Breeding young men for export has never been a successful economic development strategy. Policies that improve local labour market opportunities could increase the status of women.
China's One Belt, One Road initiative is holding international summit in Beijing, but no Western leaders have said they are coming yet.
Tajikistan, a longstanding human rights violator, has been cracking down harshly on what's left of its political opposition.
Islamic State has been spreading its influence beyond the Middle East – and Central Asia could be in the firing line.
A renewed security focus on Afghanistan is part of Vladimir Putin's plan to re-energise Russia's vision of a 'Greater Eurasia'.