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The Republic of Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked country. It is completely surrounded by other landlocked countries, namely Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. 80% of land consists of plains, deserts and lowland areas, primarily found in the west. Mountains and foothills comprise the rest of the country in the south and south-east. The total land area is 447,400km2. Since 2019, there are over 33.5 million people, representing around 45% of the total population in Central Asia. The majority of these people are Uzbek (over 80%), and there are also significant numbers of Russians, Tajiks, Kazaks, Karakalpaks (an autonomous republic within the country) and Tatars. Uzbekistan is formally a secular state.
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Taliban drive Uzbeks and Turkmen from their lands

14 December 2021

Over 1,000 people deported to Djausdjan province. The move favours their Pashtun supporters in northern Afghanistan. Tribal council convened to resolve the case. Tajikistan and Uzbekistan ask the Taliban government to address the ethnic issue. Moscow (AsiaNews) - In recent days the Taliban have…

Villagers in shadow of Kyrgyzstan dam incensed by Uzbekistan deal

12 July 2021

The land transfer has fueled anger and rumors about Kyrgyzstan’s new populist leadership. Main photo: The Kempir-Abad dam was built by Soviet engineers in the 1980s. (photos by Danil Usmanov) Zholdosh Omorov says the news that a huge reservoir near his house could be entirely handed over to…

Territorial disputes in Central Asia on the threshold of the 30th anniversary of independence

14 June 2021

BISHKEK (TCA) — Territorial disputes in Central Asia do not allow countries of the region to take a step towards greater cooperation and increase regional integration. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by independent researcher Ermek Baisalov and originally published…



Water scarcity threatens production needs, and the country is witness to one of the world’s most severe ecological disasters, namely the drying of the Aral Sea

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Land-grabs – the new red flag for Uzbek cotton sector

19 February 2021

Originally published at: Written by Lynn Schweisfurth   Apparel brands are said to be eyeing Uzbekistan as a potential source of cotton, particularly with Xinjiang cotton now the subject of US sanctions. A process of reform…