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Geopolitics / Asia

Azerbaijan's Balancing Act In Israel-Turkey Rift

Nov 10, 2023 at 16:41 | Eurasianet

The deadly Israeli offensive that followed Hamas' surprise attack from Gaza on October 7 has shaken the Muslim world.  No Muslim-majority country, including relatively secular Azerbaijan, can simply ignore it. …

Kyrgyzstan And Tajikistan Closer To Border Deal After 20 Years Of Negotiations

Oct 13, 2023 at 13:17 | Eurasianet

The presidents of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan met on October 13 for talks on the demarcation and delimitation of their shared border amid indications that some differences have been resolved. The…

Will Iran Become Part Of This Important Trade Corridor?

Oct 09, 2023 at 11:56 | James Durso

Azerbaijan’s late September military operation to retake the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, the self-styled “Republic of Artsakh,” caused most of the residents to flee…

When Will Washington Make Central Asia A Priority?

Sep 08, 2023 at 08:33 | James Durso

The American filmmaker Woody Allen said, ““Eighty percent of success is showing up.” If he is correct, America is not succeeding in Central Asia. But the rulers of Russia,…

Is China's High Investment-Led Growth Model Sustainable?

Aug 24, 2023 at 10:18 | City A.M

Exports have slumped, growth has stalled, and the economy even slipped into deflation. The youth unemployment figures have become so bad that the government has stopped publishing them. …

Iran-Pakistan Pipeline Suspension Could Backfire For The U.S.

Aug 18, 2023 at 09:30 | James Durso

America’s economic siege of Iran has been costly for Tehran’s neighbors, and now it is Pakistan’s turn to pick up the tab. On 7 August, Pakistan announced it was 

Welcome To Arkadag: Turkmenistan's Controversial Smart City

Jul 07, 2023 at 06:40 | Eurasianet

The opening of Turkmenistan’s newest city, Arkadag, was performed with the requisite fanfare on June 29. As state media has tirelessly reminded the public, this roughly $5…

Russian Firms Push Surveillance Tech In Central Asia

Jul 04, 2023 at 10:18 | Eurasianet

Russian technology companies are producing a vast array of new tools to help the Kremlin harness the internet and tighten control over internal dissent, according to an

Yellen’s Beijing Visit: A Chance to Calm U.S.-China Tensions?

Jul 03, 2023 at 10:49 | ZeroHedge

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will be the next top Biden admin official to try and calm spiraling relations with China, as the Treasury Department confirmed Sunday she'll…

Foreign Intel: Iran Close To Testing First Nuke

Jun 27, 2023 at 13:28 | Alex Kimani

Two weeks ago, oil prices tanked after reports emerged that the U.S. and Iran are making progress after resuming talks on a nuclear deal, a move…

Iran And Uzbekistan Look To Boost Central Asian Cooperation

Jun 26, 2023 at 09:18 | James Durso

The Central Asian republics are self-organizing in the wake of the NATO evacuation from Afghanistan in August 2021. The republics are wedged between Russia, China, Iran, and Afghanistan, and are…

Tajikistan And Turkmenistan Spearhead Transcontinental Transport Corridor

Jun 16, 2023 at 07:12 | The Jamestown Foundation

Via the Jamestown FoundationTurkmenistan and Tajikistan plan to collaborate on creating a new transport corridor that will allow both countries to access Europe via the…

Why Russia Wants To Revive The TAPI Pipeline

Jun 08, 2023 at 08:14 | The Jamestown Foundation

Via the Jamestown Foundation Turkmenistan and Pakistan continue their talks on the revival of the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India (TAPI) pipeline, and a bilateral…

Who Will Compete With China In Central Asia?

Jun 02, 2023 at 10:34 | James Durso

Instead of being “Being Fustest with the Mostest” in Central Asia, an area of intense interest to China and Russia, the U.S. and Europe may be “too little,…

Can China Secure Its Long Term Goals In Afghanistan?

May 23, 2023 at 09:27 | The Jamestown Foundation

At a trilateral meeting in Islamabad on May 9, the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into…

Will The U.S. And Turkmenistan Finally Grow Closer?

May 10, 2023 at 10:59 | James Durso

In April 2023, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Rasit Meredow, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkmenistan for a working meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting…

Moscow’s Influence In Central Asia Continues To Decline

Apr 13, 2023 at 09:58 | The Jamestown Foundation

In the three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation and China have pursued divergent interests in post-Soviet Central Asia, as Moscow seeks to…

Xi’s Geopolitical Playbook, Explained

Apr 07, 2023 at 11:02 | RFE/RL staff

After three years of "zero-COVID" isolation, China is stepping out onto the global stage to a far more unfriendly West and using its growing economic and military power…

A Bridge Between East And West: This New Rail Connection Is Crucial For Eurasia

Mar 17, 2023 at 09:52 | The Jamestown Foundation

For many years, the successive leaders of Kyrgyzstan could not capitalize on their country’s strategic location along the shortest route connecting China to Central Asia and further onward to the…

Energy Tops The Agenda As Turkmenistan’s Leader Heads To Beijing

Jan 06, 2023 at 09:44 | RFE/RL staff

Hoping to boost his country’s economic prospects and deepen its energy links with China, Turkmen President Serdar Berdymukhammedov arrived in Beijing on January 5 for a two-day state…

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