Fikret Elma and Sarvar Gurbanov (Qafqaz): Central Asia in the Globalization Process. Jorn Gravingholt (GDI): The Political Economy of Governance Reforms in Central Asia. Pavel K Baev (PRIO): How Afghanistan Was Broken: The Disaster of the Soviet Intervention. From Asia Times, Fabrizio Vielmini on how US risks chaos on “new Silk Road”. The first chapter from Warriors of the Cloisters: The Central Asian Origins of Science in the Medieval World by Christopher I. Beckwith. Eric McGlinchey on how the era of apparent political stability in Central Asia is coming to a close. Ilan Greenberg on the opacity of Central Asia. From Eurasianet, Joanna Lillis on Kazakhstan, where bling knows no bounds; and is Kazakhstan's Zhanaozen to be wiped off the map? Farangis Najibullah investigates. Joshua Kucera on Central Asia's zone of misfortune. Kyrgyzstan’s disappearing kindergartens: Preschool attendance is the basis for a successful education, but it’s a luxury many in this Central Asian country can no longer afford. Morgan Lerette on how Afghanistan will survive without us. Corruptistan: Meet the oil barons, fashion divas, and ruling families of Central Asia. Does a personality cult grow in Astana? Kazakhstan faces a three-fold problem when it comes to human trafficking.