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Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil
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Is Judicial Independence Finally Coming to Kyrgyzstan?

November 16, 2017Shamil Ibragimov, Joshua Russell
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After the Storm: Building a Better Houston

November 3, 2017John Henneberger

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Azerbaijan’s Wrong Turn

September 29, 2017 | Melina Milazzo

Authorities in Baku appear to be newly reinvigorated in their war on Azerbaijani dissidents living in exile. A recent alleged kidnapping and a new report each offer a disturbing reminder of this rising threat to human rights.

Central Asia at History’s Crossroads

July 14, 2017 | Leonard Benardo

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.

Russia’s Bombing of Aleppo Must End

October 5, 2016 | George Soros

I appeal to the people of Russia, Europe, and the rest of the world not to stand idly by, but to spread the word and voice their outrage.

Uzbekistan’s Perfect Storm of Corruption

May 26, 2016 | Jeff Goldstein

A new report examines corruption in the Central Asian state, where political and economic power have merged to create a hotbed of unscrupulous activity.

In Bishkek, a Community Struggles to Restore Its Vanishing Public Parks

December 1, 2015 | Raushanna Sarkeyeva

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan’s capital has seen a steady decline in the number of neighborhood parks. A new initiative hopes to bring them back to the city.

Want to Enhance Border Security? Improve Human Security

October 14, 2015 | Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh

Discussions of border security often neglect the human security needs of the communities whose lives are directly affected by what goes on there.

Ten Years after Uzbekistan’s Massacre, the Tragedy Continues to Unfold

May 12, 2015 | Alisher Ilkhamov

In 2005, Uzbek security forces killed hundreds of demonstrators in the city of Andijan. The lingering effects of that tragedy should give pause to countries thinking about re-engaging the regime.

Can Armenia’s Ties to the EU Be Saved?

April 29, 2015 | Larisa Minasyan

Ever since it reluctantly joined Russia’s economic union, civil society space in Armenia has been shrinking at an alarming rate.

Is Interpol Vulnerable to Political Abuse?

January 20, 2015 | Libby McVeigh, Alex Tinsley

The global policing organization is a crucial instrument in the fight against crime—and sometimes, a way for corrupt officials to hunt down their critics.

Kyrgyzstan’s New Anti-Gay Law Is Even Worse than Russia’s

December 17, 2014 | Syinat Sultanalieva

The law criminalizes any mention of “nontraditional sexual relations”—unless it’s hate speech, which will be perfectly legal.

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