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Rabat – Morocco is more than ever decided to hold the 2026 World Cup. After campaigning in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, Morocco 2026's organizing committee is setting its sight on Central Asia, with the aim of convincing that part of the world that the kingdom's bid is the more deserving one in this ...
This latest session of the Majlis explored the ties Iran and Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have with the five Central Asian states. The expanding competition, for example, between Iran and Saudi Arabia has reached Central Asia, opening up new opportunities and ...

Extreme weather risk is rampant across Central Asia. In Tajikistan, as much as 36 percent of the country's territory is under threat from landslides. In the Kyrgyz Republic, avalanches pose a growing threat to communities, with more than 330 recorded avalanches occurring between 1990 and 2009.
BISHKEK (TCA) — A wind of change is blowing in Central Asia — the wind of renewed regional cooperation primarily originating from Uzbekistan, the region's main game-changer these days. We are republishing this article on the issue by Johan Engvall, originally published by the CACI Analyst:.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration has warned travelers to Central Asia about carrying a number of medications, namely Acetaminophen Codeine, Chlordiazepoxide, Diphenoxylate, Clonazepam, Coldax, Pseudoephedrine, Cold Stop, Tdol 100, Ray Dol, Phenylephrine and Cold Soda ...
First of all I want to note that the process of rapprochement of the peoples of Central Asia, which have a common history, geographical, cultural and religious affinity, is natural. Similar economic and political issues, traditionally established industrial and social ties create real prerequisites for closer ...

BISHKEK (TCA) — Central Asia is an area of increased geo-political interest of both Russia and China — with Russia being the main security guarantor in the region and China taking the lead in the economic sphere and regional infrastructure projects. We are republishing this article on the issue, originally ...
BISHKEK (TCA) — On March 15, a consultative meeting of Central Asian leaders was held in Astana. Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, and the Speaker of Turkmenistan's Parliament participated. It was the first summit in which the Central Asian leaders met separately.
A gathering of Central Asia presidents held in Kazakhstan's capital this week culminated in a joint declaration brimming with flowery language about new beginnings. For all the chatter about the potential emergence of a new regional bloc that preceded the event, however, the statement merely reaffirmed ...
A review of this year's statement (with special attention to Central Asia, because that's our beat here at Crossroad Asia), reveals ongoing concerns about the influence of Russia and China and Central Asia's advantageous positioning as a partner in the war in Afghanistan, which once again has become ...
China imported a total of 13.6bn m3 of natural gas during the winter season that started November 2017 until the end of February 2018 via Central Asia-China pipeline, up almost 14% year on year, CNPC said March 14. If gas imports from Myanmar, through the Myanmar-China pipeline, are included then ...
Art in every facet, craft in every design, soulfulness in every piece of work. Jewelcrafting at all times preserved its traditions. Judging by the artifacts made of precious metals and rare gems it is possible to trace the establishment of this type of applied art in Kazakhstan and its interaction with the cultures of ...
The five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan – only recently represented one of the most disconnected regions of the world, but have now launched a new regional cooperation drive. As a non-permanent of the UN Security Council, Kazakhstan is ...
Addressing the press after the summit, Nazarbayev praised the active economic cooperation of all countries of Central Asia with the Russian Federation and with China. He paid tribute to Mirziyoyev, stressing that he had been the initiator of the leaders' meeting. Nazarbayev said that all the leaders of the ...
The initiative of regular consultative meetings of the Central Asian leaders was put forward by President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the international conference 'Central Asia: Shared Past and Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity' held on 10-11 ...
Trend Micro researcher Jaromir Horejsi posted a blog about the attacks this week. In it he claims that the latest campaigns bear similarities to last year's activities. In 2017 the MuddyWater campaign used decoy documents such mimicking government organisations including the NSA. The targeted countries ...
On March 15, four of the five Central Asian presidents are set to meet in Astana. It is the first summit of Central Asian leaders in nearly a decade. The Diplomat reports in its article All Together Now: Central Asia's Leaders Set to Meet in Astana that with Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev playing host and ...

