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Geopolitics

Turkey Deepens Strategic Relationship with China

Nov 16, 2010 at 16:14 | Global Intelligence Report

The visit by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Beijing a week ago, follows by a scant three weeks the visit by China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Ankara on…

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…

EU Unveils its Energy Strategy for the Next 10 Years

Nov 12, 2010 at 08:16 | Ahto Lobjakas

BRUSSELS -- The European Union's energy commissioner has unveiled the main outlines of a proposed joint EU energy strategy for the next 10 years. Presenting his "Energy 2020" strategy paper…

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…

Azerbaijan Expands its Energy Options Following Further Nabucco Delays

Nov 08, 2010 at 09:07 | Eurasianet

With the Nabucco pipeline project still stuck on the drawing board, Azerbaijan is busy trying to broaden its energy export options. Over the past three months, Azerbaijan has made a…

Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar Head Top 10 List of Most Corrupt Countries

Nov 08, 2010 at 09:02 | Global Intelligence Report

After recent reports that Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other government officials received bags of cash from Iran, it’s no surprise that Afghanistan would be near the top of a…

Pentagon Fuel Supply Agreement Could Strain Relationship With Kyrgyzstan

Nov 05, 2010 at 10:37 | Deirdre Tynan

In a move that could strain Washington’s relationship with Kyrgyzstan, a key Central Asian ally, the Pentagon opted November 3 to award a new fuel-supply contract to a company that…

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…

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