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Joshua Kucera

Joshua Kucera is a freelance reporter specializing in the former Soviet Union. His articles from the region have also appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and many other publications. He is also a regular contributor to Jane’s Defence Weekly and to EurasiaNet, where he also blogs on Eurasian defense and security issues at The Bug Pit.

‘Foreseeing Ordeals,’ Kazakhstan Dips Into Oil Fund
November 13, 2014
‘Foreseeing Ordeals,’ Kazakhstan Dips Into Oil Fund
The president has announced the move with some disconcerting predictions.
‘Foreseeing Ordeals,’ Kazakhstan Dips Into Oil Fund
U.S. Ambassador Reignites Cold War Rhetoric in Kyrgyzstan
November 06, 2014
U.S. Ambassador Reignites Cold War Rhetoric in Kyrgyzstan
Unusually blunt comments highlight the country’s role in the battle for influence in Central Asia.
U.S. Ambassador Reignites Cold War Rhetoric in Kyrgyzstan
Putin Signals Russia's Shift to Asia
October 31, 2014
Putin Signals Russia's Shift to Asia
The Russian president makes it clear that his country will be looking to strengthen ties with Asia.
Putin Signals Russia's Shift to Asia
US and Russia Fight Proxy War Over Gay Rights in Kyrgyzstan
October 23, 2014
US and Russia Fight Proxy War Over Gay Rights in Kyrgyzstan
Recent legislation in Kyrgyzstan inhibiting gay rights puts the country at odds with the U.S.
US and Russia Fight Proxy War Over Gay Rights in Kyrgyzstan
Turkmenistan Prepares for Post-2014 Afghanistan
October 16, 2014
Turkmenistan Prepares for Post-2014 Afghanistan
The government appears worried about a growing Taliban presence near its border.
Turkmenistan Prepares for Post-2014 Afghanistan
In Kazakhstan, Hope and Skepticism About Hosting 2022 Olympics
October 09, 2014
In Kazakhstan, Hope and Skepticism About Hosting 2022 Olympics
The Games could put the country on the map. But not everybody is excited about the idea.
In Kazakhstan, Hope and Skepticism About Hosting 2022 Olympics
After Summit, Caspian Sea Questions Linger
October 02, 2014
After Summit, Caspian Sea Questions Linger
Despite some signs of progress, the littoral states remain apart on key issues.
After Summit, Caspian Sea Questions Linger
Russia and the SCO Military Exercises
August 28, 2014
Russia and the SCO Military Exercises
Russia may be putting aside its reluctance to accept the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s growing clout in Central Asia.
Russia and the SCO Military Exercises
Great Game in Central Asia After Afghanistan
March 27, 2013
Great Game in Central Asia After Afghanistan
Could efforts by Russia and America in Central Asia exacerbate tensions and make matters worse?
Great Game in Central Asia After Afghanistan
Can U.S. Get out of Afghanistan?
April 20, 2012
Can U.S. Get out of Afghanistan?
The United States faces a number of practical hurdles in getting its forces out of Afghanistan in 2014. But it has found an unlikely ally in its efforts.
Can U.S. Get out of Afghanistan?
Is Time Ripe for a Kazakh Spring?
January 19, 2012
Is Time Ripe for a Kazakh Spring?
Kazakhstan’s latest elections have been condemned as another sham. But protests in the city of Zhanaozen suggest the public’s patience is wearing thin.
Is Time Ripe for a Kazakh Spring?
December 14, 2011
America’s Afghan Supply Problem
The killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a U.S. air attack has left the U.S. more dependent on Uzbekistan. But is Tashkent a reliable – or advisable – partner?
America’s Afghan Supply Problem
The New Silk Road?
November 11, 2011
The New Silk Road?
The United States hopes that a combination of trade and infrastructure can help steer Afghanistan away from unrest – and Russia.
The New Silk Road?
Why Russia Fears US Afghan Plan
October 18, 2011
Why Russia Fears US Afghan Plan
Having feared the US entry into Afghanistan, some in Russia now fear the United States’ exit will make it a bigger target for Islamic militants.
Why Russia Fears US Afghan Plan
India’s Central Asia Soft Power
September 03, 2011
India’s Central Asia Soft Power
India may not have got the airbase it planned in Tajikistan. But hospital and research initiatives offer a chance of influence – without upsetting Russia.
India’s Central Asia Soft Power
Kazakhstan’s Islamist Threat?
August 15, 2011
Kazakhstan’s Islamist Threat?
The Kazakh government’s failure to explain a number of recent attacks has fuelled talk of an Islamic terrorism threat to the country.
Kazakhstan’s Islamist Threat?
US Sucked Into Central Asia Strife?
April 27, 2011
US Sucked Into Central Asia Strife?
Russia and the US are set to help build counter-terrorism centres in Kyrgyzstan. Will they get sucked into regional disputes?
US Sucked Into Central Asia Strife?
Has Chavez Given the Farm to China?
March 05, 2011
Has Chavez Given the Farm to China?
Hugo Chavez has been keen to boost China’s prospects of surpassing the US as a superpower. But are his energy deals good for Venezuela?
Has Chavez Given the Farm to China?
Kazakhstan’s Political Theatre
February 08, 2011
Kazakhstan’s Political Theatre
Is Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev developing a soft spot for democracy in his old age? Don’t hold your breath, says Joshua Kucera.
Kazakhstan’s Political Theatre
Violence in Tajikistan
November 30, 2010
Violence in Tajikistan
A wave of violence in Tajikistan is raising fears that the government is losing control of parts of the country. It’s a dangerous development in unstable Central Asia.
Violence in Tajikistan
Arms Race on the Caspian?
August 31, 2010
Arms Race on the Caspian?
Nations around the Caspian Sea are boosting their navies. With Russia and the West involved as well, it’s getting complicated.
Arms Race on the Caspian?
China Eyes Bite of Mongolia?
March 19, 2010
China Eyes Bite of Mongolia?
As Russia and China vie for access to its minerals, Mongolia has turned to the US as a counterweight. But is its democracy safe?
China Eyes Bite of Mongolia?
February 19, 2010
China’s Russian Invasion
Russian officials have mused openly about the prospects of a de facto takeover of the country’s Far East by Chinese immigrants (legal and illegal alike) reports Joshua Kucera. But a booming Chinese economy and disaffection with Moscow might actually be pushing Russians the other way.
China’s Russian Invasion
China Enters the ‘Great Game’
February 08, 2010
China Enters the ‘Great Game’
After taking a backseat to the United States and Russia in Central Asia since the collapse of the Soviet Union, China is finally making its mark in the region, says Joshua Kucera. But while the three powers vie for influence, it could be the 'stans' that are playing the wiliest game of all.
China Enters the ‘Great Game’
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