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The Limitations of the Iran Deal
April 12, 2015
The Limitations of the Iran Deal
A nuclear agreement is great, but Tehran will continue to have an adversarial, hostile relationship with the West.
The Limitations of the Iran Deal
China, Russia and the Tussle for Influence in Kazakhstan
March 23, 2015
China, Russia and the Tussle for Influence in Kazakhstan
The two powers are pursuing competing interests in Central Asia.
China, Russia and the Tussle for Influence in Kazakhstan
Mongolia’s Dubious Merchant Navy
March 20, 2015
Mongolia’s Dubious Merchant Navy
The country risks serious damage to its reputation with its questionable maritime activities.
Mongolia’s Dubious Merchant Navy
<i>Silk Road Reporters</i>: An Independent News Site for Central Asia?
March 11, 2015
Silk Road Reporters: An Independent News Site for Central Asia?
Why a new site covering Central Asia might not be all that it seems.
Silk Road Reporters: An Independent News Site for Central Asia?
Netanyahu’s Faulty Case to the U.S. Congress
March 07, 2015
Netanyahu’s Faulty Case to the U.S. Congress
For the Israeli Prime Minister, compromise isn’t an option.
Netanyahu’s Faulty Case to the U.S. Congress
Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Impending, Unconstitutional Reelection
February 28, 2015
Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Impending, Unconstitutional Reelection
Domestic and international dynamics suggest Karimov will again run for president, and win.
Uzbekistan: Karimov’s Impending, Unconstitutional Reelection
Kyrgyzstan's Controversial Gold Mine
February 19, 2015
Kyrgyzstan's Controversial Gold Mine
Allegations of torture are only the latest scandal to be associated with the troubled Kumtor Gold Mine.
Kyrgyzstan's Controversial Gold Mine
The Russian-Iranian Military Agreement: Another Perspective
February 16, 2015
The Russian-Iranian Military Agreement: Another Perspective
Could oil price fears be driving Moscow to play the role of spoiler?
The Russian-Iranian Military Agreement: Another Perspective
Mackinder Revisited: Will China Establish Eurasian Empire 3.0?
February 07, 2015
Mackinder Revisited: Will China Establish Eurasian Empire 3.0?
China has emerged as a new contender for control over Mackinder’s “Heartland.”
Mackinder Revisited: Will China Establish Eurasian Empire 3.0?
Eurasia’s Potemkin Democracies
February 03, 2015
Eurasia’s Potemkin Democracies
Central Asia remains difficult terrain for democracy, and prospects seem bleaker than ever.
Eurasia’s Potemkin Democracies
Eurasia: The Hype of Continentalism
February 03, 2015
Eurasia: The Hype of Continentalism
‘Analysts should not allow geopolitical possibility to overshadow the divisive conflicts that exist throughout Eurasia.’
Eurasia: The Hype of Continentalism
Russia’s Waning Soft Power in Central Asia
January 09, 2015
Russia’s Waning Soft Power in Central Asia
The Russian language is fading in the region, and there seems little Moscow can do about it.
Russia’s Waning Soft Power in Central Asia
Kazakhstan’s Economic Outreach
January 02, 2015
Kazakhstan’s Economic Outreach
As the Eurasian Economic Union takes effect, Kazakhstan maintains its ambitious economic diplomacy.
Kazakhstan’s Economic Outreach
The Fight for China’s Gas Market
December 23, 2014
The Fight for China’s Gas Market
Why Turkmenistan will prevail over Russia as China’s primary pipeline gas supplier.
The Fight for China’s Gas Market
Turkey in Central Asia: Turkic Togetherness?
November 28, 2014
Turkey in Central Asia: Turkic Togetherness?
Ankara has been noticeably reticent developing ties in the former Soviet sphere.
Turkey in Central Asia: Turkic Togetherness?
Afghanistan: Warlords and Democracy
October 26, 2014
Afghanistan: Warlords and Democracy
Some of Afghanistan’s warlords have decided to buy into the political process.
Afghanistan: Warlords and Democracy
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