Inside Central Asia


From Fallujah to Kandahar? Avoiding an Iraqi Mistake in Afghanistan

  • David Kelm
Some say the chaos in western Iraq is foreshadowing of what awaits post-2014 Afghanistan. But Kabul knows its vulnerabilities and will not shun outside help.

The World Grew Tired of Afghanistan But Wishes It Well

The world treats Afghanistan as a doctor would treat a seriously ill child that nevertheless shows some signs of improvement. If Moscow sincerely wants Afghanistan to return to peace and stability, then it should stop looking at this country through the prism of its present relations with Washington.

Uzbek Terrorism: Myth or Reality?

Although participation of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the recent attacks on a Karachi airport is not confirmed yet, many analysts believe the IMU to be a real force that threatens the countries in the region.

Much Ado About “Sino-Russian Axis”

Russia must know that an exclusive alliance with China will incur its own cost.

The Problems for the Eurasian Economic Union Are Just Starting

Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia signed a treaty on the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) on May 29. While Russia mainly hopes to increase its political clout, all three presidents realize how many difficulties they will have to overcome.

What to Expect of the Syrian Presidential Elections?

The June 3 Syrian vote is unlikely to radically change or improve the situation in the country. Rather, Bashar al-Assad’s re-election may only worsen it.

Russia to Remain on India’s Radar Under Modi

  • Vinay Shukla
The Indian landslide victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Narendra Modi may lead to a strengthening of the strategic partnership between India and Russia.

Al-Sisi’s Job Will Be Harder Than Nasser’s

The most probable Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is actively exploiting Nasser’s legacy to establish his leadership. But whether he will be able to develop into a full-fledged national leader will become clear in the next few months.

Erdoğan’s Condolences to Descendants of Armenians Who Died in 1915: Domestic and Regional Implications

Erdogan’s statement of condolences to the descendants of Armenians murdered by the Ottomans can let Turks feel freer and more comfortable to take a more critical look at their history, as well as reduce the tension between Turkey and Armenia.

Afghanistan Presidential Election At Half-Time

The Afghan presidential elections did take place. The traditional and arch-conservative Afghan society is gradually getting used to regular democratic political instruments, although the situation in Afghanistan remains unpredictable, and the national consensus is far out of reach.
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