For this episode, I talked with Hélène Thibault, post-doctoral researcher at the Center for International Studies at the University of Montreal, about the crackdown on the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), which the government banned in late August. In my opinion, the ban on the IRPT marks the complete consolidation of a one-party state in Tajikistan.
Hélène gave a thorough background on the evolution of the IRPT as well as her firsthand knowledge of the party in its current state, and we talked a little about what this means for what comes next in Tajikistan.
Hélène Thibault, The Islamic Renaissance Party's Downfall and Its Consequences for Tajikistan's Stability, Registan.net
--, "The Soviet Secularization Project in Central Asia: Accommodation and Institutional Legacies," Eurostudia, V.10, n1, 2015, p. 11-31