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Jul 14, 2011 at 08:13 | John Daly

The past two decades since the 1991 collapse of Communism have seen the Russian Federation and the U.S. involved in an updated version of the 19th century’s “Great Game’ for…

Short-Sighted U.S. Policy Towards Pakistan Imperils All of South Asia

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Jul 13, 2011 at 07:55 | John Daly

The U.S. State Department and the Department of Defense both contain some of Washington’s “best and brightest.” As massive bureaucracies, they also both contain a number of dimwitted people, who…

Central Asian Governments Preparing for their Own "Arab Spring"

Central Asian Governments Preparing for their Own "Arab Spring"

Apr 29, 2011 at 08:02 | RFE/RL staff

Like the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia also suffers from poverty, corruption, heavy-handed governments, widespread unemployment, and scant opportunities for the young. All too aware of the similarities,…

Oil, Gas and Poverty: What does Turkmenistan Really Have to Offer Tourists

Oil, Gas and Poverty: What does Turkmenistan Really Have to Offer Tourists

Jan 20, 2011 at 06:25 | David Trilling

For a country with the world’s fourth-largest gas reserves, Turkmenistan has a predictably glitzy capital, Ashgabat. And it would stand to reason that the prized Caspian port city an hour’s…

Tax Dispute Over Fuel Supplies at Manas Could Impede the Afghanistan War Effort

Tax Dispute Over Fuel Supplies at Manas Could Impede the Afghanistan War Effort

Jan 19, 2011 at 12:34 | Deirdre Tynan

A new tax dispute over fuel supplies at a strategically important air base in Kyrgyzstan is looming. US diplomats are concerned that potential wrangling could impede the war effort in…

India’s Secret Economic Weapon in its Race With China

India’s Secret Economic Weapon in its Race With China

Jan 18, 2011 at 08:24 | Ed Dolan

The eclipse of the G7 by the G20 puts the spotlight more than ever on India and China as the economic superpowers of the future. So far, China has the…

North Korea Holy War Threat

North Korea Holy War Threat

Dec 26, 2010 at 09:43 | RFE/RL staff

South Korea completed a major show of its military strength amid high tensions with rival neighbor North Korea. North Korea has said it is ready to wage a "holy war"…

Pentagon Put on the Spot over Manas Fuel Supply Deception

Pentagon Put on the Spot over Manas Fuel Supply Deception

Dec 24, 2010 at 09:35 | Deirdre Tynan

A scheme to deceive Russia about the purpose of jet fuel purchases, carried out by Mina Corp and Red Star Enterprises, the two main fuel suppliers to the Manas Transit…

Manas Fuel Supplier Accuses Kyrgyz Authorities

Manas Fuel Supplier Accuses Kyrgyz Authorities

Dec 22, 2010 at 10:30 | Deirdre Tynan

Mina Corp, the holder of a lucrative fuel-supply contract for the strategically important Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan, has accused Kyrgyz authorities of attempting to "disrupt and seize the fuel…

Competition Over Central Asia's Water Supplies Intensifying

Competition Over Central Asia's Water Supplies Intensifying

Dec 09, 2010 at 12:01 | Eurasianet

Tajikistan is making visible progress toward what it calls an independent hydro-energy future. Downstream, Uzbekistan is fuming. Mutual acrimony is prompting the two Central Asian neighbors to trade increasingly harsh…

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