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· September, 2016

Stories about Central Asia & Caucasus from September, 2016

Afghanistan Prepares Warily to Welcome Back One of its Most Explosive Sons

"When will Mr. Hekmatyar be launched at Kabul?"

Azerbaijan Holds a Referendum Marred by Violations. Does Anyone Care Anymore?

The changes passed further boost the powers of the hereditary dictatorship overseen by the ruling Aliyev family.

Uzbekistan's Late President Islam Karimov Leaves an Enduring and Terrifying Legacy

Unlike his regional counterparts he didn't build a cult of personality, but while in power Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov exercised an iron-fisted control over his citizens—and over narratives about the country.

Kyrgyzstan's World Nomad Games and the Hypermobile Archer Who Shocked the Internet

She did what???

9 Things to Love About Afghanistan

Some of the world's best bread, melons and pomegranates, plus a diverse people for whom hospitality is second nature. What could possibly go wrong?

What Central Asian Leaders Can Learn from Ban Ki-moon’s Last Speech as UN Secretary General

"My message is clear: serve your people. Don't subvert democracy. Don't pilfer your country’s resources. Don't imprison and torture your critics."

Lies, Damned Lies and the Health of Central Asian Presidents

The hype over Hillary Clinton's pneumonia was nothing. These guys spend their lives on the verge of death.

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