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EU Sanctions Envoy Strikes Positive Tone in Astana

EU Sanctions Envoy Strikes Positive Tone in Astana

By Catherine Putz
Central Asia features prominently in conversations about evasion of sanctions on Russia and the possibility of secondary sanctions on the region’s economies.
Kazakhstan’s Yurts of Peace: Citizen Diplomacy in the Making

Kazakhstan’s Yurts of Peace: Citizen Diplomacy in the Making

By Zhaniya Bekshora
Kazakh citizen diplomacy can be viewed as a tool for cultivating humanism and demonstrating solidarity, as well as an important foreign policy instrument.

India Deepens Defense Ties with the West, But Criticism of Russia Remains Unlikely

India Deepens Defense Ties with the West, But Criticism of Russia Remains Unlikely

By Vladimira Lickova
Even as New Delhi seeks diversification in its defense relationships, and deepening ties with the West, India’s neutral position on the war in Ukraine is consistent and unlikely to change.

Central Asia Faces Challenges and Sees Opportunities Amid Complex Geopolitical Outlook

Central Asia Faces Challenges and Sees Opportunities Amid Complex Geopolitical Outlook

By Catherine Putz
A conversation with Temur Umarov about Russia, China, and Central Asia amid the war in Ukraine.

The Ukraine War Is About Who Will Control the Future World Order

The Ukraine War Is About Who Will Control the Future World Order

By Alexandra Vacroux
The war in Ukraine has put the U.S. and China on opposite sides of the conflict. The larger issue here, however, is about who will control the world order of the future.
Lessons From the Korean War for Ukraine

Lessons From the Korean War for Ukraine

By George Monastiriakos
Russia can’t achieve total victory in Ukraine today for the same reason why the U.S. was unable to defeat the Korean communists decisively in the 1950s: rational and self-imposed restraint.

Germany Hosts Central Asian Leaders for Summit

Germany Hosts Central Asian Leaders for Summit

By Catherine Putz
Attending yet another summit, it’s clear that diplomatic outreach to Central Asia is in high gear across the West.
Kim Jong Un’s Possible Train Trip to Russia 

Kim Jong Un’s Possible Train Trip to Russia 

By Kim Tong-hyung and Hyung-jin Kim
The trip could be like his 2019 journey: 20 hours on his armored train.

China Ponders Russia’s Logistical Challenges in the Ukraine War

China Ponders Russia’s Logistical Challenges in the Ukraine War

By Lyle Goldstein and Nathan Waechter
China is paying close attention to how Russia's logistical failures hampered its invasion of Ukraine – particularly as China will face an even steeper logistical challenge should it attack Taiwan.

Russian Military Recruitment Ads Reportedly Target Kazakhstan

Russian Military Recruitment Ads Reportedly Target Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
Russia is reportedly looking toward its Central Asian neighbor Kazakhstan for manpower as the war in Ukraine lurches toward its 18th month.

What Is Russia Teaching China in Military Drills?

What Is Russia Teaching China in Military Drills?

By Ying Yu Lin
The lesson China is most eager to learn from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: how to thwart U.S. reconnaissance. 
What Fate Awaits Russians Detained in Central Asia, Awaiting Extradition?

What Fate Awaits Russians Detained in Central Asia, Awaiting Extradition?

By Catherine Putz
In one case, both the U.S. and Russia want a Russian citizen extradited, putting the states of Central Asia once again in the middle of a geopolitical mess.

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