Put this in your mental blender: An ancient, good-versus-evil epic with a female lead, sonorous solo chants, and a chorus of stringed instruments decidedly unfamiliar to Western ears. This fusion of sensations might begin to conjure up a new multimedia project from Uzbekistan currently touring America and ...
During the autocratic Karimov's 27-year rule in Central Asia's most populous nation, its relations with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan were strained by disputes over transit routes, border security, water resources, and other issues. The handful of other Central Asian summits convened ...
The location is not surprising, given China's concern about Uighurs fighting in Iraq and Syria, some of whom could return through Afghanistan or Central Asia. Yet Beijing's presence has provoked some local concern, and increasing Chinese influence in the region could needle Russia, which traditionally ...
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 7 March 2018 - Six countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus are the latest to commit to using the Sendai Framework Monitor, the online tool launched on March 1, to improve disaster loss data collection in order to better inform national and local strategies for disaster risk ...
Today, we are witnessing a change in the existing world order. It is increasingly characterised by stronger regional blocs and geopolitical confrontations. In these conditions, we see the growing influence of Central Asia, a region that finds itself at the junction of interests of global and regional powers.
One point Anchesci made in his article honed in on the fact that despite large-scale infrastructure projects — such as the Central Asia pipeline from Turkmenistan to China — connectivity in the region has more often than not been outward-facing, or centrifugal. Grassroots connectivity, he wrote, has been ...
Gender equality, protection of rights, and expanding economic opportunities for women - these are the priority areas of work for the UN Women dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. The organization's special commission session will be held on the 12th of March in New York.
The capital of Kazakhstan will host for the second time the major blockchain conference of Central Asia Blockchain Conference Astana on June 14, 2018. This international event will bring together leaders of the blockchain and crypto industries from all over the globe to shape the way in which the digital ...
KABUL (TCA) — Iranian embassy officials in Kabul say that the development of a railway system in Afghanistan will help boost the country's trade with Iran and other Central Asian countries, and that in order to boost trade through its Chabahar port, Iran is working to connect Chabahar's railway line to the ...
Trump, Putin, Kremlin, U.S. Intelligence, Russia, Central Asia US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the “family photo” during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on ...
The State Secretary named the most promising areas such as transport, information and communication technologies, education, and environmental protection. Latvia also supports the expansion of political dialogue and contacts between the European Union and Central Asia, including Turkmenistan.
Colour is my first impression of Bukhara. The buildings in this Uzbek city are a warm ochre, the raven-haired women sweeping the road dressed in clashing man-made fabrics made more garish still by high-visibility vests – worn to warn off who knows what traffic, since the roads are devoid of cars. A cobalt blue sky ...
The eight countries most at risk include Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan in Central Asia, as well as Montenegro, and four other economies — Djibouti, Laos PDR, the Maldives and Pakistan. All of these countries have been the recipients of large amounts of funding for infrastructure projects and as a ...
As Uzbekistan plans to follow its poor, isolated neighbor Tajikistan with an inaugural external bond, investor frenzy in the frontier market has cooled with higher spreads since the beginning of the year as a new Center for Global Development (CGD) report warned of “high distress risk” in commercial loans ...
BISHKEK (TCA) — The Russian Foreign Ministry on March 3 criticized the claims by US Central Command (CENTCOM) commander Gen. Joseph Votel on Moscow's influence in Central Asia, saying that Russia maintains a mutually beneficial cooperation with the regional states, while Washington only ...
(CNN) — We were sweaty, hungry and covered in dust as we left the Bartang Valley on another bluebird day in the Pamir Mountains. After a spectacular, but exhausting, two-day hike under the blazing August sun, it was a relief to finally settle in under the shade of the van for the ride back to Khorugh, ...
The Bird Bulletin – bringing you beak-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia and beyond. BREAK 'THE SILENCE OF THE LEADERS'! – with EU Heads of State in Brussels this morning to discuss the EU Budget, 133 international NGOs, led by BirdLife Europe and NABU, held a 'Silence of the ...
