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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.

In the Information Battle with Post-Soviet States, the West Is Losing Ground

April 17, 2017 | Adam Hug

A new report examines how propaganda and disinformation are being disseminated across Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, and elsewhere, including across Europe and America—and what can be done about it.

In Azerbaijan, It’s the Media Who Pay the Price

December 4, 2015 | Emin Milli

In a nation where reporters face sometimes deadly risks, an exiled journalist believes even one independent media outlet can spark lasting change.

Could This Media Outlet Change the Way Russians View the News?

April 9, 2015 | Gregory Shvedov

At the independent media outlet Caucasian Knot, a small team of journalists is doing something almost unheard of in Russia: reporting the news without self-censorship.

Four Photographers Share Their Visions for Change

November 13, 2013 | Anna Overstrom-Coleman

Four photographers have been awarded Audience Engagement Grants to work with young people in New York City and the Lakota Nation, Kyrgyz migrants, and people with disabilities.

Turkey’s Twitter Generation Is Its European Future

June 25, 2013 | Heather Grabbe

Turkey’s protests signify a clash between a modernizing society and a still rigid and old-fashioned political system.

Photographers from Central Eurasia to Document Human Rights Issues in Their Home Region

October 3, 2012 | Rachel Denber

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project announces winners of the 2012 Production Grant to Individual Photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan.

Desert of Forbidden Art

July 29, 2012 | Andrea Csanadi, Eleanor Kelly

How a museum in the remote desert of north western Uzbekistan came to house one of the world's most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art.

How the Internet Changed the Face of a Tragedy in Turkmenistan

August 4, 2011 | Masha Feiguinova

After a deadly explosion killed more than 1,300 people in infamously repressive Turkmenistan, citizen journalism not only broke, but also challenged, the official version of the news.

Reviving the “Kyrgyz Miracle”

July 29, 2011 | Jildiz Kudaibergen

A new film looks at the cost of labor migration for women in Kyrgyzstan and aims to bring renewed attention to the country's once-heralded film industry.