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Geopolitics / International

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan Strengthen Trade Ties

Apr 11, 2024 at 09:21 | Eurasianet

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are strengthening their trans-Caspian relationship. Closer bilateral ties can provide a big boost to the development of the Middle Corridor trade route. Azerbaijan’s…

China's Mediation Efforts: A Closer Look at Beijing's Ukraine Strategy

Apr 10, 2024 at 09:58 | RFE/RL staff

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently wrapped up a trip to Beijing where he met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, for talks on a series of "hot…

Ukraine's War Effort May Get Boost from Frozen Russian Assets

Apr 09, 2024 at 09:14 | RFE/RL staff

The European Union is inching closer to a historic decision on using profits from Russian assets frozen by the bloc to help Ukraine. The Russian central bank's assets…

Armenia's Shift West Draws Ire from Moscow and Baku

Apr 09, 2024 at 09:02 | Eurasianet

The European Union and United States are incentivizing Armenia to maintain its westward geopolitical shift. The growing EU-US role in supporting the country’s reform efforts is drawing a…

China's Economic Grip Tightens on Kyrgyzstan

Apr 05, 2024 at 09:05 | Eurasianet

Politically, Kyrgyzstan may be mimicking Russia, but when it comes to trade and investment, Bishkek is tilting toward China. Kyrgyzstan’s split geostrategic personality reflects changing circumstances wrought by…

Ukraine Aid Bill Faces High-Stakes Showdown in Congress

Apr 04, 2024 at 08:30 | RFE/RL staff

After months of delays that have sapped the strength of Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion, a multibillion-dollar aid bill may soon be headed toward…

Afghanistan's Qosh Tepa Canal Project Faces Scrutiny After Water Leak

Apr 03, 2024 at 08:42 | Eurasianet

A mysterious spill is fanning fears across Central Asia about the construction of a canal in northern Afghanistan. The Taliban government in Kabul is vowing to press ahead…

Kazakh-Chinese Bilateral Trade Reached $41 Billion in 2023

Mar 29, 2024 at 09:30 | Eurasianet

There are significant discrepancies in trade turnover statistics registered by Kazakhstan and China, with China reporting higher figures.Atameken, the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs (NCE) of Kazakhstan,…

The Long and Winding Road to EU Accession

Mar 26, 2024 at 09:39 | RFE/RL staff

Earlier in March, the European Commission sent over the so-called "negotiation framework" for Ukraine and Moldova to European Union member states for approval. The 19-page-document, seen by RFE/RL,…

Chip War Escalates as China Bans Intel, AMD Chips in Government Computers

Mar 25, 2024 at 08:57 | ZeroHedge

After the US took several steps to prevent Chinese companies from acquiring both the latest Nvidia AI chips as well as Europe's semiconductor titan ASML from sending its…

U.S. Plan for Central Asian Integration Gets Thumbs Up From Key Players

Mar 21, 2024 at 09:50 | Eurasianet

A US-led effort to help Central Asian states reshape the region’s business landscape is achieving some of its initial objectives, putting the initiative on a more solid foundation…

Is Iran Losing Its Clout in the Caucasus?

Mar 20, 2024 at 09:41 | RFE/RL staff

An emboldened Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey, has changed the balance of power in the South Caucasus in recent years. Baku reclaimed full control over Nagorno-Karabakh, a…

What Does Putin’s Re-Election Mean for the World?

Mar 18, 2024 at 08:47 | RFE/RL staff

This we can say with high confidence: Vladimir Putin will be declared the victor of the now ongoing three-day election, ushering in another six years as Russia's president.…

Kazakhstan Strengthens China-Russia Trade Links With Railway Expansion

Mar 15, 2024 at 09:13 | Eurasianet

Kazakhstan Railways is bolstering its presence in both China and Russia to cement the Central Asian state’s role as a hub for both Europe- and Russia-bound freight rail…

Water Diplomacy Takes Center Stage in Turkmen-Afghan Talks

Mar 13, 2024 at 08:42 | Eurasianet

Amid all the bonhomie on display during last week’s visit to Turkmenistan by a high-level delegation from Taliban-run Afghanistan, one thorny issue was…

EU Expansion Talks with Ukraine and Moldova on Hold Ahead of Elections

Mar 12, 2024 at 09:26 | RFE/RL staff

In December 2023, European Union leaders made the historic decision to open EU accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova. But two months into 2024, the…

Uzbek Insider Takes Helm of $850 Million Gas Project Amid Sanctions

Mar 08, 2024 at 08:55 | Eurasianet

Control of an $850 million gas-storage development in Uzbekistan linked to sanctioned Russian tycoon Gennady Timchenko, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been transferred to…

Azerbaijan Accuses France of Double Standards in South Caucasus Conflict

Mar 08, 2024 at 08:35 | Eurasianet

French President Emmanuel Macron recently caused a kerfuffle over Ukraine, dropping a bombshell suggestion that NATO troops could be deployed in the Russian-Ukrainian war. Over in the South…

Russia, Iran, and Turkey Forge New Economic Alliance in South Caucasus

Mar 06, 2024 at 08:09 | Eurasianet

The Caucasus is the key link in a rapidly developing “value chain” forged by Russia and Iran to circumvent Western sanctions, according to a policy brief published by…

How Sweden’s Entry Into NATO Reshapes Baltic and Arctic Security

Mar 05, 2024 at 08:23 | RFE/RL staff

NATO has had to wait nearly 18 months for Turkey and Hungary to finally sign off on letting Sweden join the military alliance. Despite the long wait, there…

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