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Russia to Hold Military Drills Near Afghan Border in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan 
July 21, 2021

Russia to Hold Military Drills Near Afghan Border in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan 

By Catherine Putz
Moscow is also reported to be open to some kind of cooperation with the U.S., though far short of American bases in Central Asia.

Tajikistan Asks CSTO for Assistance on the Afghan Border
July 08, 2021

Tajikistan Asks CSTO for Assistance on the Afghan Border

By Catherine Putz
With Afghan forces fleeing into Tajikistan and the Taliban managing a border crossing, Dushanbe has reportedly called on its CSTO partners for aid.
Russian Foreign Minister Finally Responds to Kazakh Sovereignty Worries
May 11, 2021

Russian Foreign Minister Finally Responds to Kazakh Sovereignty Worries

By Alimana Zhanmukanova
Five months after controversial comments regarding Kazakh territory, Lavrov dismisses them as coming from deputies “chasing after sensations.”

What’s Russia’s Aim in Afghanistan?
December 05, 2020

What’s Russia’s Aim in Afghanistan?

By Nodirjon Kirgizbaev
The Russian presence in Central Asia, predicated on the threats from Afghanistan, stymies the political and economic development of the region.

Does Russia Have a Role in the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Project?
October 06, 2020

Does Russia Have a Role in the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Project?

By Umida Hashimova
In September, Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov again mentioned Russia’s participation in the long-delayed project.

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.

Post-COVID, China Set to Gain in Central Asia
July 29, 2020

Post-COVID, China Set to Gain in Central Asia

By Aleksey Asiryan
Beijing is well positioned to continue growing its influence in Central Asia, though some challenges remain ahead.
What Are the Implications of China’s Growing Security Role in Central Asia?
June 03, 2020

What Are the Implications of China’s Growing Security Role in Central Asia?

By Ian J.Lynch
China’s rise in Central Asia has been swift. 

Can Uzbekistan Put the Uzbek Language First?
May 19, 2020

Can Uzbekistan Put the Uzbek Language First?

By Umida Hashimova
Moscow made an unprecedented comment in defense of the Russian language in Uzbekistan.

20 Years of Russia’s Institutionalism in Eurasia
December 26, 2019

20 Years of Russia’s Institutionalism in Eurasia

By Janko Šćepanović
What is Russia trying to accomplish with the CSTO, SCO, and EAEU?

Cooperation, Co-existence or Clash? China and Russia’s Ambitions in Central Asia
November 08, 2019

Cooperation, Co-existence or Clash? China and Russia’s Ambitions in Central Asia

By Benno Zogg
The two powers’ approaches to Central Asia may be a good indicator of their current partnership and future relations.
Russia's Anti-Drug Crusade in Afghanistan
December 28, 2017

Russia's Anti-Drug Crusade in Afghanistan

By Samuel Ramani
Russia, believing U.S. efforts are failing, is stepping up its war on drug trafficking.

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