A change at the helm of Uzbekistan 18 months ago turned out to be a game-changer that greatly improved relations in Central Asia, where the personality factor remains crucial. Anastassiya Reshetnyak is a research fellow at the Department of Foreign and International Security, Kazakhstan Institute for ...
Since becoming independent in 1991, the countries of Central Asia, both individually and collectively, have been viewed by many outsiders and even some of their own people as the inevitable objects of politics rather than as potential subjects. The region is widely considered one of international ...
In an emotional speech in New York, the leader of a small mountainous country, the Kyrgyz Republic called for drastic measures. President Almazbek Altambayev was referring to the numerous uranium mine dumps in Central Asia; a legacy of the former Soviet Union that poses a threat to the entire region.
Central Asia: Put Out the Islamic State Flags. Officials argue that the flag has the power to sow public unrest and propagate terrorist activities. Mar 1, 2018. A screengrab of a Kyrgyzstan state TV report purporting to show an Islamic State flag recovered after a gunfight in central Bishkek in July 2015. A curious little drama has ...
Speaking at a public event organised by EURACTIV in Brussels, EU officials shed light on the Union's relation with Kazakhstan, saying it was increasingly becoming a model for the wider region of Central Asia. The EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Slovak diplomat Peter Burian, spoke in Brussels ...
ASTANA – Fighting terrorism and extremism, including radicalisation, tackling drug and arms trafficking as well as environment and water management issues are among key security challenges faced by the European Union (EU) and Central Asia, according to experts who gathered Feb. 22-23 in Astana ...
Iranian cement producers are apparently planning to export cement to Africa after the country experienced difficulties in the Central Asian market, a major producer told Trend. “We are planning to offer gray cement in the African market at suitable prices over the next [fiscal] year [starting March 20]. However ...
The new strategy of the European Union will be adopted for Central Asia. It is expected that the agreement will be prepared by mid-2019. The strategy will lay out the main priorities for further cooperation. According to the head of the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan Traian Hristea, in order to ...
Presently, disturbed weather conditions are prevailing east of the Mediterranean Sea. Thus, in the coming days, the Middle East is expected to witness some weather activity in the form of rain as well as sandstorms in some parts. Meanwhile, Central Asia is also expected to have plenty of weather in terms ...
The Bird Bulletin – bringing you beak-sized updates from across Europe & Central Asia and beyond. BREAK 'THE SILENCE OF THE LEADERS'! – with EU Heads of State in Brussels this morning to discuss the EU Budget, 133 international NGOs, led by BirdLife Europe and NABU, held a 'Silence of the ...
MOSCOW, February 23. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov on Friday to discuss bilateral relations and the situation in Central Asia. The Uzbek foreign minister is paying a working visit to Moscow to focus on the implementation of ...
Central Asia: development of cooperation. 22.02.2018 10:53 91. The Central Asian states intend to expand and strengthen multilateral cooperation with the Middle East and South Asian countries. Opportunities and prospects for the revival of modern trends were discussed during the first three-regional conference in Astana ...
The initiative is aimed at mobilizing the positive energy, open-mindedness and dynamism of young people in Central Asia as a potential force to counter extremist influences and narratives in the vulnerable communities. This will be achieved through local-level youth engagement initiatives and measures ...
Mr. Peter Burian, the European Union Special Representative for Central Asia, together with a delegation from the European External Action Service, public sector representatives, non-governmental organizations, the diplomatic corps, and experts from research centers and universities from Kazakhstan, ...
ASTANA – The European Union (EU) seeks to further expand its partnership with Central Asia and refine new cooperation mechanisms to address existing and emerging security challenges, said EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian Feb. 22 during the international conference in the ...
It also invited the Heads of national drug monitoring centres in Central Asia to attend its latest annual extended meeting of the Reitox network, bringing new opportunities for networking and discussing drug monitoring challenges. In October 2017, the agency hosted an expert from Kazakhstan for a ...



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