Why has the Arab Spring skipped Central Asia (so far)? David Muckenhuber wants to know. Sarah Kendzior on the curse of stability in Central Asia: The autocrats of Central Asia like to tout the virtues of stability, but they're really making excuses for decay. Decision time for Central Asia: Russia or China? Russia and China may compete economically in Central Asia, but not militarily. Zaid Hydari on Afghanistan's forgotten refugees. Central Asia braces for militants' return from Afghanistan. Erik Heinrich on how Afghanistan is on the leading edge of a tech revolution. Stranded on the roof of the world: Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads survive in one of the most remote, high-altitude, bewitching landscapes on Earth — it’s a heavenly life and a living hell. An excerpt from Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book by Joyce Morgan and Conrad Walters.