The Central Asianist Podcast

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  Episode 25 - Of politics and patronage in Kyrgyzstan

In episode 25, I talk with Aksana Ismailbekova about her book Blood Ties and the Native Son: Poetics of Patronage in Kyrgyzstan, published by Indiana University Press. Blood Ties and the Native Son is an ethnographic study of patronage, kinship relati...

  Episode 24 - Order at the Central Asian Bazaars

In this podcast, I speak with Regine A. Spector, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, about her book, Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia, from Cornell University Press.  Bazaars, includ...

  Episode 23 - Nationalism in Central Asia

In this episode, I speak with Nick Megoran, Reader in Political Geography at Newcastle University, about his new book, Nationalism in Central Asia: A Biography of the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Boundary. The book is an engaging and perspective-shifting acco...

  Episode 22 - The Changing Situation of Central Asian Labor Migrants in Russia

In this episode, I speak with Yan Matusevich, a migration researcher with a focus on the post-Soviet space, about how the situation for labor migrants in Russia is changing in light of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Yan and I discuss a variety of ...

  Episode 21 - Turkmenistan‚Äôs Growing Economic Crisis

In this episode, I speak with Farruh Yusupov, the director of RFE/RL’s Turkmen service Azatlyk, about the burgeoning economic crisis in Turkmenistan and whether the government will be able to find a way out. With both Russia and Iran having ended the ...

  Episode 20 - Thaw or No Thaw in Uzbekistan?

In this episode, I spoke with Bakhtiyor Nishanov, the deputy director for Eurasia of the International Republican Institute (IRI), about whether Uzbekistan is experiencing a thaw since the death of Islam Karimov in August 2016. Bakhti and I discuss Uzb...

  Episode 19 - Dictators without Borders

In this episode, I spoke with Dr. John Heathershaw, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter about his new book with Alexander A. Cooley, Dictators without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia, published this mo...

  Episode 18 - The Strange Case of Jaysh al-Mahdi& Mr. ISIS

In this¬†episode, I spoke¬†with independent journalists Franco Galdini and Zukhra Iakupbaeva about ‚ÄúThe Strange Case of Jaysh al-Mahdi and Mr. ISIS: How Kyrgyzstan‚Äôs Elites Manipulate the Threat of Terrorism for Their Own Benefit.‚ÄĚ In this paper publishe...

  Episode 17 - OBOR (Part 2)

For this episode, I talked with Angela Stanzel of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) about the think tank's new report, Absorb & Conquer: An EU Approach to Russian & Chinese Integration in Eurasia. This episode is a follow-up to e...

  Episode 16 - OBOR (Part 1)

For this episode, I spoke with Sarah Lain of the Royal United Services Institute about China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) plans in Central Asia--what they are and aren't, the assumptions behind them, and how different Central Asian countries have respond...