Category Kyrgyzstan

Notes from the Road: Outdoor Adventures in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

CES is back after several weeks on the road!  We enjoyed a weekend exploring the Fan Mountains of Western Tajikistan, hiked the Ala Archa National Park south of Bishkek and explored the natural splendor surrounding the eastern Kyrgyz township of Karakol.  Bathing in the afterglow of these fine adventures, we thought it appropriate to reflect […]

CES Explainer: Kyrgyzstan’s Manas air base – why it’s closing and what it means

For the past 12 years, the Manas Transit Center was the main route for US troops and supplies into Afghanistan. It was somewhat dramatically called the “Gateway to Afghanistan on the Freedom Frontier”. The base is located near the main civilian airport in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, approximately 30 minutes outside of its capital city, Bishkek. On […]

Western Media & Pop Culture’s Casual Racism Against Eurasian Peoples

Turkic peoples, people from the Caucasus and the Central Asian states in general are portrayed terribly in the media, when they get any screen time at all. Watching Scandal on Netflix really set me off recently. There is a scene in which the fictional First Lady describes why she wants more for her daughters, and […]

10 Reasons the US Foreign Policy Community Can’t Afford to Ignore Eurasia

2014 is bound to be a year of pundits asking, ad nauseam, ‘What’s next for Afghanistan?” It’s an important question, especially with Iraq currently providing a harrowing harbinger of what can go wrong after a drawdown of US forces.  However, in the din surrounding the pull-out from Afghanistan, questions about strategy for the larger Central […]

China’s New Central Asian Investments: A Quick Guide

China’s been busy lately. The Prime Minister of China, Xi Jinping toured of four of the Central Asian states. The story is well covered, and his tour is just one facet of China’s global resource grab. Earlier this week the news broke that China is renting 1/20th of Ukraine, or an area the size of Armenia, […]

Kyrgyz democracy is undermining Kyrgyz democracy

In March of 2011, democracy was progressing in Kyrgyzstan. Less than a year before, a bloody revolution and ethnic violence threatened the small state with civil war. Instead, a female head of state stepped down to allow an elected leader to take her place as President. It was seen internationally as a watershed moment in […]

CES on the Ground: An interview with Carolyn Drake, author of Two Rivers

We were lucky enough to snag an interview with Carolyn Drake, who created a beautiful photography book that looks at life along the two main rivers in Central Asia, the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya, over her years of travel in the region. The New Yorker recently wrote an article on the book and a […]