The Central Asianist Podcast

Top experts and journalists from around the world discuss the politics, economy, and culture of Central Asia, covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.

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Top experts and journalists from around the world discuss the politics, economy, and culture of Central Asia. Hosted by Nate Schenkkan.
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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’s 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...

Episode 15 - Human Rights Watch

This episode I spoke with Mihra Rittmann, Central Asia researcher and Bishkek office director for Human Rights Watch. Mihra talked about the foreign agents and anti-gay legislation in Kyrgyzstan, about the pressure on civil society, the media, and oppo...

Episode 14 - Eurasian Economic Union

In this episode, I spoke with Rilka Dragneva-Lewers of the University of Birmingham about the Eurasian Economic Union: what it really is, how it is developing, and whether the recent European Commission plan to use it as a tool of engagement with Russi...

Episode 13 - Kyrgyzstan after the Elections

For this episode, the podcast talked with Chris Rickleton, Central Asia editor for Global Voices. We talked about the results of the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan, what kind of coalition might form now, and what President Almazbek Atambaev migh...

Episode 12 - Walking Almaty

For this episode, I took a break from the news cycle to talk with Dennis Keen of the website Walking Almaty. Dennis has carved out a fascinating niche by paying attention to and taking pleasure in all sorts of small details that most of us walk right b...

End of an Era ‚Äď Crackdown on the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan

For this episode, I talked with Hélène Thibault, post-doctoral researcher at the Center for International Studies at the University of Montreal, about the crackdown on the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), which the government banned in l...

Episode 10 - Parliamentary Elections in Kyrgyzstan

For this episode I spoke with Erica Marat about the parliamentary elections coming up October 4 in Kyrgyzstan. The elections are the first since 2010, and feature a bewildering jumble of familiar faces from Kyrgyzstan's poltiical scene. All the major p...

Episode 9 - Kazakhstan Floats the Tenge

In this episode, I spoke with Alex Nice of the Economist Intelligence Unit about Kazakhstan's decision to float its national currency after more than a year of trying to defend it against devaluation. We used the Kazakhstani decision as a launching poi...

Episode 8 - The Insurgency in Northern Afghanistan

In this episode, I spoke with Obaid Ali, assistant country director & researcher at the Afghanistan Analysts Network. Obaid just returned from a research trip through northeastern Afghanistan, including Badakshan and Kunduz provinces on the border ...

Episode 7 - Northern Afghanistan& Tajikistan

For this episode I talked with Christian Bleuer, a research fellow at the Australian National University's Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies. We discussed the recent insurgent gains in northern Afghanistan, and whether those pose any threat to the Ce...

Episode 6 - Turkmenistan Briefing

For this episode, I talked with Muhammad Tahir, the director of RFE/RL's Turkmen service, to get a briefing on the latest issues in Turkmenistan. What is the economic situation after the sudden devaluation in January of the national currency, the manat...

Episode 5 - The Regional Economic Crisis

For this episode, I talked with Alex Nice of the Economist Intelligence Unit about the regional economic crisis in Central Asia caused by the Western sanctions on Russia and the decline in global oil prices. How are Central Asian governments and centra...

Episode 4 - The Iran Deal& Central Asia

For this podcast, I talked with Luca Anceschi, Lecturer in Central Asian Studies at the University of Glasgow, about the implications of a potential Iran deal for Central Asia.What would Iran opening for business mean for Central Asia, especially for ...

Episode 3 - Elections in Uzbekistan& Kazakhstan with Joanna Lillis

For this episode I spoke with Joanna Lillis, Chief Central Asia correspondent for, about the recent presidential election in Uzbekistan and the one upcoming April 26 in Kazakhstan. What do elections in these closed countries look and fee...

Episode 2 - The Myth of Radicalization with John Heathershaw

Episode 2 - The Myth of Radicalization with John HeathershawThis is a follow-up to Episode 1 that I originally recorded thinking they would go together, then decided should appear as separate episodes. I spoke with John Heathershaw of Exeter University...

Episode 1: ISIS in Central Asia& Central Asians in ISIS

We talk with expert Noah Tucker about how ISIS recruitment of Central Asians works online, and what ISIS means for Central Asians.