Inside Central Asia


Lessons for Russia From the U.S. Leadership Crisis

It would be foolish to assume the American withdrawal from Afghanistan will be repeated everywhere else that there is a U.S. presence.

Russia May Live to Regret Betting on the Taliban in Afghanistan

Nothing remotely resembling the “inclusive government” that the Taliban have promised is likely to appear in Afghanistan, while drug trafficking and religious extremism will mushroom.

Can Russia and China Edge the United States Out of Kazakhstan?

For Kazakhstan, cordial relations with the United States are an important part of its strategy for counterbalancing Russian and Chinese influence.

Afghanistan After the U.S. Pullout: Challenges to Russia and Central Asia

The nature of the Afghan problem for Central Asia and Russia lies in Afghanistan becoming a source of instability for the region.

Does the Collective Security Treaty Organization Have a Future?

The CSTO still has a chance to prove itself—if it can demonstrate effective and coordinated work after the impending withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Is There a Place for a U.S. Military Base in Central Asia?

It was not so long ago that the United States had military bases in the region. But now much depends on whether the advantages would outweigh the inevitable losses that Central Asian countries would sustain as a result of Moscow and Beijing’s displeasure.

Are There Any Winners of the War on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?

The recent escalation did not resemble a local dispute that got out of hand. Dark clouds have been gathering over the region for a long time, and the decision to embark on military action was taken at the highest level.

Why Russia Is Hedging Its Bets in Afghanistan

Moscow doesn’t see the current Afghan government as autonomous, and is trying to strike a balance between all the different forces at play there in order to retain its influence if one of those forces collapses.

Not-So-Hidden Dragon: China Reveals Its Claws in Central Asian Security

China sees security issues in Central Asia as inextricably tied to its own domestic security concerns, and is rapidly establishing a footprint that will allow it to deal with matters as it sees fit in the region.

Dangerous Liaisons: How China Is Taming Central Asia’s Elites

Hitherto content to work with Central Asia’s incumbent leaders, China is now supporting pro-China politicians: an unprecedented intervention in the region’s affairs that is shaking the foundation of Moscow’s cooperation with Beijing there.
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