Tag Archives: Central Asia

Thinking Aloud: What’s in a Name?

Oct. 24, 2015 by Darius  Have you ever wondered, when referring to the language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, which term should be used, “Farsi” or “Persian”? The two aren’t actually complete synonyms. Both the terms “Persian” and “Farsi” … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: A Look at Central Asian Fighters in Syria, Part II

Feb. 25, 2015 by Darius [I recently attended a fascinating event on Central Asian fighters in Syria and especially how they are recruited over the internet.  Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, the speaker asked that the event … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: A Look at Central Asian Fighters in Syria, Part I

Feb. 24, 2015 by Darius I recently attended a fascinating event on Central Asian fighters in Syria and especially how they are recruited over the internet.  Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, the speaker asked that the event … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Contagion: As the Rouble Plunges, Central Asia Feels the Pain”

“Contagion: As the Rouble Plunges, Central Asia Feels the Pain” The Economist, January 17-23, 2015, p.38 http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21639564-rouble-plunges-central-asia-feels-pain-contagion “Russia’s economic crunch and a falling rouble—a consequence, exacerbated by economic mismanagement, of sharply lower global oil prices—worry millions of Central Asians who depend on … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Great Arab Conquests”

Dec. 8, 2014 by Darius I recently finished The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In by British professor and historian Hugh Kennedy.  It’s a quite readable account of the first century of Arab … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Re-imagining Post-Soviet Central Asia”

Dec. 6, 2014 by Darius I recently saw Natalie Koch, professor of geography at Syracuse University, present her work on the monumental building projects of the Central Asian countries modeled on those of the Arab Gulf States.  Her discussion of these … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index

Dec. 4, 2014 by Darius  This week, Transparency International released its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index, ranking the world’s countries by how corrupt their governments are perceived to be by their citizens. Those at the top and bottom of the list … Continue reading

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