2018 saw positive steps towards resolving some of the world’s most difficult border conflicts, between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and Ethiopia and Eritrea. What lessons can be drawn from these examples?
A new state-sponsored movie in Russia commemorates the sacrifice of “Panfilov's 28” in the WWII battle for Moscow. Their story is as iconic for Russians as the flag-raising over Iwo Jima is for Americans. The only problem is, it's not quite true.
Lesbian, gay and transgender people are feeling the impact of a proposed law that prevents discussion of LGBT issues. The place is Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic that is closely allied with Russia. Kyrgyz gays say the legislation coincides with a wave of homophobia and hate crimes.
Central Asia has long been the focus of tense geopolitical battles between world powers. The latest one started more than a decade ago, when the United States turned the region into a primary staging ground for its war in Afghanistan. A three-way struggle has since emerged between the U.S., China and Russia.
The government of Kyrgyzstan may be about to shut down a key U.S. air base there. The base serves a vital role in US military operations in nearby Afghanistan. Anchor Marco Werman gets the story from the BBC's Rayhan Demytrie.
For our GEO QUIZ today we're looking for the STANS; seven countries that end with the suffix ?stan.? Anchor Jeb Sharp tells us about an EIGHTH ?stan? that can't be found on a map. It's an idealized world created by Lebanese businessman Michel Eleftriades.
Anti-government protesters stormed parliament offices today in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan. The country hosts a key US military base. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from the BBC's Rhyhan Demytrie in Bishkek.
The president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, says he is prepared to resign if security for him and his family can be guaranteed and the self-declared interim government halts bloodshed in the Central Asian country. The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie reports.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with BBC correspondent Rayhan Dymetrie in Uzbekistan, where ethnic clashes have left more than 100 people dead. Members of the Uzbek minority say they've been targeted in the violence.
Anchor Marco Werman gets the latest on the violence in Kyrgyzstan from the BBC's Rayhan Demytrie. The last few days have been filled with ethnic clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks that have left more than 180 people dead.
Fighting between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek people in southern Kyrgyzstan has left more than 180 people dead. Marco Werman talks with Peter Zeihan of the global intelligence company Stratfor about the historical background of the two former Soviet republics.
Ethnic fighting in southern Kyrgyzstan took at least at 190 lives this week. Guardian correspondent Luke Harding is in Osh. He tells host Marco Werman that he sees increasing evidence that the violence was the result of a campaign of ethnic cleansing.