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Geopolitics

Implications of the Iraqi Gas Auction: Trouble Between Baghdad and the Provinces

Nov 04, 2010 at 09:00 | IWPR

The Iraqi oil ministry’s auction of three natural gas fields last month was angrily opposed by all the governorates in which they are located. With provincial officials threatening legal action…

Massive Corruption Begins in Nigerian Presidential Race

Nov 02, 2010 at 13:11 | Global Intelligence Report

The corruption of the Nigerian political process is  now in full swing: major payments are now being made to each of the delegates of the political parties — particularly the…

Russia's Demographic Timebomb

Oct 29, 2010 at 12:31 | Richard Weitz

Russia is experiencing an unprecedented demographic crisis, according to a prominent American population expert. The country’s dwindling population could make it hard for Moscow to implement its economic and diplomatic…

Turkmenistan Takes Sides in Pipeline Supply Competition

Oct 28, 2010 at 16:19 | Global Intelligence Report

While Russia has stated that its state-owned gas giant Gazprom would participate in a trans-Afghan pipeline with Turkmenistan, Turkmen officials have denied the same. This comes after a rather disappointing…

Weekly Geopolitical Summary: Iran Lashes Out, Washington Eyes Billions

Oct 25, 2010 at 09:51 | Global Intelligence Report

In This Week’s Issue: 68 Dead in Karachi, Pakistan Political Killing SpreeRussia, Venezuela Sign Nuclear Power Station DealWashington Eyes Billions in India Deals Netherlands Antilles Ceases to…

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…

Power Shifting from West to Asia and Latin America

Oct 22, 2010 at 09:07 | Economywatch

In Asia, it's a truism that, as Chairman Mao put it, "the wind comes from the East", at least as far as the world economy is concerned. But what was…

China's Naval Ambitions Spur New Regional Strategic Planning

Oct 21, 2010 at 10:42 | Global Intelligence Report

Defense planning efforts in East Asia have been markedly influenced by China’s bellicose response to the detention of a Chinese fisherman for ramming a Japanese naval boat in disputed waters.…

Russia and Turkmenistan to Talk on Natural Gas Supplies

Oct 21, 2010 at 08:16 | Editorial Dept

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Turkmenistan on October 22-23 is likely to focus on the future of natural gas purchases from that country. Moscow is traditionally the biggest purchaser…

Russias Growing Anger over Afghanistans Growing Drug Output

Oct 18, 2010 at 08:32 | Deirdre Tynan

Russian frustration is rising with NATO’s “incomprehensible passivity” in efforts to contain Afghanistan’s growing drugs output. It has reached a point where some politicians in Moscow are starting to call…

Uzbekistan "6+3" Afghanistan Proposal Deserves Washington’s Attention

Oct 15, 2010 at 13:14 | John Daly

On 14 October the Atlantic Council hosted an extraordinary event, a “Roundtable on Providing Security and Stability in Afghanistan: Uzbekistan’s View” as part of its Eurasia Discussion Series. Tashkent deployed…

Weekly Geopolitical Summary, 14 October 2010

Oct 15, 2010 at 10:35 | Charles Kennedy

In this week’s issue: •Head of Turkmengaz Fired and Replaced with Deputy•CYBERCOM to Go Operational This Month•Govt Takes over Hungarian Plant after Deadly Toxic Spill•French Transport and…

US and Kyrgyzstan Wrangling Over Fuel Supply Offer for Access to Manas

Oct 15, 2010 at 08:43 | Deirdre Tynan

As talks to shape Kyrgyzstan’s next government get underway, the United States has fashioned a compromise fuel-supply arrangement that US officials hope will ensure American and NATO access to the…

What Are China's Military Intentions in Central Asia?

Oct 11, 2010 at 10:43 | Joshua Kucera

China's performance in the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization exercises in Kazakhstan suggests that Beijing is preparing its military to be able to intervene unilaterally in Central Asia, says Roger McDermott.…

Russia Makes Major Headway with South Stream Pipeline

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:54 | Charles Kennedy

Russia’s South Stream pipeline plans have increased momentum, netting formal agreements in the Balkans, most recently with Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity of Republika Srpska and Macedonia. The president of Bosnia’s Republika…

Pakistani Supply Route Blockade Puts ISAF Forces at Risk

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:48 | Global Intelligence Report

Last week, in apparent retaliation for NATO’s cross-border air strikes on Pakistani territory, which were conducted without advance discussions with Pakistani officials, Islamabad imposed a blockade on NATO’s Afghan supply…

US Drones Kill Five German Nationals, Amid Europe-Wide Terror Alert

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:45 | Global Intelligence Report

Five to eight German nationals were killed on 5 October in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The strikes were apparently part of a stepped-up CIA…

Bosnian Elections See Moderate Gains, but Little Hope for Change

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:43 | Global Intelligence Report

More than 8,000 candidates from 39 political parties and 11 coalitions competed for seats in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s central parliament and tripartite presidency during 3 October elections. The Bosnian Croat and Bosniak…

Nigeria Attacks May Show Dangerous Rift in MEND

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:41 | Global Intelligence Report

Two suspects have been named in car bombings that killed more than a dozen people in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on 1 October on the occasion of the country’s…

UK Diplomats Targeted in Yemen Attack

Oct 08, 2010 at 13:39 | Global Intelligence Report

On 6 October, the British deputy ambassador and four other embassy personnel were targeted in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in the capital Sana’a. One of the embassy personnel was slightly…

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