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Geopolitics

Is The Middle Corridor The Best Alternative for EU-Asia Trade?

Jun 13, 2024 at 08:02 | James Durso

The Middle Corridor AKA the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, is a multimodal transport corridor connecting China to Europe. At over 4,700 km (and 2,000km shorter than Russia’s Northern Corridor…

Microsoft: Russian and Chinese State Hackers Pose Growing Threat

Jun 13, 2024 at 06:57 | RFE/RL staff

U.S. tech giant Microsoft said Russian cyberattacks are becoming even “more aggressive” and warned that Moscow could deepen collaboration with U.S. adversaries in cyberspace, making it much harder…

Uzbekistan's Bid for WTO Membership Hinges on Major Trade Reforms

Jun 12, 2024 at 07:42 | Eurasianet

The Uzbek government appears willing to loosen its control over the flow of information within Central Asia’s most populous nation as part of a comprehensive reform initiative to…

U.S. to Benefit From Improving India-UAE Relations

Jun 11, 2024 at 10:29 | Simon Watkins

The 13 August 2020 U.S.-brokered relationship normalisation deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) underlined how important the Emirate was to Washington at that point, both as a…

What’s Next for the EU?

Jun 11, 2024 at 07:13 | RFE/RL staff

Despite all the headlines about the surge of the populist right, the main takeaway from the European Parliament elections is that the three biggest political groups in the…

China Expands Influence in Central Asia with Disaster Relief Initiative

Jun 11, 2024 at 07:04 | Eurasianet

China and the five states of Central Asia are creating a mechanism to improve responses to natural disasters.  The heads of emergency-response agencies for all six…

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Project Revived After Years of Delays

Jun 10, 2024 at 06:22 | Eurasianet

After spending some time on a sidetrack, the long-planned China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway may be ready to get back on the main line. The heads of state of the three…

Iran Doubles Down on Nuclear Ambitions Following IAEA Censure

Jun 07, 2024 at 00:59 | RFE/RL staff

Iran has criticized a resolution by the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) calling on Tehran to step up its cooperation…

Black Sea Port Becomes Geopolitical Battleground Between China and the EU

Jun 06, 2024 at 06:25 | RFE/RL staff

Georgia announced that a Chinese consortium submitted the sole bid to build a sprawling deep-sea port in Anaklia, marking the first megaproject on the Black…

Armenia Courts Western Allies as Relations with Russia Deteriorate

Jun 06, 2024 at 06:22 | Eurasianet

Armenian-Russian relations are experiencing another spike in tension. The Armenian government briefly pulled the plug on a major Russian propaganda platform, and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has accused…

Chinese Firms to Build Controversial Black Sea Megaproject in Georgia

Jun 04, 2024 at 07:40 | RFE/RL staff

As global attention focused on the Georgian parliament’s attempts to pass a controversial “foreign agent” law, the government made another move that could strain ties…

Biden Administration Approves Limited Ukrainian Strikes in Russia

Jun 03, 2024 at 06:34 | RFE/RL staff

The shift is limited in scope, allowing Ukrainian forces to use short-range missiles from HIMARS launchers, or artillery, to hit command-and-control posts, arms depots, and other military targets…

The Ukraine War Has Transformed Global Grain Trade

May 31, 2024 at 08:02 | ZeroHedge

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the temporary blockage of its Black Sea ports have redirected the flow of grain from "the world's breadbasket". One of the world’s…

Uzbekistan Is Racing to Diversify Its Economy

May 30, 2024 at 07:55 | Eurasianet

Uzbekistan’s government appears intent on spending its way out of economic trouble. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s administration is making big bets on infrastructure projects in emerging economic sectors. And…

Ukraine’s Drones Are Hammering Russian Oil Refineries

May 29, 2024 at 09:05 | RFE/RL staff

On May 19, a Ukrainian drone slammed into the 70,000-barrel-a-day Slavyansk oil refinery in southern Russia’s Krasnodar region, sending a fireball into the sky, according…

Georgia’s EU Aspirations Jeopardized by Controversial New Law

May 28, 2024 at 06:17 | RFE/RL staff

EU foreign ministers will discuss the situation in Georgia when they assemble in Brussels on May 27. Brussels is still hoping that the country's controversial "foreign agent" law,…

Ukraine and Spain Sign €1 Billion Security Deal

May 28, 2024 at 06:11 | RFE/RL staff

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez have signed a bilateral security agreement that provides for Madrid to provide Ukraine with 1 billion euros ($1.08…

Will Raisi's Death Lead to Softer Iranian Policy Towards the West?

May 27, 2024 at 08:12 | Simon Watkins

The death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash on Sunday 19 May has reignited optimism among some that Iran’s stance towards the West may soften again into…

Georgia's Car Re-Export Trade Faces Uncertain Future

May 27, 2024 at 07:37 | Eurasianet

It’s a Monday afternoon at Georgia’s Rustavi auto market, and business is slow.  Dealers wind their way among rows of imported European BMWs and Japanese Subarus,…

Kazakhstan Joins EU program to Help Promote a Green Transition

May 23, 2024 at 09:44 | Eurasianet

Kazakhstan is considering new procurement standards to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of state spending while aiming to minimize the environmental harm of public works and services. Government contracts for…

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