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Geopolitics

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…

How Afghanistan Could Benefit From Better Relations with Its Neighbors

Mar 13, 2024 at 11:42 | James Durso

After 20 years of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, Central Asia is increasingly connected to the Islamic Emirate and is building the foundation for sustained economic growth. But first, NATO…

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…

How China Emerged as a Winner in the Shadow of the Ukraine War

Mar 01, 2024 at 09:15 | RFE/RL staff

The war in Ukraine is still grinding on but has entered something of a stalemate, with minimal movement on the battlefield. But after two years of war, how…

Egypt Seals Historic $35 Billion Development Deal with UAE

Feb 29, 2024 at 07:26 | ZeroHedge

Via Middle East Eye Egypt has agreed to a $35 billion deal with the United Arab Emirates to develop the town of Ras el-Hekma town…

Kyrgyzstan’s Explosive Car Market Growth Raises Eyebrows

Feb 28, 2024 at 07:56 | Eurasianet

Kyrgyzstan’s foreign trade is expanding, but the growth numbers aren’t necessarily a cause for celebration in Bishkek. Overall trade turnover rose…

Houthis Knock Out Undersea Internet Connections in Red Sea

Feb 28, 2024 at 07:49 | ZeroHedge

There are new reports saying Yemen's Houthis have knocked out several underwater telecommunications cables linking Europe and Asia, however, some of the accounts of the extent of damage…

Kremlin Warns of Escalation if NATO Troops Fight in Ukraine

Feb 27, 2024 at 09:02 | RFE/RL staff

The Kremlin has warned Kyiv's European allies that sending troops to fight in Ukraine would lead to the "inevitability" of war between Russia and NATO after France said…

Iran’s Syria Strategy Is Coming Unravelled

Feb 26, 2024 at 08:44 | RFE/RL staff

Iran is eager to build on its longstanding alliance with Syria, but Tehran's achievements in expanding its influence in the Arab country are threatening one of its primary…

The Armenia-Azerbaijan Diplomatic Dance Continues

Feb 21, 2024 at 08:02 | Eurasianet

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met in Munich on February 17 with the mediation of…

A Look Inside Iran’s Shadowy ‘Axis of Resistance’

Feb 20, 2024 at 08:23 | RFE/RL staff

Iran's so-called axis of resistance is a loose network of proxies, Tehran-backed militant groups, and an allied state actor. The network is a key element of…

Crew Abandons Cargo Ship After Houthi Attack

Feb 19, 2024 at 09:33 | ZeroHedge

Attacks on Red Sea shipping from Yemen's Iran-backed Houthis escalated overnight when missiles hit a commercial vessel and forced the crew to evacuate. There are also reports a US drone…

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