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Adil Nurmakov · April, 2010

I am a researcher from Almaty, Kazakhstan. I hold Ph.D. in Political Science, run an NGO, several online projects and a personal blog.

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Latest posts by Adil Nurmakov from April, 2010

Afghanistan: Taliban reintegration plans

Nick Fielding reflects on the plans to reintegrate Taliban fighters back into society of Aghanistan, reviewing a new report by the Afghan Analysts Network.

Afghanistan: Kabul’s Restaurant Raids

Kabul expat writes that last week four of most popular alcohol-serving restaurants in the capital of Afghanistan were raided in quick succession, sending chills through the expat community.

Kyrgyzstan: Ousted president denies resignation

Akmal writes that Kyrgyzstan’s former president, who left the country and found haven in Belarus, now declares that he does not recognize his resignation.

Turkmenistan: Same neighborhood, worlds apart

Although they are neighbors, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are worlds apart economically and politically. Annasoltan examines some of the big differences with some potentially controversial arguments.

Tajikistan: The scandalous lawsuit backpedaled

Alpharabius keeps an eye on the developments around a multimillion lawsuit that had been launched by the three judges against 3 leading independent newspapers in Tajikistan. The judges have offered...

Kyrgyzstan: Resignation faxed

Kyrgyz blogger writes about the details of the resignation of ousted Kyrgyz president Bakiev. The author also attaches scans of the resignation fax from the former head of the state,...

Turkmenistan: Healthcare system in shadow of secrecy

Turkmenistan’s healthcare system is decrepit but veiled in totalitarian secrecy, says a report by humanitarian organization MSF. “Trying to scare off criticism by baring its teeth will not save our...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev on a visit to Washington, D.C.

KZBlog analyzes the visit of Kazakhstan president Nazarbayev to the United States, his high-level meetings and topics discussed.

Kazakhstan: Internet Users Love Opera

KZBlog informs that Opera 10 is the most popular browser in Kazakhstan. As journalists allege, this might be due to the feature which compresses web pages on a remote server....

Afghanistan: Forgotten Hindus and Sikhs

Afghanistan is home to many ethnicities and religions, including small communities of Hindus and Sikhs, Nick Fielding says and tells some facts about the history and culture of these groups.

Afghanistan: The insurgency leader speaks up

Nick Fielding reviews the rare interview with Sirajuddin Haqqani, commander of Taliban forces in Paktia, Khost and Paktika (Afghanistan).

Mongolia: Earthquake in Ulaanbaatar

Radigan Neuhalfen writes a story about the most recent earthquake in Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, and also provides a background of seismic research in this country.

Kyrgyzstan: Social Media Matters

Sarah Kendzior analyzes the role of new media in the popular uprising in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan: President Bakiev fled, resigned

Michael Hancock describes the details surrounding the escape and resignation of ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiev.

Kazakhstan: Long-Awaited Almaty Metro

Michael Hancock tells about the project of long-promised metro system in Almaty, the biggest city in Kazakhstan. It is currently nearing completion, voices concerns over seismic activeness of the region...

Afghanistan: Grapples with drug problem

Nasim Fekrat says that there are more than two million drug users in the country, and this number has doubled over the past two years.

Kazakhstan: Birds, Polish tragedy and Governance

Discussions of the Kazakhstani bloggers this week were centered around three topics, all related to the deep-rooted problems of governance in the country.

Kazakhstan: Uranium World Bank Becomes A Reality?

Joshua Foust weighs the perspectives of Kazakhstan’s plans to serve as the primary global “bank” for refined uranium products.

Afghanistan: Some Tricky Numbers

Joshua Foust analyzes the latest freshly released numbers about opium seizures in Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan: Black market currency trade

Nathan says that serious economic trouble in Uzbekistan is represented by the proliferation of black market currency trading, as the value of the national currency rapidly decreases.

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