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Articles by Christopher Schwartz

Schwartz is NewEurasia's Editor in Chief. In 2004, he co-founded our predecessor site, Thinking East (http://www.thinking-east.net), with Ben Paarmann and Oliver Dams. He was also the editor of the book, "CyberChaikhana: Digital Conversations from Central Asia", and has published academically on Central Asia's mediascape. Check out his personal blog @ http://schwartztronica.wordpress.com.

Nursultan Nazarbayev Atakazakh?
Monday, 16 Jan, 2012 – 17:24 | 2 Comments
Nursultan Nazarbayev Atakazakh?

Preliminary results from Kazakhstan’s parliamentary election give Nur Otan party 80.7% of the vote and ~7% each, clearing the threshold to enter parliament. In light of these results, neweurasia’s Schwartz wonders whether what we’re really looking at is a reincarnation of old strategies from Turkey’s Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Keeping an eye on Mangystau Province
Sunday, 18 Dec, 2011 – 17:20 | One Comment
Keeping an eye on Mangystau Province

neweurasia’s Schwartz gives an overview on the situation currently developing in Kazakhstan’s Mangystau Province [updated again on 20/12/2011]. We also invite our Kazakh language readers to visit our official Kazakh blog run by Asqat Yerkimbay @ http://neweurasia.net/kazakhstan

And the Best Blogger Award for 2011 goes to…
Monday, 12 Dec, 2011 – 3:00 | 2 Comments
And the Best Blogger Award for 2011 goes to…

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Best Blogger Award: Gulasal Kamolova (gulasal.wordpress.com) and Tashpulat Rahmatulaev (rtoshpulat.blogspot.com). Both are bloggers working in Uzbekistan.

Taking a peek at the panopticon
Friday, 9 Dec, 2011 – 19:47 | 3 Comments
Taking a peek at the panopticon

WikiLeaks has released a cache of documents from 160 international intelligence contractors who are engaged in developing software and tools to monitor, disrupt and even hijack communications devices. There’s so far no word yet about what made it’s way into Central Asia, but we’ve got a small picture about the region’s big neighbor to the north…

Peace Corps getting booted out of Kazakhstan?
Tuesday, 22 Nov, 2011 – 2:26 | No Comment

Our friends over at the Registan are running a guest post from an American Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) regarding the sudden departure of the Peace Corps from Kazakhstan. I must say, this is really news …

Scholarship programs for the 2012-2013 academic year US-Central Asia Education Foundation
Thursday, 3 Nov, 2011 – 17:11 | No Comment

ACCELS is pleased to announce 2012-13 academic scholarship program of the US-Central Asia Education Foundation (CAEF). The CAEF provides financial need-based scholarships to academically qualified students of Central Asia for undergraduate level studies in business …

neweurasia and Global Voices Online are teaming up!
Sunday, 30 Oct, 2011 – 18:38 | No Comment
neweurasia and Global Voices Online are teaming up!

In Kyrgyzstan, this weekend has hopefully initiated the start of a positive new era for the country (although, of course,time will tell). It’s also signalling another new beginning: neweurasia and Global Voices Online (GVO) are …

What are these Americans doing in my village?
Thursday, 6 Oct, 2011 – 9:29 | No Comment

About two weeks ago neweurasia‘s Annasoltan wrote her first-ever post for our old friends and partners, Global Voices Online (GVO): “Turkmenistan: Global Village or Village Behind the Globe?” I’m writing about it now to make …

Bishkek, the Berlin of Central Asia? Part 2 – The Loft
Monday, 26 Sep, 2011 – 16:17 | One Comment
Bishkek, the Berlin of Central Asia? Part 2 – The Loft

Is Bishkek the Berlin of Central Asia? neweurasia’s Schwartz would like to think so, and he’s taken some photographs of the interesting start-ups that are slowly popping up around the city to try and prove it. The second part of a series.

Bishkek in ruins: humanization / naturalization
Wednesday, 21 Sep, 2011 – 15:45 | 12 Comments
Bishkek in ruins: humanization / naturalization

Bishkek is known for two things: blight and tragedy. But is there another way of viewing the city? neweurasia’s Schwartz explores the interaction between aging Soviet architecture, Kyrgyz urbanization and invading nature in a new photo-essay.