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…



National Library of Kyrgyzstan

The current building housing the National Library of Kyrgyzstan was built in 1984. It’s located at 208 Sovetskya, near the National Art Museum. It currently…




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…