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Nathan Hamm

The former Regional Editor for Central Asia & the Caucasus, I have now hung up my keyboard and moved on to emeritus status.

More of my blogging can be found at the oldest English language blog on Central Asia and Caucasus,

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Latest posts by Nathan Hamm

Armenia: Power Plates

Armenia Blog has photos of prestigious license plates.

Central Asia: China's Soft Power

At, Joshua Foust examines how Central Asia might be impacted by China's soft power.

Uzbekistan: Electioneering

Uzbekistan's president has been making numerous trips to various regions of Uzbekistan in what Jamiyat of neweurasia calls the launch of a re-election campaign.

Tajikistan: Reforms Continue

James reports on the continued reforms being implemented by Tajikistan's President Rahmon. The president argues that his cultural reforms are designed to cut back on excessive spending by impoverished citizens,...

Tajikistan: Truce Anniversary

Beyond the River says that recent political developments highlight questions that have remained open since the peace agreement in Tajikistan's civil war, the tenth anniversary of which is coming in...

Armenia: Road Work

Notes from Hairenik reports on traffic nightmares in Yerevan and a planned two years of construction on major roadways.

Afghanistan: The Next President

Afghanistanica considers what makes for an electable presidential candidate in Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan: Demographic Explosion

Libertad wonders how the government of Uzbekistan will be able to handle providing services to the country's rapidly increasing population.

Tajikistan: Safer Skies

Vadim says that the purchase of new, modern planes will help Tajikistan's airline become safer.

Kyrgyzstan: Men's Health

Genderstan discusses men's health as a gender issue in Kyrgyzstan, noting that deleterious cultural attitudes about masculinity are often ignored.

Armenia: Future in a Flat World

Nazarian writes about Armenia's place in a globalizing economy.

Mongolia: Firefighter Tragedy

Tom Terry writes that while many in the United States are grieving the deaths of 9 firefighters in South Carolina, many in Mongolia are mourning the deaths of 14 firefighters...

Central Asia: Peak Oil

Bonnie Boyd explains what peak oil has to do with Central Asian states and warns that they must use petrodollars to build a foundation for the future.

Armenia: Colorful Cranes

Artur speculates that the reason more and more tourists are coming to Yerevan is to see all the colorful cranes.

Afghanistan: Kuchi-Hazara Dustup

Ronin reports that the recent clash between Hazaras and Kuchis in Afghanistan has been resolved with the Kuchis withdrawing to Pashtun land.

Tajikistan: Who's the Target?

Vadim asks who exactly was targeted in recent bombings in Tajikistan.

Central Asia: Failing States

Non Pon looks at how Central Asian states fared in the recently released Failed State Index.

Caucasus: Not a Region

Artur says that the South Caucasus is an artificial and unnecessary construct — that the three countries within in have little in common.

Kyrgyzstan: Manliness and Bridenapping

Nurbek says that bride kidnapping is not for real men. The tradition of bride kidnapping has revived since the collapse of the Soviet Union in Kyrgyzstan.

Mongolia: Dr. Ayurzana Bold

Birding Mongolia eulogizes Dr. Ayurzana Bold, a highly respected biologist and ornithologist from Mongolia who passed away on June 10.

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