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Azerbaijan’s constitutional referendum: Entrenchment of the Aliyev clan

On September 26th, authoritarian Azerbaijan will hold a constitutional referendum over expanding presidential powers. The results are a forgone conclusion.

Politics South and Central Asia

China-Vietnam agreement signals regional shift in the South China Sea

Amidst China’s land reclamation and militarization in the South China Sea, the recent deal with Vietnam has far reaching implications for the region

Politics South and Central Asia

The death of Islam Karimov is the end of an era, but not the system

In a GRI Guest Post, Pierre-Olivier and Matthew Holland explore the key impacts of the recent death of Uzbekistan’s long-time regime leader.

Politics South and Central Asia

Did playing hockey with Medvedev get Kazakhstan’s PM fired?

Prime Minister Karim Massimov has been ousted by Kazakhstan’s leader after a flurry of social media activity. There is more to this than meets the eye.

Economics South and Central Asia

China’s new state-backed venture capital fund to boost innovation

China recently announced the establishment of a new state-backed venture capital fund. The fund aims to bolster innovation, but will it live up to the buzz?

Security South and Central Asia Under The Radar

Under the Radar: If Islam Karimov is dead, China’s LNG imports are threatened

The death of Islam Karimov could throw Uzbekistan into a succession crisis, undermining stability, emboldening terrorists, and threatening the New Silk Road.

Economics South and Central Asia

The OBOR initiative unveils Beijing’s ambitions in Central Asia

Since the launch of the China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative, China has focused its efforts in the expansion of its presence in Central Asia.

South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

Hacking the Kazakh way, top-down

The ferocity of the Kazakh government’s cyber campaign against dissent in Kazakhstan inspires comparisons to China’s Great Firewall.

Security South and Central Asia Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Maldives faces coup and heightened terror threat

The combination of increasing political turmoil and worrying radicalization trends sees the Maldives facing significant risks in the short to medium term.

Economics South and Central Asia

Economic repercussions of the Thailand bombings

In the wake of a number of bombings across Southern Thailand, Thai authorities have been quick to rule out international terrorism as the cause. Despite this move to protect vital