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Geopolitics / Asia

Pakistan and India to go to War over Water?

Apr 04, 2012 at 17:28 | John Daly

A peaceful and stable Pakistan is integral to western efforts to pacify Afghanistan, but Islamabad’s obsessions with its giant eastern neighbor may render such issues moot.Since partition in 1947,…

India and China Vie for Influence in Nepal

Mar 13, 2012 at 18:01 | John Daly

In the titanic struggle for world supremacy fought between the U.S. and USSR between 1945 and 1991, all eyes were focused on their attempts to bring Third world nations to…

China's Benign Foreign Policy Image at Odds with South China Sea Stance

Feb 19, 2012 at 12:35 | John Daly

Beijing for years has relentlessly projected a benign image in its foreign policy, but as its maritime neighbors are discovering, China’s pacifist representations do not extend to energy issues, most…

China Casts Increasingly Large Investment Shadow Over Southeast Asian Neighbors

Jan 16, 2012 at 22:05 | John Daly

Thinking of opening a textile mill in Kampuchea? A shrimp farm in Vietnam? Anything at all in Laos or Myanmar? Then think fast and act, as China is increasingly dominating…

Is War in the South China Sea Inevitable?

Dec 12, 2011 at 08:07 | John Daly

If China is not actually preparing for conflict in the South China Sea over disputed archipelagos and islets and their rich offshore resources, from fish to hydrocarbons, then consider the…

Central Asian Setback for the U.S. Military

Nov 04, 2011 at 08:38 | John Daly

The last few weeks have seen the U.S. Department of Defense suffer a number of setbacks in its effort to retain military influence overseas. First came the startling announcement on…

China Believes it has Indisputable Sovereignty Over the South China Seas

Oct 05, 2011 at 07:41 | John Daly

An apocryphal quote attributed to Chinese Premier Chou En Lai when asked about the French Revolution was, "It is too soon to say." Those seeking further advice from Chairman Mao…

North and South Korean Nuclear Breakthrough?

Sep 21, 2011 at 14:48 | John Daly

The U.S.-Mexican border is one of the few in the world where the First World coexists uneasily alongside the Third World. A second is the demilitarized zone dividing North and…

China’s Ongoing Territorial Disputes

Jul 22, 2011 at 07:53 | John Daly

While the West is pummeled by China’s rising economy, neighbors fear possible Beijing territorial claims. The dazzling rise of the Chinese economy over the last decade has been the 21st…

Tajikistan, A Frail Nation-State Amidst the New Great Game

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

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

North Korea Shells South Korean Island

Nov 23, 2010 at 12:27 | RFE/RL staff

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says he is trying to prevent a broader conflict breaking out following North Korea's artillery barrage on a populated island along the two states' disputed…

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