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Great Central Asia, America’s counter measure to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

... order to establish an independent Baluchistan. As soon as Baluchistan is liberated and independent, Sino-Pak Economic Corridor and the Russian Eurasia Economic Union would be dismantled. In addition, America should intensify the efforts to set up Great Central Asian throughout Afghanistan and Baluchistan, in fact, this is already happening. Within the past eight months the Foreign Ministers of both Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have traveled to Kabul, and Aghan President Ashraf Ghani has visited all northern ...

Sohail Ajmal
Опубликовано:
21.09.2017 12:20:03

European Union Interference in Central Asia: What Does It Mean for Russia and China?

The European Union (EU) has been active is Central Asia since the breakup of the Soviet Union twenty-five years ago. Despite its geographical remoteness, the EU has shown growing interest in the region and has launched several bilateral and multilateral initiatives designed to bring Central Asia ...

Gatev Ivaylo
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02.07.2017 16:47:52

How Tajikistan's anti-radicalization policies aggravate the risk of radicalization

... on politically-motivated charges. Now, he has been released and made the face of Uzbekistan's anti-ISIS campaign, a move that has been met with success, according to Noah Tucker in his report on public and state responses to ISIS messaging in Central Asia. Uzbekistan’s shift in strategy to measured promotion of Islamic expression and practice has been effective in countering extremist arguments, which can be seen in online social media, says Tucker. He notes instances of Uzbeks posting ...

li Joana
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21.07.2016 16:03:00

State Department speech reflects growing security risks in Central Asia

A recent address by senior State Department official Daniel Rosenblum signaled a shift in the direction of American policy in Central Asia, reflecting some critical economic, political and security developments in the area. The June 9th speech comes after an unprecedented five-country tour of Central Asia-- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan-- by ...

li Joana
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18.07.2016 11:59:00

Bobo Lo, Frontiers New and Old: Russia’s Policy in Central Asia

For much of the post-Soviet period, Central Asia has been a backwater of Russian foreign policy. But things are changing. Circumstances in and beyond the region are driving a more committed approach in Moscow. Central Asia is critical to Putin’s aim of establishing Russia as the leading ...

IFRI Блог
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14.01.2015 17:16:00

The Good Heart but Bad Looks of Russian IDA in Central Asia

Let us consider Central Asia. There are currently three primary concerns in the region as of 2014: drug trafficking, Islamist terrorism, and poverty. The three problems are, of course, inextricable -- the first funds the second, and the third inspires the former two....

Riley-Gould Harry
Опубликовано:
27.08.2014 12:32:00

The Unintended Consequence of Maidan

... democratic’ or ‘truly democratic,’ thereby setting the stage for the outside world to decide which side is telling the truth more accurately. It is not always an easy choice. Whether it has been in Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, Central Asia or the Caucasus, what the world has usually seen is a corrupt and/or dysfunctional regime replaced ultimately by opposition figures or parties that come to be almost as corrupt and dysfunctional, if not more so. The momentous events that ...

Crosston Matthew
Опубликовано:
10.05.2014 21:12:00

When is an IO not an IO? The Strange Case of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

... into question whether it should be classified as an IO at all. Renaming it a politically-motivated axis of convenience is less grand but perhaps a more accurate description of its nature and functions. China China's main position within Central Asia is economic, though certain security issues also exist. China is extremely interested in currying favor with Central Asia to help feed its voracious energy appetite. On the other hand issues of ethnic unrest in Xinjiang, China's western ...

Crosston Matthew
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03.05.2014 02:44:00

Relax and say “yes” to decline of US interest in Central Asia

This week we saw several articles demonstrating serious concern about inevitable cuts in fundings of Central Asian studies in U.S. Let us try to consider it as a positive thing. How this cuts could affect scientists and, what is most important, Central Asian countries? The first and most obvious result of research funding cuts is change in the composition ...

Merkulova Maria
Опубликовано:
27.12.2013 09:29:00

Euro League: EU vs Russia

... model for Moldavian, Georgian and even Armenian aspirations to join the EU. Umland believes that Armenia may not be entirely lost to the Russian Customs Union, even after it rejected moves from the EU (See: Euractiv, 2013). It could even be a model for Central Asia. I have to come in at this stage and say this is getting somewhat absurd as we know that this area has always been a burden on the USSR, so why the EU or EU taxpayers will want such enlargement is very questionable. No gas prowess of the ...

