IWPR Articles

IWPR holds regular trainings for students and journalists from across Central Asia, with their materials published in Russian and national languages on the analytical platform CABAR.asia and in English for international readers on iwpr.net . Articles by IWPR reporters cover current events andsignificant trends that affect the lives of people in the whole Central Asian region.

History of Vaccines: From Shamans To Halal Vaccines

An avalanche of vaccine refusals, and consequently the measles outbreak in Central Asia is only a part of a global trend observed by doctors and researchers across the globe. According to the estimates of WHO experts, in 2018 the number of diseases caused by vaccine refusals increased by 30 per cent. This led to the death of over 100 thousand people, the majority of which were unvaccinated children.
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Christian Minorities in Kazakhstan: As Quiet As the Grave

According to the Open Doors international organisation, which serves persecuted Christians worldwide, Kazakstan, along with three other Central Asian states, has been listed as a country where it’s “most dangerous to follow Jesus”. Meanwhile, Astana positions the country as a “model of religious freedom and tolerance”.
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Latin Alphabet for Kazakhstan: Turkification, Westernisation or Useless Initiative?

By 2025, five out of six Turkic-speaking countries will be using Latin alphabet. It’s the year when Kazakhstan will switch from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet.
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Central Asia: 10 Year Challenge

What has changed in Central Asian states since 2009?

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Could China Be Softening Stance on Kazak, Kyrgyz Minorities?

Mass release of detainees stirs hopes that international criticism may be working. (more…)

Kazakhstanis in Search of Nirvana: How Buddhism Came to Kazakhstan

Buddhism has existed in Kazakhstan since the 17th century, which is evidenced by the ancient pagodas and temples discovered by scientists during excavations. Buddhist rock carvings on river Ili and in Tarbagatai, as well as the remnants of Buddhist pagodas: Kyzyl Kent palace in Karaganda oblast and fortress-monastery Ablainkit in East Kazakhstan oblast date back to that period. (more…)

“I’ll Never Agree on Vaccines.” More Parents in Kazakhstan Refuse Vaccination

Kazakhstan sees annual increase in the number of those opposing children’s vaccination. In 2010 health workers registered as little as 300 cases of refusals, in 2018 this number increased almost up to 15 thousand. The majority of refusals have been registered in the city of Almaty, Aktobe, Karaganda and West Kazakhstan oblasts.
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Getting Rid of Oil Dependence: Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan Rely on Freight Transportation

The trans-Caspian transport route is an opportunity for Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to reduce the oil dependence of their economies using freight transportation from China to Europe. These countries feel optimistic about it, however, there’s an opinion that this route cannot compete with other routes, even longer ones.
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Central Asian Hydropower System: Doomed to Joint Development

The potential of Central Asian states to provide electricity grows each year, but hydropower issues have to be solved together, taking into account the interests of all Central Asian countries, experts say.
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Countering Extremism in Kazakstan: No Clicks, No Likes, No Listen

Even theological disputes and dissemination of songs can be the grounds for initiation of criminal cases. In the absence of victims, almost all guilty verdicts are based on expert opinions.
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