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Geopolitics / International

Is Saudi Arabia’s Neom Project Too Ambitious?

Oct 27, 2022 at 09:03 | Felicity Bradstock

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia announced plans to dedicate an $80 billion fund to develop the Neom megaproject, aimed at establishing a futuristic living space in the northwest…

Georgia Looks To Restart Deep Sea Megaproject

Oct 27, 2022 at 08:39 | Eurasianet

With international transit demand rising as a result of the Ukraine war, the Georgian government has revived discussions about constructing the controversial Anaklia deep sea port project.

Uzbekistan Looks To Position Itself As A Key Transport Hub In Central Asia

Oct 27, 2022 at 08:31 | The Jamestown Foundation

Throughout the Russo-Ukrainian war and a period of tense relations between Russia and Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan has followed a proactive track of transport diplomacy to strengthen its geopolitical and…

How Is Russia's War Impacting China’s Belt And Road Ambitions

Oct 26, 2022 at 09:21 | The Jamestown Foundation

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” against Ukraine has severely impacted Eurasian transport logistics, particularly cargo traveling along the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Belt and Road…

Kazakhstan Looks To Lure Foreign Companies Fleeing Russia

Oct 26, 2022 at 08:22 | Eurasianet

As foreign companies look to relocate from sanctions-hit Russia, hundreds are eyeing Kazakhstan as a destination. The government in Astana is touting the benefits of doing…

What’s Next For Xi Jinping?

Oct 25, 2022 at 09:04 | The Jamestown Foundation

General Secretary Xi Jinping has scored an overwhelming victory at the recently concluded 20th Party Congress and the First Plenum of the new Central Committee. Xi’s picks for…

Is Russia Preparing To Abandon Kherson?

Oct 21, 2022 at 09:20 | RFE/RL staff

For weeks, stretching back as far as August, Ukraine had used precision weaponry provided by the United States and other Western countries to target Russian supply lines and…

Beijing’s Delicate Geopolitical Balancing Act

Oct 20, 2022 at 09:38 | The Jamestown Foundation

General Secretary Xi Jinping did not mention “America” in his opening report to the 20th Party Congress (Xinhua, October 16). Nevertheless, Xi made…

Iran Cozies Up To Russia As Western Sanctions Sting

Oct 19, 2022 at 08:49 | The Jamestown Foundation

At present, Iran is struggling mightily with Western sanctions and the resulting economic pressures due to its nuclear program. With the killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amin, the country…

Turkey's Precarious Position Between Russia And NATO

Oct 19, 2022 at 08:09 | The Jamestown Foundation

As pressure increases, Turkey’s middle-man position in the Ukraine crisis is becoming harder to maintain. “Compartmentalization,” meaning separating divisive political, strategic and economic affairs from establishing a working…

Putin Blames Outsiders As Central Asia Turns Its Back On Russia

Oct 17, 2022 at 08:51 | Eurasianet

If there are any tensions in relations between a bellicose Russia which has invaded its neighbor and its former colonies in Central Asia, outsiders are to blame for…

Russia Is Losing Its Influence In Central Asia

Oct 17, 2022 at 08:26 | Eurasianet

The difference between nay votes and non-votes, or abstentions, at the United Nations is symbolic, but often significant. A country that abstains might do so for…

Russia’s Inevitable Border Crisis

Oct 14, 2022 at 09:51 | The Jamestown Foundation

In July 2022, military analysts loyal to the Kremlin noted that Russia lacked the manpower for a massive offensive (Topwar.ru, July 23). At…

Cyberattacks And Satellite Sabotage: Putin's Non-Nuclear Escalations

Oct 13, 2022 at 09:07 | RFE/RL staff

U.S. President Joe Biden turned heads last week by warning Russian President Vladimir Putin is "not joking" when he issues thinly veiled threats of using weapons of mass…

China Is Transforming Georgia’s Geography

Oct 07, 2022 at 09:45 | The Jamestown Foundation

On September 21, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili in New York, during the United Nations General Assembly, and stressed the importance…

Russia’s Soaring Defense Spending Is Unsustainable

Oct 07, 2022 at 09:12 | The Jamestown Foundation

Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine and the Kremlin’s attempts to escalate the political situation and prevent defeat on the battlefield through mobilization, nuclear blackmail and possibly even sabotage…

Biden Warns Of Nuclear “Armageddon” As Russia Faces Setbacks In Ukraine

Oct 07, 2022 at 08:47 | RFE/RL staff

Ukrainian forces pressed ahead with their counteroffensive to liberate Moscow-occupied territories, handing Russian forces a series of defeats that have prompted U.S. President Joe Biden to warn the…

Putin Sees Pakistan As A Potential Partner In Southeast Asia

Oct 06, 2022 at 09:03 | The Jamestown Foundation

On September 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan,…

What’s Inside The EU’s Eighth Russian Sanction Package?

Oct 06, 2022 at 08:40 | RFE/RL staff

The European Union's eighth sanctions package on Russia over its war in Ukraine was officially adopted on October 6 after gaining final approval the previous…

China Is Expanding Its Energy Footprint In The Middle East

Oct 05, 2022 at 11:03 | Simon Watkins

The recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit saw China enhance its influence with several of the world’s leading players in the oil and gas sector. These included not…

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