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Recent Reports

Kyrgyzstan: Widening Ethnic Divisions in the South, Asia Report N°222, 29 Mar 2012

Kyrgyzstan’s disregard for its Uzbek community is pushing the ethnic minority to a breaking point.

The Pogroms in Kyrgyzstan, Asia Report Nº193, 23 Aug 2010

Without prompt, genuine and exhaustive measures to address the damage done by the pogroms, Kyrgyzstan risks another round of terrible violence.


Kyrgyzstan: A Hollow Regime Collapses, Asia Briefing Nº102, 27 Apr 2010

The collapse of the Kyrgyz regime is a case study of the risks facing authoritarianism in Central Asia. What happened in Kyrgyzstan could happen in most of its neighbouring countries. And the consequences could indeed be much worse.

Women and Radicalisation in Kyrgyzstan, Asia Report N°176, 3 Sep 2009

Kyrgyzstan’s in­creasingly authoritarian government is adopting a counter-productive approach to the country’s growing radicalisation.

Kyrgyzstan: A Deceptive Calm, Asia Briefing N°79, 14 Aug 2008

Long viewed as a relatively liberal aberration in Central Asia’s authoritarian landscape, Kyrgyzstan has since the autumn of 2007 transformed its political system into a functional one-party state ruled by a small elite, with President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s family at its core.


Kyrgyzstan: The Challenge of Judicial Reform, Asia Report N°150, 10 Apr 2008

Kyrgyzstan’s judiciary is failing to act as a neutral arbiter of political disputes or as a fair channel for economic arbitration.


Kyrgyzstan on the Edge, Asia Briefing N°55, 9 Nov 2006

Street battles between thousands of pro and anti-government protestors broken up by police billy clubs and tear gas in the central square of the capital this week illustrate dramatically that Kyrgyzstan is on the verge of political breakdown and possible civil war.


Kyrgyzstan’s Prison System Nightmare, Asia Report N°118, 16 Aug 2006

While Kyrgyzstan still struggles to find political stability in the wake of its 2005 revolution, deteriorating conditions in its prison system, known by its Russian acronym GUIN, pose a threat to the fragile state’s security and public health.


Kyrgyzstan: A Faltering State, Asia Report N°109, 16 Dec 2005

Kyrgyzstan’s post-revolution government lurches from crisis to crisis in the face of worsening political violence, prison revolts, serious property disputes and popular disillusion.


Kyrgyzstan: After the Revolution, Asia Report N°97, 4 May 2005

The March 2005 popular revolt ended President Askar Akaev's increasingly authoritarian fourteen-year rule and gave political and economic progress a chance.

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Kirgistan: Die richtige Katastrophe kommt erst noch

Louise Arbour
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 29 Sep 2010

Kirguizistán Dividido

Louise Arbour
Foreign Policy Edición Española, 14 Sep 2010

Le sud du Kirghizstan au bord de la catastrophe

Louise Arbour
Rue89, 14 Sep 2010

Quirguistão Dividido

Louise Arbour
Público, 9 Sep 2010

Kyrgyzstan: The void in Asia's heart

Louise Arbour
The Guardian, 26 Aug 2010
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Kyrgyzstan since the Tulip Revolution

An interactive timeline of Kyrgyzstan's recent history, charting major events since the 2005 "Tulip Revolution". Watch



False Calm after Elections in Kyrgyzstan

23 October 2010: Four months after violence against immigrants, Kyrgyzstan is forming a new government.  How will this contribute to stability? Crisis Group’s Central Asia Project Director, Paul Quinn-Judge, tells us what's happening, and why. Listen


Kyrgyzstan: A conflict-torn country  

6 July 2010: Paul Quinn-Judge, Crisis Group's Central Asia Project Director, talks about the current situation in Kyrgyzstan and which measures urgently need to be taken to avoid further violence. Listen