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The Art of Survival for Central Asian States
January 03, 2022

The Art of Survival for Central Asian States

By Brian Wong, Iskander Akylbayev, and Valikhan Bakhretdinov
30 years on from the dissolution of the USSR, Central Asian states are a case study in hedging and balancing between global superpowers.
Confronting China’s International Counterterror Regime: Pay Attention to the SCO
December 28, 2021

Confronting China’s International Counterterror Regime: Pay Attention to the SCO

By James Jennion
The possibility for the SCO to be used as a vehicle to promote a more authoritarian worldview can be seen in the way the language of Beijing’s counterterror policy is paralleled in SCO policy.

Mining Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Companies Encounter Increasing Conflict 
November 29, 2021

Mining Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Companies Encounter Increasing Conflict 

By Khiradmand Sheraliev
Increased conflict between Kyrgyz citizens and Chinese mining companies highlights the necessity of more careful cooperation.

Is Russia Starting to Sour on China?
October 22, 2021

Is Russia Starting to Sour on China?

By Yuan Jiang
A prominent Russian analyst thinks the high point of Sino-Russian cooperation has passed.

At 100 Years Old, China’s Communist Party Still Can’t Get Along with Its Next-Door Neighbors
June 26, 2021

At 100 Years Old, China’s Communist Party Still Can’t Get Along with Its Next-Door Neighbors

By Bonnie Girard
Central Asian governments might be cozy with Beijing, but Central Asian people continue to protest China's rising influence.
Official Hints at Challenges for Chinese Businesses in Uzbekistan
May 25, 2021

Official Hints at Challenges for Chinese Businesses in Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
The Uzbek state plays a huge role in the country’s economy, generating difficulties for foreign investors trying to operate in Uzbekistan.

Kazakhstan Bans Sale of Agricultural Lands to Foreigners
May 18, 2021

Kazakhstan Bans Sale of Agricultural Lands to Foreigners

By Catherine Putz
The land code protests of 2016 were a rare occurrence and yielded a rare outcome: a shift in state policy.
Tajikistan’s Catch-22: Foreign Investment and Sovereignty Risks
March 24, 2021

Tajikistan’s Catch-22: Foreign Investment and Sovereignty Risks

By Bob Rehorst and Wouter Kuijl
How ineffective foreign investment and corrupt state elites pose a threat to the sovereignty of Central Asia’s poorest nation.

China’s Policy Banks Are Lending Differently, Not Less
December 12, 2020

China’s Policy Banks Are Lending Differently, Not Less

By Tristan Kenderdine
How Chinese policy and commercial banks are behaving operationally in their foreign lending activities is shifting, but not necessarily diminishing.

Tracing the Chinese Footprints in Kazakhstan’s Oil and Gas Industry
December 12, 2020

Tracing the Chinese Footprints in Kazakhstan’s Oil and Gas Industry

By Niva Yau
In Beijing’s pursuit of shifting its trade and energy dependencies from sea to land, Nur-Sultan is a necessary partner.

How China Uses the People’s Armed Police as Agents of Diplomacy
November 20, 2020

How China Uses the People’s Armed Police as Agents of Diplomacy

By Bonnie Girard
An instrument of domestic repression now doubles as a diplomatic tool.
Sino-Russian Economic Cooperation in Central Asia is Not What It Seems to Be
September 23, 2020

Sino-Russian Economic Cooperation in Central Asia is Not What It Seems to Be

By Varshini Sridhar
China and Russia are partners in Central Asia, but their cooperative efforts are not as robust as they often claim.

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