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 Shovvozsoy Mansion Exposé - February 28, 2021
This week, Muhammad Tahir moderates a discussion on a new luxurious resort built outside Tashkent allegedly for the use of the president, who it belongs to, and what is now being said about it inside Uzbekistan.
Despite Promises, Are Rights Abuses In Kazakhstan Getting Worse? - February 21, 2021
On this week's Majlis podcast, a discussion on the human rights situation in Kazakhstan. Despite promises made by President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev, some say the situation is getting worse, not better.
Dynastic Succession, Renewed Hopes For Pipelines: What's Going On In Turkmenistan? - February 14, 2021
On this week's Majlis Podcast, RFE/RL media-relations manager Muhammad Tahir moderates a discussion on what has been happening in Turkmenistan recently and if any of these events signal a change in the country's future.
What Do Kyrgyz President's Early Steps Say About Future Plans? - February 07, 2021
Sadyr Japarov completed his amazing rise from a prison cell in early October to being elected Kyrgyzstan's president in January. What has changed since then?
Lawyers In Central Asia: Defending Clients And Themselves - January 31, 2021
On this week's Majlis podcast, we discuss the plight of lawyers in Central Asia, where being an independent attorney willing to defend people in court is often a hazardous occupation.
Biden And Central Asia: Three Former Ambassadors Weigh In - January 24, 2021
How might the new Biden administration change policy toward Central Asia? What might the Central Asian states be looking for from the Biden administration? And what aspects of U.S.-Central Asian relations are likely to remain the same?