Central Asia

Central Asia

Central Asia: Core and Periphery Central Asia is, by its most common definition, those five “stans” that were formerly Soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,…



Osh & The Fergana Valley

Osh & The Fergana Valley: Diversity and Division Boasting breathtaking mountaintop views and an expansive outdoor bazaar, Osh is one of Central Asia’s major commercial…


Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan: A Rich, Desert Land Turkmenistan consists mostly of sparsely-inhabited desert, but has still found itself contested between civilizations throughout history. Over the past century,…




Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: A Small Country with a Big Stick Kyrgyzstan, a landlocked and poor, mountainous country in Central Asia, keeps an unassuming profile. It lacks the…