Supporters see Sadyr Japarov as a hero of the people, detractors as a demagogic despot-in-waiting and a friend to organized crime. Our profile of the man expected to win Kyrgyzstan's presidential election this weekend:
As the globe warms and sea levels rise, the lands abutting the Caspian Sea are facing the opposite problem. The consequences, scientists warn, could be environmentally, economically and politically “catastrophic.”
New Year’s holidays have been put on hold for most people in Turkmenistan, because of the COVID-19 outbreak that the government denies is happening, but that does not mean the president can’t have some fun.
An Armenian military withdrawal from positions near the border with Azerbaijan has left many residents of southern Armenia feeling dangerously exposed and forcing Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to travel to the region to try to tamp down tensions.
Rayimbek Matraimov, Kyrgyzstan's eminence grise, has been arrested and placed under U.S. sanctions this year. But with the emerging national leadership seemingly on his side, he still looks relatively safe.