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Iranian Crisis Could Send Oil To $100

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Geopolitics / Asia

Is War in the South China Sea Inevitable?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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…

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