Category Archives: Geopolitics

Central Asian Republics Welcome New US Approach Toward Region

By: Alexander Kim, The Jamestown Foundation On November 1, the city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, hosted the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian republics, who met together with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the newly introduced C5+1 format … Continue reading

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Russian arms sales to Uzbekistani parties form alliance ahead of presidential election

Pro-Karimov parties join forces ahead of presidential vote Two of Uzbekistan’s leading political parties have formed a new coalition, the Bloc of Democratic Forces, that gives them a majority in the 150-seat parliament. Representatives of the Liberal Democratic and National … Continue reading

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Тhe largest acquisition of Chinese military equipment in the history of Central Asia.

China has reportedly provided both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with sophisticated air defense systems, which would be the largest Chinese military equipment deal thus far in Central Asia. Reportedly, China has provided one battalion each to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan of the … Continue reading

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Despite rumors about being in coma, president Karimov presented his program today at the congress

While mass media continues discussion of “president‘s coma“, 77-year-old candidate for another term of presidency presented his program for the next 5 years.

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Russia’s rouble crisis poses threat to nine countries relying on remittances

Drop in rouble value not only decimating amount sent home by workers from Caucasus and central Asia, but could lead to political unrest suggest  Shaun Walker and Alberto Nardelli in their publication in Guardian.

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Army of ISIS is growing with young Uzbeks

International Crisis group published report “Syria Calling: Radicalisation in Central Asia” stressing on important factors based on political and social situation in countries of Central Asia, particularly, Uzbekistan. It is worth mentioning that NATO also plays important role in exacerbation … Continue reading

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Karimov: Uzbekistan Will Never Join Soviet-Style Alliance

Uzbek President Islam Karimov says his country will never join any “alliance similar to the U.S.S.R.” In an apparent reference reference to Russia, Karimov told lawmakers that some countries are trying “to glorify Lenin and Stalin era of the U.S.S.R.” … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah’s Illness Ignites Conflict Among Royal Factions

Originally posted on EMerging Equity:
By Middle East Monitor Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. Photo courtesy of Middle East Monitor. No one is more capable of understanding the Al Saud than the Al Saud themselves. There are some very specific and…

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Regional Problems Ultimately Trump Ukraine as Defining Issue in Central Asia

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Paul Goble SCO Summit, Dushanbe, 2014 (Source: Astana Times) Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its intervention in other parts of Ukraine, many in Central Asia and beyond concluded that the foreign and domestic policies … Continue reading

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My 6 top geopolitical predictions for 2015

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