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Russian and Chinese experts compare notes on Afghanistan

... moderated the discussion. The experts expressed their views on what is to be done in the current circumstances by the international community, Moscow and Beijing. They also suggested scenarios of the further development of the situation in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Russian and Chinese participants highlighted the importance of discussing the Afghanistan problems with other international partners and of using multilateral mechanisms, mainly the SCO – Afghanistan contact group, more systemically.


Power without Soft Power: China’s Outreach to Central Asia

... Russian military influence in the post-Soviet space. Russia’s presence has been limited since the end of the USSR and the end of the war in Afghanistan (1979-1989), and apart from the Russian language, Moscow is now a secondary economic partner in Central Asia, behind China, so the loss of Russian military influence could be misinterpreted. China and the Water Crisis in Central Asia While the international community focuses on the Uyghur Muslim and the Wakhan Corridor, the main threat to the Central Asian states will continue to be the ...


Russia’s “Ummah Pivot”: Opportunities & Narrative Engagement

... advantage of its closer location to Iran vis-a-vis China and realizing that it might take time for China to optimize its overland trade routes to the Islamic Republic via Central Asia and W-CPEC+. Andrey Kortunov: Afghanistan Will Test SCO's Capacity Central Asia: Retaining Strategic Influence Russia risks losing the most out of this portion of its “Ummah Pivot” given growing Chinese, Turkish, and perhaps soon even American influence through a variety of spheres as was previously explained. The most effective solution rests in more confidently ...


The Geostrategic Challenges of Russia’s “Ummah Pivot”

... Afghanistan and has no expansionist intentions). Russia’s close security cooperation with those countries could help balance the growing Chinese, Turkish and American influence and be leveraged to secure preferential trade deals and such. At all costs, Russia must stop Central Asia’s gradual slide out of its sphere of influence lest Moscow lose control of the dynamics and new threats begin to emerge. One overarching trend to pay attention to is the growing coordination between Turkey, Azerbaijan, China, Pakistan and ...


Russia and Central Asia: Between Pragmatism and Geopolitics

... respect here is very easy to confuse with composure, which could have tragic consequences. The factors that determine the nature of interaction between Russia and the Central Asian states include their shared geopolitical position. The border between Russia and Central Asia is a steppe that does not have natural obstacles. Its openness and its unsuitability for marking clear dividing lines is naturally transferred to the spheres of political, economic and cultural interaction across state borders. This leads ...


Moscow Is Still Central Asia’s Top Security Ally

... facility on their soil, they still rely on Russia for their border security because of the Afghan issue. In 2017, following a twelve-year silence, the first bilateral exercise between Russia and Uzbekistan took place at the Forish Range in Jizzakh. Russia’s Central Asian Trump Cards Andrey Kortunov: Eight Principles of the “Greater Eurasian Partnership” According to a study, between 2015 and 2020, Russian supplies amounted for 62% of the arms market in the whole region. This percentage has considerably ...


Migration Consequences of the “Perfect Storm”: What Effect Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Have on Migration Issues?

... migrants from small towns and rural areas; falling education and income levels, as well as greater cultural diversity (including languages and faiths), among newly arriving migrants; and a change in the structure of migration flows, with migrants from Central Asia dominating. On the other hand, the main incentives for migration to the Russian Federation have not changed: Russia has the best economic situation within the Eurasian migration system; it has an aging population and thus needs a labour force, including unskilled workers. Demand for unskilled labour is evidenced by a stable ...


Prospects for the Fight against Extremism and Terrorism in the Central Asian Region

... influence of pseudo-educational groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir (which does not formally pursue military action but is included in the lists of terrorist organisations maintained by the security services of key global states). Federica Prandin: The EU and Russia in Central Asia: Is There Any Room for Cooperation? A new trend has emerged in recent years with Jihadist groups forced out from Kyrgyzstan starting to exert an influence on Salafi jamaats in the country. Once in prison, members of these organisations are ...


Challenges to Eurasian Security in the Coming Decade

... settlement. An optimistic scenario, and Russia's objective, would be to maintain a balance and good relations with both parties and make sure that no significant conflicts break out in the coming decade. Central Asia: Region X Federica Prandin: The EU and Russia in Central Asia: Is There Any Room for Cooperation? Central Asia does not attract as much media attention as Ukraine or the Baltic states, which is a fundamental mistake. Russia's “soft underbelly” may well become a source of bad news in the coming decade....


RIAC — DGAP Roundtable on Cooperation in Eurasia

... discussed geopolitical competition, transport and infrastructure, trade and finance issues in the Eurasian region as well as security risks. Ivan Timofeev, RIAC Director of Programs, Milan Nic, Head of the Robert Bosch Centre for Central-Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia at DGAP as well as Cornelius Zimmermann, Senior Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, delivered welcoming remarks. Experts from Russia, the EU and China took part in the round table. The Russian side was represented by diplomats ...


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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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