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Central Asia: Diplomatic Activities Hit High Gear near Russia’s Soft Underbelly

Since mid-December till mid-January presidents, prime ministers and foreign chiefs of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Turkmenistan held a record number of meetings, mainly in Ashgabat, some in Tbilisi and Baku...

Alexei BALIEV | 28.01.2016


 

Silk Dragon Takes Persian Road

He came, he saw, and he pocketed all the deals that matter.  Chinese President Xi Jinping’s tour of Southwest Asia – Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt – could easily be sold anywhere as your typical Chinese-style win-win...

Pepe ESCOBAR | 27.01.2016


 

Afghanistan: Mission Unaccomplished

The Afghan government has sent army reinforcements to Sangin to fight Taliban militants, who in the last two days have become close to taking control of the strategically important town. There are conflicting claims as to who is getting the upper hand. Helmand's governor, Mirza Khan Rahimi, insisted the authorities were still in control but his own deputy, Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, said Sangin had been overrun by the Taliban late on Dec. 20.

Andrei AKULOV | 25.12.2015


 

CIA-Islamic Jihadist Alliance Against Russia is 63 Years’ Old

The dalliance of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency with Islamic jihadist forces is nothing new. Today, the CIA provides weapons, training, and other support to jihadist-aligned domestic Syrian and foreign mercenary forces attempting to overthrow the government of the secular Syrian president, Bashar al Assad...

Wayne MADSEN | 11.12.2015


 

Ankara vs. Russia: Caucasus Turns into New Battlefront

The NATO allies have flatly refused to side with Turkey in its conflict with Russia. Now Ankara is urgently looking for new opportunities to boost its influence in the region and divert the Russia’s attention making it face other «fronts». Turkey has no time to lose as the relations with Moscow may deteriorate further. It makes Ankara hastily take steps to enhance its energy security, establish a coalition of Turkic states it has been fostering for a long time and complicate the situation in the Caucasus to make Moscow face more problems there...

Dmitry MININ | 08.12.2015


 

Silk Road Moving on in Times of Uncertainty

«One Belt and One Road» (OBOR) policy (or Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21 st Century Maritime Silk Road) heralding further integration of China with South East Asia, Central Asia and Russia, Europe, the Middle East and Eastern Africa is gaining renewed momentum and further international attention. Following recent attacks in Paris, Turkey, Lebanon, Sinai together with increase of terrorist activity in several countries included or bordering OBOR’s space, sophisticated technical, diplomatic and defence factors are bound to influence the initiative and its very significance...

Augusto SOTO | 23.11.2015


 

Welcome to «Erdoganstan»: Bosna Hersek to Mongolistan

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) first gained power in the parliamentary election of 2002, commentators foresaw a Turkey that would, while stressing some Islamist principles, remain a secular nation that would not interfere in the affairs of its closest neighbors and distant countries...

Wayne MADSEN | 02.11.2015


 

Afghanistan: Hot Issue on Security Agenda

With a number of major ongoing international crises, especially in Syria, the   events in Afghanistan have not gotten as much attention as they deserve. In recent months, the country’s security situation has dramatically deteriorated...

Andrei AKULOV | 20.10.2015


 

Afghanistan on Brink of New Wave of Escalating Tension

Tajik President Emomalii Rahmon, during his Aug. 2 2015 visit to the town of Khorugh, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, claimed that «extremists may try to infiltrate Tajikistan» from neighboring Afghanistan.  Dushanbe is taking steps to strengthen its national borders and to thoroughly train its military units and detachments, given the possible deterioration of the status quo in Afghanistan (IRA), where the confrontation between the Taliban and Kabul is being complicated by activity within the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) armed opposition group...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 07.08.2015


 

Islamic State joins the great game in Central Asia

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Russia, Austria to Expand Gas Cooperation

Despite the European Commission’s stern warnings, Russia’s share of European energy market will grow in the coming years. According to Bloomberg’s experts, gas exports to Turkey and the EU have reached 162.6 billion cubic meters (5.7 trillion cubic feet) this year, up from about 159 billion in 2015 and 161.5 billion (then record high) in 2013...

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