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Does the Eurasian Economic Union Have a Place in Central Asia’s Future?
December 02, 2022

Does the Eurasian Economic Union Have a Place in Central Asia’s Future?

By Ali Koseoglu
While Russian political and military influence is dwindling, does a Russian-designed economic union have a chance to survive within the changing geopolitics of Central Asia?

Weeks After Russia-Central Asia Leaders’ Meeting, Europe Comes Calling Too
October 31, 2022

Weeks After Russia-Central Asia Leaders’ Meeting, Europe Comes Calling Too

By Catherine Putz
With Ukraine in mind, the European Union is courting Central Asia, even if it means overlooking the region’s autocratic “democracies.”
CIS Gathers for Informal Summit in Russia Amid Tension, War
October 07, 2022

CIS Gathers for Informal Summit in Russia Amid Tension, War

By Catherine Putz
The informal CIS meeting in St. Petersburg coincides with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 70th birthday, but it won’t be much of a celebration.

‘Russia Is a Threat, Not a Friend’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Warns Central Asia
September 08, 2022

‘Russia Is a Threat, Not a Friend’ Ukrainian Foreign Minister Warns Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
In a press conference with Central Asian media outlets, the Ukrainian foreign minister urged the region: “don’t let Russia use you.”

Uzbek Foreign Minister Calls for Halting of Hostilities in Ukraine
March 17, 2022

Uzbek Foreign Minister Calls for Halting of Hostilities in Ukraine

By Catherine Putz
Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov gave one of the most direct refutations from a Central Asian official of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Geopolitical Ripples in Asia
March 10, 2022

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Geopolitical Ripples in Asia

By Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had wide-ranging effects across the Indo-Pacific. The hosts discuss the consequences.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Could Overturn the Strategic Balance in Central Asia, Too
March 04, 2022

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Could Overturn the Strategic Balance in Central Asia, Too

By Nima Khorrami
Putin’s push for restoring Moscow’s past glories could very well bring about its further demise: not just in Europe but also in Central Asia. 
Russia Fearmongering About Afghan Refugees
August 24, 2021

Russia Fearmongering About Afghan Refugees

By Catherine Putz
Putin is warning of “militants under the guise of refugees” in an effort to dissuade Central Asian states from cooperating with U.S. evacuation efforts.

With Eyes on Afghanistan, Russian Military Exercises in Central Asia
August 04, 2021

With Eyes on Afghanistan, Russian Military Exercises in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, Russian diplomats continue to press support for a negotiated settlement between Kabul and the Taliban, with a side of shade thrown at the Americans.

Russia’s Victory Day Guests
June 25, 2020

Russia’s Victory Day Guests

By Catherine Putz
Who showed up to Moscow’s rescheduled Victory Day parade?

St. Petersburg Blast Suspect a Kyrgyz-Born, Russian Citizen
April 05, 2017

St. Petersburg Blast Suspect a Kyrgyz-Born, Russian Citizen

By Catherine Putz
Authorities say 22-year old Akbarjon Jalilov carried out the attack. The motive has not been identified.
Eurasian Economic Union Leaders Meet in Astana
June 01, 2016

Eurasian Economic Union Leaders Meet in Astana

By Catherine Putz
Despite uneven progress, the talks focused on continued expansion and cooperation with other regional economic vehicles.

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