The ongoing crackdown in Gorno-Badakhshan against the Pamiri Ismailis is the longest-running intra-state conflict and crackdown in Central Asia since the Tajik Civil War ended in 1997. One turbulent year has passed since the killing of Gulbuddin Ziyabekov on 25 November 2021. These events unfold against the background of multiple reports of human rights violations and expectations of a Presidential handover from father to son. Tajikistan is entangled in border disputes with Kyrgyzstan, accompanied by flare-ups of violence. The panel will discuss the causes behind the crackdown and potential trajectories of Tajikistan’s political development by examining the domestic, regional, and geopolitical contexts.
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