Archives for 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July August September October November December Submit Terrorism 2019-11-29 Studies highlight continued threat of radicalisation, extremism in Central Asia The aim of one of the studies was to identify and analyse the local drivers of extremist sympathies, pertinent information flows and trusted sources of information. Terrorism 2019-11-28 'Islamic State' likely to decentralise financing The group's financial operations are expected to move away from a centralised model in Iraq and Syria into a much more fragmented one after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Human Rights 2019-11-27 Russia threatening showdown over Syria chemical weapons probe Moscow is threatening to block next year's budget for the world's chemical weapons watchdog in its latest attempt to cover up crimes committed by Syrian and Russian troops. Media 2019-11-26 EU police deal 'severe blow' to IS online propaganda The European Union's police agency, Europol, said it had suppressed 26,000 IS-related pieces of content, including videos and social media accounts. Terrorism 2019-11-25 Tajikistan slips 24 places on Global Terrorism Index A prison riot for which 'Islamic State' (IS) took responsibility damaged Tajikistan's standing. Diplomacy 2019-11-25 EU meeting highlights geopolitical importance of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan is a potential exporter of natural gas to EU countries, yet has met stiff opposition and subterfuge to its energy ambitions from the Kremlin. Business 2019-11-25 Kazakh entrepreneurs, leaders criticise Russia's protectionist policy If Russia continues to skirt its responsibilities under the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), the union will fail, observers warn. Terrorism 2019-11-22 International seminar presents manuals for rehabilitating radicalised Kazakhs Participants in the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe event discussed best practices for rehabilitating returning foreign fighters and their families. Human Rights 2019-11-22 Gazprom sued by rights group over scandal-plagued Bishkek school Russian energy giant Gazprom unlawfully gained control of a multipurpose tuition-based school, and went back on its promises to the community and country, say Kyrgyz rights activists. Diplomacy 2019-11-22 Turkmen, US officials discuss widening co-operation on host of issues The officials reiterated their commitment to widening their relationship in political, trade-economic, cultural-humanitarian and other spheres. Terrorism 2019-11-21 Tajikistan to build new prison for terrorists A prison riot earlier this year initiated by militants led to 32 deaths. Terrorism 2019-11-21 Kazakhs on trial for joining IS in Syria committed 'horrific' crimes Reports of atrocities attributed to the defendants are stirring anger among Kazakhs. Terrorism 2019-11-20 Turkmen participation in IS sparks concerns over depth of radicalisation While the government has blocked information on the participation of Turkmens in conflicts abroad, reports of citizens being arrested for fighting alongside groups like IS continue to spread. Security 2019-11-19 Police reforms in Uzbekistan bring safety, confidence in law enforcement The Global Law and Order report published in November by Gallup confirmed that Uzbekistan is a safe country where law enforcement agencies enjoy the confidence of the public. Terrorism 2019-11-19 Convicted Kyrgyz woman publicly renounces extremist ideology The woman urged others to not take part in the activities of religious extremist organisations. Terrorism 2019-11-18 Russian bombing kills 9 civilians in Syria, as locals respond with Molotovs In the newest sign of growing unrest, a video shows local Syrians hurling Molotov cocktails and rocks at Russian military vehicles patrolling areas the Kremlin is attempting to occupy. Economy 2019-11-18 Kazakhstan ends infrastructure financing from China after payments deemed too onerous The light rail project in Kazakhstan is just the latest infrastructure programme financed by China to have gone sour in Central Asia. Diplomacy 2019-11-15 Russia's territorial expansion in Syria faces unwelcome reception Ever since Russian troops began expanding their territorial occupation of Syria, they have been met with fierce and angry resistance from locals. Terrorism 2019-11-15 As more Kyrgyz tap web for information, opportunities grow for extremists According to the Kyrgyz Prosecutor General's Office, division of society on the basis of religion, ethnicity, race and gender has been increasing online. Women's Rights 2019-11-14 50 Afghan women to obtain higher education at Kazakh, Uzbek universities Kazakhstan has spent more than $80 million so far in aiding Afghanistan, including $3.5 million to build medical centres and schools and to rebuild roads and bridges. Security 2019-11-13 Kazakhstan praised as global mediator at recent Astana Club meeting A new surge in terrorism, as well as a wave of aggressive nationalism and populism, were among the main threats discussed by participants in the annual meeting. Security 2019-11-12 Kremlin seen using IS attack in Tajikistan to further interests in region Moscow has a history of exaggerating and scaremongering to try to convince Central Asian countries that they 'need' Russian military assistance. Security 2019-11-11 Bursting at the seams: inside an 'Islamic State' prison in Syria Kurdish authorities say more than 12,000 IS suspects of at least 50 nationalities are being held in prisons they control in Syria. Diplomacy 2019-11-08 Persecuted at home, ethnic Kazakhs from China seek asylum in Kazakhstan A million people, mostly of Muslim ethnic minorities, are estimated to be held in Xinjiang internment camps that authorities have called 'vocational education centres. Terrorism 2019-11-07 Jailed Kazakh IS member recounts radicalisation, regrets wasted youth Kazakh citizen Bakhtiyar Ibrayev says in a film that he was deceived by propaganda disseminated by the extremist group, which led him to fight for it in Syria. Security 2019-11-06 Worrying signs for Kremlin as Russian troops pelted with stones in Syria Resentment against Russia has been steadily growing in Syria amid new revelations the Kremlin has committed war crimes and atrocities against the Syrian people. Terrorism 2019-11-06 15 'Islamic State' members killed in attack on Tajik-Uzbek border post Recent reports suggest IS, with its so-called 'caliphate' now gone, appears to be shifting its focus to Afghanistan and other countries close by. Energy 2019-11-05 Ashgabat eyes prospect of Turkmen gas supplies to Europe If completed, an undersea pipeline would allow Turkmenistan to send tens of billions of cubic metres of gas to European markets annually and bypass the Russian pipeline system. Security 2019-11-04 Kazakh, Tajik defence ministers confer on expanded security co-operation Kazakh Defence Minister Nurlan Yermekbayev and his Tajik counterpart, Sherali Mirzo, discussed joint operations planned for 2020. Science & Technology 2019-11-04 Joint US-Kazakh non-proliferation programme marks a quarter century of co-operation The US Defence Threat Reduction Agency and Kazakhstan have been preventing the spread of WMDs and other terrorist dangers. Security 2019-11-01 Tajik forces open new security outpost on Afghan border The new facility aims to significantly increase the border force's ability to monitor and prevent illegal border crossings and counter trans-national threats. Economy 2019-11-01 Uzbeks speak out about risks to sovereignty in joining Russia-dominated EEU The country could become politically and economically dependent on Russia should it join the bloc, warn economists and political analysts. Terrorism 2019-11-01 'Islamic State' confirms al-Baghdadi's death, names new successor Little is known about new IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, except that he is the group's leading judge and heads the Sharia committee.