Ossipov Igor
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25.10.2013 20:32:00

A Hazardous Game – The Strait of Malacca

... prolonged strategy of “multiplying its foreign linkages and reducing dependence upon any one partner”; whilst also varying supply routes via land and sea (Blank, 1991: 649-51; 2010). I have explored some of these partners in my older post (e.g. Central Asia or Russia; see: China Post), but extent of success via diversification depends on a heap of reasons. A lot will be down to future growth in demand, amount of oil needed to make $1000 of GDP (currently falling, which is positive), stability ...

Ossipov Igor
Опубликовано:
08.10.2013 14:58:00

Security is everyone’s concern?

... woman’s voice - “Safety is everyone’s concern” - referring to possibly dangerous lost bags. Although it sounds a little utopian, this phrase really describes one of U.S. key mottoes, which is also used in foreign affairs. In case of Central Asia the concern on it’s safety and security was leading among discussed regional issues, competing only with water problem. This autumn, as the new academic year starts, scholars in U.S. capital are discussing security in Central Asia, ...

Merkulova Maria
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18.09.2013 10:33:00

Russia amid changing perspective of Afghanistan

... formation and development of Afghanistan and stability of Afghan people would materially mean a lot in terms of strengthening sustainable stability in Afghanistan as well as in the region.Eurasian interests The strategic niche of the Russia and the Central Asian States is interdependent; therefore, their multilateral and collective engagement for the interests cannot be avoided. There are at least four key cornerstones of Eurasian concerns about the post international pullout scenario, which include ...

Shah Zulfiqar
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01.08.2013 14:47:00

Succession as an option?

Out of five Central Asian countries two still have the same leaders for more than 20 years, one faced its president’s death and transition from one “cult of personality” to another. As remaining eternal leaders age, more and more rumors about their ...

Merkulova Maria
Опубликовано:
19.07.2013 08:53:00

Wary Bear and Shrewd Dragon

... the second post in this special series and once again I am joined by the Head of Oil and Gas at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Tatiana Mitrova. We discuss: sinicisation, geopolitical mistrust, energy deals, the Central Asian Ace & more! Please, feel free to comment & enjoy! Personal Note: This is the second post in a two-part special with one of the leading Russian experts on energy matters, Dr. Tatiana Mitrova. To view the first part of this series ...

Ossipov Igor
Опубликовано:
01.07.2013 13:01:00

European Energy Woes

Euro-Russian relations have strained over the recent years in energy matters as certain vested interests shifted perceptions into the realm of what I would express as logical fallacies – technically making sense to a degree, but only when numerous caveats are applied. In this post issues like energy weaponry (enormous logical fallacy in my opinion), market reforms, looming contract litigation, energy security, shale revolution and domestic challenges will be discussed. In this post I am joined...

Ossipov Igor
Опубликовано:
14.06.2013 00:32:00

Wild World – Dr. Adrian Pabst Interview

... torn between its long-standing Western ties and its Neo-Ottoman future. The tension between pragmatic ties with the West and the Kremlin’s determination to preserve Russian’s “sphere of privileged interests” in the Caucasus and Central Asia are palpable. In the South and East of its vast country, Moscow acts more like a neo-imperial power. Like Beijing and (to a much lesser extent) Ankara, it operates a tributary system with smaller neighbours, providing “security” ...

Ossipov Igor
Опубликовано:
01.05.2013 17:46:00

Route-2030

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand or more perilous to conduct… than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things." – Niccolò Machiavelli Machiavelli's quote stresses three things. Firstly, it underlines that any new route will likely be perilous. Secondly, it highlights that someone must take the responsibility to direct the nation's path. Lastly, it grants me the chance to include Machiavelli into my blog; for those...

Ossipov Igor
Опубликовано:
12.04.2013 00:27:00

Water in Central Asia: Rogun and Kambarata-1

There are three legislative mechanisms of water resources regulation in Central Asia. First, there is an international law - documents made by Interstate Commission for Water Coordination of Central Asia[1], declarations made by all Central Asian states and bilateral agreements on use of particular rivers[2]. Second, there ...

Merkulova Maria
Опубликовано:
11.04.2013 06:13:00

 

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