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Geopolitics / Asia

Somali Pirates Have Escalated The Global Shipping Crisis

Mar 23, 2024 at 10:00 | Alex Kimani

Since November, hundreds of cargo ships have been forced to take a 4,000-mile detour around the continent of Africa as they look to avoid attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels on…

How Afghanistan Could Benefit From Better Relations with Its Neighbors

Mar 13, 2024 at 11:42 | James Durso

After 20 years of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, Central Asia is increasingly connected to the Islamic Emirate and is building the foundation for sustained economic growth. But first, NATO…

Uzbekistan and China Quietly Cement Regional Alliance

Feb 06, 2024 at 08:11 | James Durso

While the U.S., Russia and Europe are trying to quell (or aggravate) crises simultaneously in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Israel/Gaza, the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea/Yemen, Uzbekistan and China have…

Kazakhstan Looks to Close Water-Management Deal with China

Jan 15, 2024 at 08:02 | Eurasianet

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Water Resources is engaging in negotiations with China over water usage of the region’s increasingly stressed rivers. Astana has established a 20-member working group to haggle with…

China Sanctions 5 U.S. Defense Firms Ahead of Taiwan Election

Jan 09, 2024 at 05:26 | ZeroHedge

In a major move by Beijing which appears timed to send a strong message just ahead of Taiwan's presidential and parliamentary elections on January 13, China has unveiled sanctions against five American…

Azerbaijan and Armenia Discuss border amid Stagnant Peace Talks

Dec 07, 2023 at 09:11 | Eurasianet

Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to discuss the delimitation of their mutual borders as part of wider talks on a peace treaty that show little sign of progress.  On…

Trillion Dollar Bailout: What Xi Really Wants From Biden

Nov 21, 2023 at 08:52 | Gregory R. Copley

Communist Party of China (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping is now starkly aware that he is facing the end of his rule, and has turned to US Pres. Joe Biden…

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…

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