September 20, 2017

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Getting Regional Trade Right in Central Asia

Containers at Karachi port. Sheryaar Jivani. (photo by Sheryaar Jivani, CC license)

One golden opportunity for ECO member countries to increase trade and investment is in the road and rail development projects under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. Read More »

Central Asia’s Future: Three Powers, Three Visions

Participants in the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting. (Photo courtesy Presidential Press and Information Office, Kremlin)

China, Russia and the U.S. each have visions to connect Central Asia with the rest of Eurasia. Read More »

China Challenges Russian Influence in Kazakhstan

The waning of Russian influence in Central Asia presents a unique opportunity for China to both increase its influence in the region and to reap economic benefits by deepening its market access. (Photo by Asian Development Bank, Creative Commons License)

China wants to counterbalance Russian influence in Central Asia by expanding its economic activities, trade and transport projects in the region. As Russia suffers recession and the political isolation due to the conflict in Ukraine, its influence in Kazakhstan and Central Asia may decrease. Read More »

Three Charged with Attempt to Provide Material Support to ISIL

(Photo by Nick Allen, Creative Commons License)

Three men of Central Asian descent have been arrested in New York on the charges of conspiracy to provide material support to the ISIL terrorist group. Read More »

Presence of ISIL in Afghanistan and Central Asia

(Map by Dave Proffer, Creative Commons License)

Currently, ISIL does not seem to be operating in Afghanistan or Central Asian countries; yet, all necessary measures should be taken by the regional governments to take away the hope of ISIL surviving in the region. Read More »

Understanding Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Future


China has been attempting to shape a non-Western security grouping to counterbalance NATO and allow it more room for military action in Asia. The SCO, often dubbed the Asian NATO, has been dominated by Russia and China. Expanding the SCO is imperative to securing the Central Asian gas pipelines, many of which run through Chinese territory and are threatened by insurgencies that compromise their construction. Read More »

WFP Shortfall Fuels Afghan Funding Fears

Two IDP children from southern Helmand province standing behind their mud hut on the outskirts of Kabul. (Photo by Mohammad Popal/IRIN)

Aid agencies are calling on international donors to show their support for Afghanistan even as they face ongoing crises. Humanitarian budgets in Afghanistan had often been tied to military objectives since the 2001 US-led invasion. As foreign troops prepare to pull out, fears of declining budgets are growing.  Read More »

Chinese Loans And Russian Influence in Kazakhstan

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev (C) and Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko (L) shake hands during a joint statement for press following the signing ceremony  in Astana, Kazakhstan, 29 May 2014.  Putin and his counterparts from Kazakhstan and Belarus signed a deal forming an Eurasian Union between the three states. (Photo by EPA/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti via East Asia Forum)

Members of the Russian-led EaEU are scheduled to establish the legal and regulatory framework to create a Single Economic Space by January 2015. But Kazakhstan has become increasingly wary of Russia’s political influence. Kazakhstan is constrained politically by the far superior military power of its northern neighbor. Most of Kazakhstan’s population along the Russia–Kazakhstan border are ethnic Russians. Fears within Kazakhstan about Moscow’s intentions have heightened due to Russia’s March 2014 annexation of Crimea. Read More »

The Geopolitics on Central Asia’s Petroleum Riches

Kazakhstan oil bound for Russia. (Photo by Duccio Aiazzi, Creative Commons License)

Central Asia’s share of the world’s reserves of natural gas is somewhat higher at 11 per cent; still, it falls short of the Middle East’s share, 43 per cent. Hydrocarbon rents have enabled the authoritarian regimes in Central Asia to provide the welfare services that ensure their populations’ acquiescence in their government. Read More »

The Knowns and Unknowns of Flight MH370

(Courtesy The Malaysian Insider)

It is one of the biggest hunts ever – involving dozens of ships, planes across vast oceans and thousands of people on the Internet searching real-time satellite pictures – but Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is still lost.   The Boeing 777-200ER carrying 239 people vanished exactly a week ago, while on an overnight flight to Beijing but a search that ... Read More »