjah 07, 14352014-10-02

The Eurasia region of which Central Asia is a vital part, has become hotly contested territory for influence. There are many players involved of which Russia, Iran and China are the principal actors. Their policies will have profound impact on the region.​​​​​​​

Letters To The Editor

Central Asia

Prof. Majid Ali Khan

Jumada' al-Akhirah 20, 14342013-05-01

Much Islamic history is tied up with Central Asia. This area needs to be covered more, suggests a reader who is a retired professor.

News & Analysis

US-Russian competition in Central Asia

Akhmet Makhmoudov

Jumada' al-Ula' 20, 14342013-04-01

The US is not as helpless in Central Asia as thought of, nor is Russia as powerful and liked as is generally believed. Each views the other as a threat to its interests.

Special Reports

Russian policy in the “near abroad”

Akhmet Makhmoudov

Rabi' al-Thani 19, 14342013-03-01

Russia is determined to assert itself in Central Asia and the Caucasus by using its former puppets to advance its agenda. Some republics offer better prospects than others.

Daily News Analysis

Old game, new name in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Crescent International

Rabi' al-Awwal 18, 14342013-01-30

How prepared are Islamic organizations to use the new emerging situation in the region.

Editor's Desk

Kyrgyzstan demonstrates how not to run a state


Jumada' al-Akhirah 18, 14312010-06-01

Last month witnessed more bloodletting in Kyrgyzstan, poorest of the Central Asian republics. Sandwiched between Russia, China, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, its borders were arbitrarily drawn up by Joseph Stalin...

Special Reports

Zionist encroachments in Central Asia

Waseem Shehzad

Rabi' al-Awwal 15, 14312010-03-01

It must also be noted that dictatorial regimes in Central Asia and Azerbaijan are not typical examples of authoritarian regimes driven by some sort of “big evil idea...

Book Review

History and other information about China's little-known Muslim population

Laila Juma

Ramadan 13, 14302009-09-03

China's Muslim Hui Community: Migration, Settlement and Sects by Michael Dillon. Pub: Curzon Press, Richmond, UK, 1999. Pp: 208. Hbk: UK40.00.


Stirrings in the Central Asian republics of ‘Troublistans’

Tahir Mustafa

Muharram 04, 14302009-01-01

The “stans” of Central Asia are stirring in ferment and revolt. For the rest of the world, the five repubics — Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan — are important only because like the oil producing countries of the Middle East, they sit atop vast reserves of oil and gas that the West covets.


Condo Rice ill-qualified to preach democracy in Central Asia

Crescent International

Ramadan 28, 14262005-11-01

President Bush and Condoleezza Rice, his Black secretary of state, are so desperate to defend their now-discredited campaign to establish democratic rule in the Middle East, and in Central Asia, that they are evoking the history of the civil rights movement in the US.


Russia and the US competing for influence in Central Asia

M.S. Ahmed

Safar 22, 14262005-04-01

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia has been striving to retain its control of the new Central Asian republics, among them Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan. The UShas been trying very hard to replace Moscow's influence with its own; it has succeeded in acquiring, for example, a military base in Kyrgyzstan alongside Russia's.


Russia, China, Central Asian states reinforce co-operation against Islam

M.S. Ahmed

Jumada' al-Ula' 13, 14252004-07-01

The presidents of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan met in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, on June 16 to reinforce their alliance against Islamic activism in the region...

Book Review

History repeats itself in Central Asia with minor variations

Ahmad Musa

Dhu al-Hijjah 27, 14232003-03-01

Endgame: Britain, Russia and the Final Struggle for Central Asia by Jennifer Siegel. Pub: I. B. Tauris & Co., London, 2002. Pp: 284. Hbk: $29.50.


Uzbek deaths highlight war on Islamic activism in Central Asia

Mukhtar Kudratov

Jumada' al-Akhirah 23, 14232002-09-01

It was a grisly reminder of the Uzbek government’s brutality in dealing with Islamic activists. The bodies of two Uzbek prisoners who had died under torture while in police custody were handed back to their families on August 8 for burial.

Special Reports

Central Asian oil and gas: the real reason for the US’s war on Afghanistan

Zafar Bangash

Ramadan 01, 14222001-11-16

While America has couched its ‘war’ on Afghanistan in the language of morality, more sinister motives are at work: desire to control the Caspian Sea’s oil and gas, as well as the destruction or removal (‘neutralisation’) of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.


Welcome spring, the season for jihad in Caucasia and Central Asia

Crescent International

Safar 22, 14222001-05-16

When Moscow celebrated the 56th anniversary of the Allied victory over Germany in the second world war on May 9, there was no mention of its latest military challenge, the fighting in Chechnya, stepped up by the Chechen mujahideen on the arrival of spring...

Special Reports

Mariam Hamza’s tragedy highlights plight of poisoned Muslims worldwide

Mahmoud Ahmed Shaikh

Muharram 19, 14191998-05-16

From Bangladesh through Central Asia to Iraq, tens of millions of Muslims have been poisoned, many terminally, as a result of pollution from nuclear dust, pesticides and arsenic in water wells - all at the hands of western governments, international aid agencies and Russia, as the dominant power in the former Soviet Union.


Uzbekistan, too, discovers the bogey of fundamentalism

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14181998-03-01

The bogey of Islamic fundamentalism is so popular these days that even Uzbekistan seems to have discovered its utility. Last month, Uzbek foreign minister Abdulaziz Kamilov not only alleged that his government...

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