The Rise of Eurasia

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by James M. Dorsey Asian players are proving to be conceptually and bureaucratically better positioned in the 21st century’s Great Game that involves tectonic geopolitical shifts with the emergence of what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes terms the fusion… Continue Reading  

As Jihadi Trial Ends, Kazakhstan Blurs Lines Between Opposition and Extremism

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev

by Joanna Lillis Three men in Kazakhstan have received long prison sentences on terrorism charges at the end of an ill-tempered trial that supporters of the accused say was unjust and politically motivated.

Turkmenistan: A Banana Republic For Our Times

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow (Wikimedia Commons)

by Akhal-Teke: A Turkmenistan Bulletin The media environment in Turkmenistan has gotten so bad that even accessing state press is becoming more difficult. Parahat.info, a website that posts copies of the daily Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper in its original form, has now gone… Continue Reading  

Turkish Lira Casts Pall Over Caucasus And Central Asia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by Maximilian Hess The Turkish Lira two weeks ago ended one of the most turbulent weeks in its history, settling uneasily at six to the dollar. Turkey’s borrowing spree and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s insistence on low interest rates hastened the lira’s… Continue Reading  

Central Asians Cautiously Chart Course Independent of China

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev

by James M. Dorsey China’s brutal crackdown in its north-western province of Xinjiang and growing questions about the dark side of some of its Belt and Road investments is fueling anti-Chinese sentiment, prompting some countries to explore ways to chart… Continue Reading