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On 2 September (although unofficial reports cited 29 August as the date), the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov died in Tashkent.

Point of View | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

Governed by an authoritarian regime Kazakhstan has been making efforts to modernise and has been searching for new development models free of Soviet legacy.

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

The Aktobe attacks are yet another sign of intensifying internal tension in Kazakhstan, generated by the deteriorating standard of living.

Analyses | | Józef Lang

CASA 1000 was one of the projects initiated after the intervention in Afghanistan as part of the US geopolitical strategy in the region.

OSW Commentary | | Józef Lang

Since gaining its independence Tajikistan has faced severe political, economic and social problems. The last several months has seen a clear increase in their intensity.

OSW Commentary | | Jan Strzelecki

The economic crisis in Russia is affecting the uncompetitive post-Soviet economies which are dependent on Moscow.

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

The early elections are being held in a difficult socio-economic situation. They are part of an process of adjusting the state’s direction.