Who Wins in China’s Great Central Asia Spending Spree?

by Sam Bhutia Cynics often ask if China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has increased trade between China and its neighbors, or if it threatens to trap participants in debt. There are myriad reasons why countries sign on to… Continue Reading  

Russia Talking with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Over Military Deployment to Syria

by Joshua Kucera Russia is in talks with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan about sending troops to Syria, senior Russian and Turkish official have said. “Negotiations are now going on, a process is being worked out so that Russian military police can… Continue Reading  

White House Proposes Slashing US Programs in Caucasus, Central Asia

by Joshua Kucera When Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited Washington in early May and met with United States President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and other senior officials, it was billed as a reaffirmation of the US’s… Continue Reading  

Debunking a Myth about Central Asia’s Borders

by Alexander Morrison Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained journalistic ignorance as Central Asia. News from what are patronizingly known as the “stans” rarely makes it into mainstream news outlets, except in connection to… Continue Reading  

Effort to Force Closure of Gülen Schools Falling Flat in Eurasia

by Elizabeth Owen As part of a wide-ranging clampdown in the aftermath of the failed July coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration has urged countries in Eurasia to shut down schools associated with the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen. But… Continue Reading