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After Pipeline Explosion, Russia Resumes Gas Exports to Kazakhstan 
March 01, 2021

After Pipeline Explosion, Russia Resumes Gas Exports to Kazakhstan 

By Paolo Sorbello
An explosion at a Soviet-era pipeline near the border between Russia and Kazakhstan shows just how intertwined the energy sectors of these countries are.

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov in Russia for First Foreign Visit
February 25, 2021

Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov in Russia for First Foreign Visit

By Catherine Putz
Russia as a first destination for a Kyrgyz president is no surprise; it’s essentially tradition.
Uzbekistan Hedging Vaccine Bets with Russian Purchase
December 21, 2020

Uzbekistan Hedging Vaccine Bets with Russian Purchase

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan launches trials of a Chinese vaccine, but purchases Russian vaccine.

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.

Contradictions Grow Amid Another BRICS Summit
November 19, 2020

Contradictions Grow Amid Another BRICS Summit

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The group has always been diverse in terms of economic, political, and security interests. Is it anything more than an ineffective talkshop?

Was the Nagorno-Karabakh Deal a Missed Opportunity for the CSTO?
November 14, 2020

Was the Nagorno-Karabakh Deal a Missed Opportunity for the CSTO?

By Janko Šćepanović
Another diplomatic win for Russian bilateralism or a missed opportunity for one of Moscow’s regional multilateral institutions -- the Collective Security Treaty Organization?

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.

How Is the SCO’s ‘Shanghai Spirit’ Faring in 2020?
September 11, 2020

How Is the SCO’s ‘Shanghai Spirit’ Faring in 2020?

By Catherine Putz
With India-China tensions at a boil, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s foreign ministers are gathering in Moscow.

Divergent Diplomatic Paths on Belarus Across the Former Soviet Union
September 01, 2020

Divergent Diplomatic Paths on Belarus Across the Former Soviet Union

By Catherine Putz
The states of the former USSR have taken divergent paths -- some congratulating, some condemning -- in response to the election and protests in Belarus.

Rosneft’s Vietnam Exit Hints at Russia Inc.’s Future in Asia 
August 28, 2020

Rosneft’s Vietnam Exit Hints at Russia Inc.’s Future in Asia 

By Nick Trickett
Moscow is going to have to toe Beijing’s line as competition and pressure from Washington ramps up.
India Cannot Rely on Russian Defense Ties Anymore
August 03, 2020

India Cannot Rely on Russian Defense Ties Anymore

By Mohamed Zeeshan
Ideally, India would exploit a split in Russia-China relations. But there’s no split to exploit and New Delhi is better off seeking strategic compatibility elsewhere.

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