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Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?
February 03, 2017
Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?
What factors were tying Gorbachev's hands in the final months of the Soviet Union?
Did Gorbachev Ever Have a Shot At Saving the USSR?
A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities
January 31, 2017
A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities
Modern Central Asian states, like their Soviet predecessor, like to overemphasize ethnic harmony.
A Soviet Legacy: Solving the Problem of Nationalities
The Geopolitics of India and Russia’s Disparate Interests
December 28, 2016
The Geopolitics of India and Russia’s Disparate Interests
How much do Indian and Russian interests converge in the 21st century?
The Geopolitics of India and Russia’s Disparate Interests
Khrushchev’s Fate and China’s Future 
November 24, 2016
Khrushchev’s Fate and China’s Future 
What Xi Jinping can learn from Khrushchev's struggles with reform in the Soviet Union.
Khrushchev’s Fate and China’s Future 
The Mysterious Sale of Mongolia's Erdenet Mine
July 09, 2016
The Mysterious Sale of Mongolia's Erdenet Mine
The sale of Russia's stake in one of the world's largest copper mines raised unanswered questions.
The Mysterious Sale of Mongolia's Erdenet Mine
Pointing to Perestroika: Explaining Social Unrest in Tajikistan
June 29, 2016
Pointing to Perestroika: Explaining Social Unrest in Tajikistan
The glasnost–democratization–nationalism argument for unrest in newly-independent Tajikistan leaves out economic factors.
Pointing to Perestroika: Explaining Social Unrest in Tajikistan
Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 3
June 21, 2016
Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 3
In the final chapters, the mystery of Fedor Lee is solved and some of the Uzbek Koreans return to North Korea.
Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 3
Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 2
June 14, 2016
Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 2
The story continues as the Koreans transition through life in forced labor camps to building new lives in Uzbekistan.
Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 2
Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 1
June 08, 2016
Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 1
Victoria Kim, in looking into her own history, dives into the story of how Koreans came to Uzbekistan.
Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story, Part 1
Kyrgyz President Warns of Modern Fascists in Russia
May 10, 2016
Kyrgyz President Warns of Modern Fascists in Russia
Victory Day in Central Asia this year was a more subdued affair, with requiems instead of parades.
Kyrgyz President Warns of Modern Fascists in Russia
How Mao Zedong Benefited From the Cuban Missile Crisis
April 08, 2016
How Mao Zedong Benefited From the Cuban Missile Crisis
The Chinese role in Cuba during the Cold War paid dividends domestically for Mao Zedong.
How Mao Zedong Benefited From the Cuban Missile Crisis
Tajikistan Wastes Time Renaming Towns
February 04, 2016
Tajikistan Wastes Time Renaming Towns
What’s in a name? The city edition.
Tajikistan Wastes Time Renaming Towns
Can China Fix Central Asia's Soviet Rail Legacy?
January 14, 2016
Can China Fix Central Asia's Soviet Rail Legacy?
Soviet infrastructure linked the region only to Moscow, will Chinese infrastructure start connecting it to the world?
Can China Fix Central Asia's Soviet Rail Legacy?
Tolkachev, Cold War Spycraft, and Modern Risks for China
December 28, 2015
Tolkachev, Cold War Spycraft, and Modern Risks for China
China should be wary of a Tolkachev-esque figure eroding its strategic position vis-a-vis the United States.
Tolkachev, Cold War Spycraft, and Modern Risks for China
Back to the Future: World Politics Edition
October 21, 2015
Back to the Future: World Politics Edition
What would leaders from 1985 make of the world in 2015?
Back to the Future: World Politics Edition
It’s 2010 in Central Asia, Again
September 18, 2015
It’s 2010 in Central Asia, Again
The Internet, cotton, bus stops and a flash from the past feature in this week’s recommended reads.
It’s 2010 in Central Asia, Again
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