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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.
2021: Another Year of the Russian Language in Central Asia
January 03, 2022

2021: Another Year of the Russian Language in Central Asia

By Umida Hashimova
Among Russian officials, 2021 was a year of heightened sensitivity to the Russian language in Central Asia.

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.

Report: Putin Suggested US Use Russian Bases in Central Asia
September 28, 2021

Report: Putin Suggested US Use Russian Bases in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
A new Wall Street Journal report suggests that Putin offered Russian bases for the U.S. to use to monitor Afghanistan. It’s not at all clear if the offer was genuine. 

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. 

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