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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,…

The Afghanistan Crisis Could Destabilize The Region

Aug 17, 2021 at 11:59 | Eurasianet

Governments across Central Asia appear as stunned as the rest of the international community in the face of the rapid disintegration of order in neighboring Afghanistan.

Military Takes Full Control Of Myanmar

Feb 05, 2021 at 11:31 | Editorial Dept

Myanmar is a huge investment for China. We’re talking about billions of dollars in infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines, mines, and a deepwater port--not to mention a…

How The Coup In Myanmar Will Impact Energy Markets

Feb 04, 2021 at 10:08 | Viktor Katona

Myanmar’s military coup has become Asia’s most significant political development in 2021 so far. In many ways, the coup brought back memories of times long gone – Aung San Suu…

Taiwan Detains Chinese Oil Tanker

Aug 10, 2020 at 10:01 | Charles Kennedy

Taiwan has detained a Chinese tanker for allegedly illegal entry into its territorial waters, Taiwanese media report, adding that the six-member crew has been arrested. Taiwan has stepped up…

Why We Won’t See An Oil War In The South China Sea

Aug 05, 2020 at 17:48 | Haley Zaremba

Barrels of ink have been spilled covering the geopolitical conflicts in the South China Sea over the past few years, with plenty of…

Is Turkey Drilling For Oil & Gas In The Wrong Sea?

Jul 31, 2020 at 18:01 | Viktor Katona

Whilst most of European media have narrowed down the deterioration in EU-Turkey relations to the issues of the “refurbished” Hagia Sophia and the protracted Libyan proxy war, their…

Why The Iran-China Oil Alliance Is So Important

Jul 30, 2020 at 13:53 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The steady rise in U.S. strategic competition with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) over trade and the South China Sea already has so many dimensions…

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