Inside Central Asia

30.10.2014

Strategic Cynicism in Kobani

  • Michael Cecire
In isolation, Turkey’s actions in Iraq and Syria appear strategically myopic and potentially self-defeating, but they do accept that even an assured victory against ISIS irregulars could end up empowering the same regime Ankara has pledged to remove from power.
14.10.2014

The West Should Not Reject Russia’s Assistance in Afghanistan

If common sense prevails and the West resumes its cooperation with Russia, the consolidated response to security threats in Afghanistan will be far more effective than the current disjointed efforts by various countries.
19.09.2014

Kazakh Concerns: Lessons From Ukraine

The Ukraine crisis has betrayed fissures in the Russo-Kazakh relationship. It is difficult to predict a post-Nazarbayev Kazakh policy toward Russia, but developments in Ukraine suggest that future Kazakh leaders will have to deal with a new source of friction with the Kremlin.
29.07.2014

A Cautiously Happy Kazakhstan: Eurasian Economic Union Implications

  • Jakob Muratov
Looking at the Eurasian Economic Union from Kazakhstan’s perspective, the EEU offers more benefits than drawbacks to the country’s leadership.
25.07.2014

From Fergana Valley to Syria—the Transformation of Central Asian Radical Islam

The radical jihadi group known as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union. A little bit more than twenty years after it first appeared, this on-going transformation has made it less connected to Uzbekistan, and more to a global jihad.
11.07.2014

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.
24.06.2014

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.
11.06.2014

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.
10.06.2014

Much Ado About “Sino-Russian Axis”

Russia must know that an exclusive alliance with China will incur its own cost.
5.06.2014

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.
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