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Russia and the Afghanistan conundrum

... security concerns for powers such as Russia in an area very close to its borders. The absence of Washington from Afghanistan means, among other things, the uncontrolled smuggling of narcotics and arms, which will inevitably result in greater instability in Central Asia.Source: TASS Recent developments involving border tensions between the Taliban regime and Tajikistan, a nation that has refused to recognize the Islamist movement unlike other neighboring countries, make it amply clear that Russia’s apprehensions ...

Fabbri Valerio
27.10.2021 15:21:16

Understanding the Debate about Cryptocurrencies in Central Asia

In February 2020, the World Bank Group released a report entitled “FinTech in Europe and Central Asia: Maximizing Benefits and Managing Risks” highlighting the opportunities associated with the development of FinTech in countries torn between a desire for more regulation and a growing need to catch up in this sector, currently dominated ...

Ламберт Майкл
30.09.2021 13:10:23

What Benefits Would India Derive by Joining the Extended Troika on Afghanistan?

... position inadvertently resulted in it ceding influence over this process to Pakistan. The unexpected outcome is that Islamabad is now equally important to Moscow and Washington, as proven by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s enthusiastic endorsement of Central Asia-South Asia connectivity at a topical conference in Tashkent in mid-July and the U.S. establishing a new quadrilateral framework between itself, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan that very same week. These developments might have been strategically ...

Korybko Andrew
09.08.2021 13:53:53

The Turkey-Russia Relationship: Why “Compartmentalization” and Not Conflict?

... common interests and have significant economic ties to one another, and the leaders of both states have a good personal relationship. Despite the many areas of cooperation, there are still many areas of competition that fuel conflict from North Africa to Central Asia. Many experts assert that the Russia-Turkey relationship is one of cooperation based on “compartmentalization” of differences that allows the two to pursue shared goals while clashing on many fronts.Source: rg.ru Turkey is a country primed ...

Boone Carter
05.08.2021 17:37:50

The IX Moscow Conference on International Security

... policies for the deteriorated situation in Afghanistan. A stable, peaceful and strong Afghanistan is a prerequisite for regional peace, stability, development and prosperity. Afghanistan is situated at the junctions of ancient trade routes connecting Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Eurasia, Russia, China, and through Gwadar-Pakistan to the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Afghan peace is crucial for the whole region. Zamir Ahmed Awan

Awan Zamir Ahmed
21.07.2021 15:11:01

Pakistan’s New Geo-Economic Grand Strategy is Multi-Alignment at Its Finest

... conceptualized as N-CPEC+), while China is pioneering the so-called “Persian Corridor” to Iran via Tajikistan and Afghanistan. The U.S., meanwhile, aims to use PAKAFUZ as a means for expanding its economic influence in the post-withdrawal Afghanistan and the Central Asian republics (CARs). The gist of Pakistan’s grand geo-economic vision is to encourage a friendly form of “competitive connectivity” between all relevant countries (Russia, China, Iran and the U.S.) through Afghanistan, which will serve ...

Korybko Andrew
20.07.2021 17:12:39

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
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 ...

高 意凱
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
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
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 ...

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
18.09.2013 10:33:00


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