Archive for the ‘Uzbekistan’ Category

Uzbekistan Prioritizes Pakistani Over Iranian Ports

Courtesy of The Diplomat, a report on how Tashkent – in an effort to access seaports at lower costs and shorter distances – may look to Pakistani ports as the answer: Tashkent has been working on creating shorter and cheaper transportation corridors to access seaports since the country’s independence. On February 2, the first trilateral talks […]

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Tracking the Digital Component of the BRI in Central Asia: Exporting “Safe Cities” to Uzbekistan

Via Jamestown Foundation, a look at one component of the Digital Silk Road: Following the 2013 announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) at a speech given by People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping during visit to Kazakhstan, Central Asia has been a key regional priority and an indispensable element for the success […]

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Uzbekistan Rising as Central Asian Integration Catalyst

Via Eurasianet, commentary on Uzbekistan’s growing relevance as Central Asia’s regional integrator and power broker: A new dynamic governing regional integration is shaping up in Central Asia. Uzbekistan is challenging Kazakhstan’s position as the region’s power broker, and China’s economic choices may well be a critical factor in determining the outcome of the leadership rivalry. […]

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A Closer Look at Uzbekistan’s Privatization Push

Via The Diplomat, an article on Uzbekistan’s latest privatization push: Until recently, investors wishing to purchase stakes in the largest open-pit gold mine in the world, the former KGB building in Tashkent, or the Uzbek Coca-Cola plant would have to contend with a sigh. Now, as part of a highly-publicized privatization program under President Mirziyoyev, […]

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Afghanistan-Uzbekistan-Pakistan Railway Line Mapped Out

Via Ariana News, a report on a planned Afghanistan-Uzbekistan-Pakistan railway line: Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan on Tuesday signed an agreement for a landmark railway link aimed at bolstering trade ties between Central and South Asia.   The signing ceremony for the multi-billion-dollar project took place in Tashkent, and was attended by senior officials from the three […]

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Winter Energy Woes Bedevil Central Asia

Via The Diplomat, a look at how Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan have all suffered in recent months from shortages and blackouts, leaving their citizens to experience cold nights and darkened lights: As the new year was just beginning, the lights went dark in Kabul. Afghan media reported last week that in one 24 hour period late in the […]

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