Each week, hosts Bruce Pannier and Muhammad Tahir welcome a panel of expert guests to discuss significant political developments and pressing social issues affecting the nations of Central Asia.
Majlis Podcast: The Controversy Over Kyrgyzstan’s Draft Constitution - November 22, 2020
Kyrgyzstan’s new leadership has hastily written a new draft constitution and set January 10, 2021, the day already named for the presidential election, to also be the day people vote on a referendum on this new constitution.
Majlis Podcast: New Revelations In Kyrgyz Corruption Scheme - November 15, 2020
On this week's Majlis podcast, RFE/RL's media-relations manager, Muhammad Tahir, moderates a discussion that looks at this latest revelations concerning the alleged corruption network involving the former deputy head of Kyrgyzstan’s Customs Service, Raimbek Matraimov, and Chinese-born businessman Khabibula Abdukadyr, and the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars from Kyrgyzstan.
Majlis Podcast: Kazkhstan's Opposition And The Upcoming Elections - November 08, 2020
President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev has promised to ease past restrictions and implement reforms, some of which he says will help provide the basis for opposition groups to take a greater part in Kazakhstan's political process. So far, there seems to be little progress.
Majlis Podcast: Power Grab In Kyrgyzstan - October 25, 2020
This week, RFE/RL's media-relations manager for South and Central Asia, Muhammad Tahir, moderates a discussion on what's been happening in Kyrgyzstan since Sadyr Japarov was freed from prison during the unrest sparked by the highly questionable results of the October 4 parliamentary elections.
Podcast: What Just Happened In Kyrgyzstan And Where Is It All Headed? - October 18, 2020
Twists and turns continued at lightning speed in Kyrgyzstan after protests against the results of the October 4 parliamentary elections brought down the government. On this week's Majlis podcast, a deeper look at the fast-changing developments in Kyrgyzstan in recent days.
A Turbulent Week In Kyrgyzstan: What Happened And What Might Be The Way Out Of This? - October 10, 2020
On this week's Majlis podcast, Muhammad Tahir moderates a discussion looking at the political turmoil in Bishkek, who is behind it, what their motives are, and what might get Kyrgyzstan out of this situation.