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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…

India On the Road to Great Power Status

Nov 16, 2010 at 08:04 | Open Democracy

President Obama’s recent visit to India represented another considerable and defining step on India’s journey to great power status. Although not reaching the heights of George W Bush’s 2008 visit…

Growing Space Focus in Sino-Indian Rivalry

Nov 11, 2010 at 19:37 | Global Intelligence Report

China has directed a $13 million loan to Pakistan toward a joint communications satellite project, while space cooperation between America and India reaches new levels of sophistication.  ANALYSIS: Pakistan’s Ambassador…

Turkmen Gas: Russia in a Strong Negotiating Position

Oct 22, 2010 at 09:55 | RFE/RL staff

Not so long ago Russia, or rather the state-owned gas company Gazprom, was willing to buy as much Turkmen gas as it could, and was willing to pay top dollar…

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