Category Media

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 […]

It’s Not Just LGBT That The Sochi Games Are Hurting – Here’s Seven Other Reasons Putin’s Games are Shameful

  The Sochi Games have already brought a lot of attention to shameless corruption and gross violations of human rights in Russia, all the while revealing the deterioration of state institutions. Thus, as a political prestige-boosting enterprise, the 2014 Winter Olympics are already a failure.                                     – Pavel K. Baev, for the Jamestown […]

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, […]

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 […]

Opposition figures missing in Tajikistan

Two opposition figures, representing two separate interest groups in Tajikistan, have been reported missing since March 15. Since the violence in the remote region of Gorno-Badakhshan in July of 2012, there’s been not-so-subtle crackdown on opposition, increased restrictions of online activity and now two prominent activists disappearing within days of each other. With elections planned […]

Gangster Squad: The Caucasus

Gangsters brings to mind an age of machine guns, cigars, prohibition, bombshell damsels looking for a way out, and most recently, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling being attractive together. There’s a vague remembrance that these are people whose lifestyles are predicated on extortion, violence, oppression, and death. But when it’s just so romanticized by Hollywood, […]