Kyrgyzstan Hopes Chinese Investment Can Produce Industrial Breakthrough

by Anna Lelik When China’s top diplomat visited Kyrgyzstan last month, he heard some bold proposals. Why, Foreign Minister Wang Yi was asked by Kyrgyz economic officials during his visit to Bishkek on May 22, did Beijing not consider relocating 40… Continue Reading  

China’s Place in Central Asia

by Raffaello Pantucci China’s rise in Central Asia marks one of the most consequential changes in regional geopolitics since the turn of the century. China announced that it intended to be a major player in Central Asia back in September 2013,… Continue Reading  

U.S. Signals Greater Focus On Central Asian Security

by Joshua Kucera The U.S.’s primary interests in Central Asia are making sure the region doesn’t become a terrorist sanctuary and protecting it from Russian influence, a senior State Department official has testified. The statement suggests a shift in Washington… Continue Reading  

The Neocon-Liberal Hawk Convergence is Worse Than I Thought

by Jim Lobe Late last month, I published a post entitled “Hillary’s Foreign Policy: A Liberal-Neoconservative Convergence?” that featured the announcement of a new report by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) to be rolled out May 16.… Continue Reading  

Does Turkey See Its Armenian Minority as a Security Threat?

by Dorian Jones Members of the small ethnic Armenian community in Turkey are feeling increasingly uneasy. Their wariness is an outgrowth of recent claims by senior officials in Ankara that Kurdish rebels collaborate with Turkish Armenians, as well as the government’s… Continue Reading