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Geopolitics / Asia

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…

Who Will Compete With China In Central Asia?

Jun 02, 2023 at 10:34 | James Durso

Instead of being “Being Fustest with the Mostest” in Central Asia, an area of intense interest to China and Russia, the U.S. and Europe may be “too little,…

Can China Secure Its Long Term Goals In Afghanistan?

May 23, 2023 at 09:27 | The Jamestown Foundation

At a trilateral meeting in Islamabad on May 9, the foreign ministers of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to extend the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into…

Will The U.S. And Turkmenistan Finally Grow Closer?

May 10, 2023 at 10:59 | James Durso

In April 2023, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Rasit Meredow, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkmenistan for a working meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting…

Moscow’s Influence In Central Asia Continues To Decline

Apr 13, 2023 at 09:58 | The Jamestown Foundation

In the three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation and China have pursued divergent interests in post-Soviet Central Asia, as Moscow seeks to…

Xi’s Geopolitical Playbook, Explained

Apr 07, 2023 at 11:02 | RFE/RL staff

After three years of "zero-COVID" isolation, China is stepping out onto the global stage to a far more unfriendly West and using its growing economic and military power…

A Bridge Between East And West: This New Rail Connection Is Crucial For Eurasia

Mar 17, 2023 at 09:52 | The Jamestown Foundation

For many years, the successive leaders of Kyrgyzstan could not capitalize on their country’s strategic location along the shortest route connecting China to Central Asia and further onward to the…

Energy Tops The Agenda As Turkmenistan’s Leader Heads To Beijing

Jan 06, 2023 at 09:44 | RFE/RL staff

Hoping to boost his country’s economic prospects and deepen its energy links with China, Turkmen President Serdar Berdymukhammedov arrived in Beijing on January 5 for a two-day state…

Is Washington's Uzbekistan Strategy A Blueprint For Central Asia?

Dec 28, 2022 at 12:24 | James Durso

The United States and Uzbekistan recently concluded the second meeting of their Strategic Partnership Dialogue. As Uzbekistan is the most populous country in…

Russian Influence In Central Asia Is Waning

Nov 11, 2022 at 08:21 | The Jamestown Foundation

A major casualty of Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine has been its weakening position and leverage in Central Asia. In truth, this war has plainly demonstrated Moscow’s risky…

Energy And More: Turkmenistan Improves Economic Ties With The U.S

Oct 13, 2022 at 08:54 | Eurasianet

In late August, the president of Turkmenistan signaled that the end was near for price caps for staple goods in state-owned stores.

Xi Is Set To Be Re-Elected As China’s Leader

Sep 26, 2022 at 10:04 | Charles Kennedy

At the Chinese Communist Party’s 20th National Congress in October, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been widely expected to be granted a third term as party leader in…

Kazakhstan Braces For Russian Sanction Fallout

Mar 03, 2022 at 13:52 | Eurasianet

With Russia poised to enter a period of economic recession under the weight of punishing international sanctions, neighboring Kazakhstan is scrambling to minimize the fallout. This…

Why China Should Want Russia’s Invasion To End

Mar 02, 2022 at 12:52 | Haley Zaremba

While it is one of the few global powers that has failed to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China is also one of the countries that is most…

Kazakhstan And Kyrgyzstan Look To Mend Ties With The Taliban

Oct 01, 2021 at 11:29 | RFE/RL staff

It took Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan a little longer than their neighbors to articulate their stances on a Taliban-led government in Afghanistan. Distance has its benefits, and…

Can China Succeed Where America Failed In Afghanistan?

Sep 09, 2021 at 10:44 | Global Risk Insights

China’s long-standing policy of non-interference is challenged by the cruel geopolitical realities and developments in the country with which it shares its smallest border. The U.S. military withdrawal,…

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