Caucasus - Central Asia

Central Asia’s Future: Three Powers, Three Visions

Central Asia’s Future: Three Powers, Three Visions
By Jeffrey Mankoff and Richard Ghiasy
China, Russia and the U.S. each have visions to connect Central Asia with the rest of Eurasia. During the international military intervention in Afghanistan, major powers viewed Central Asia primarily through the lens of the conflict. As the allied forces have scaled back, China, Russia and the United States have shifted their focus to the region’s economic potential.


The Next Crisis You're Not Watching: Don't Ignore the South Caucasus

 By Denis Corboy, Richard Kauzlarich, Kenneth Yalowitz

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia rarely make American headlines. But all three face incredible pressures—which the U.S. can't afford to ignore. Paris and Syria share the headlines today, but worrying developments in the South Caucasus raise alarm bells about weak governance and the risk of war.

Pluses and minuses of the C5+1 format


Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, Farkhod Tolipov
During the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2015 in New York, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kazakhstan’s, Kyrgyzstan’s, Tajikistan’s, Turkmenistan’s and Uzbekistan’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs to set up the new C5+1 format for dialogue between the U.S. and Central Asian states.

Iran sets its sights on Armenia

Author Alireza Ramezani
TEHRAN, Iran — If one thing is certain about Iran’s recent move to step up relations with Armenia, it’s that it’s for very good economic reasons. On Oct. 14, Tehran took the opportunity of impending sanctions relief under the nuclear deal signed in July to send First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri to Armenia to see about expanding bilateral economic relations.

The ISIS threat and Moscow's influence in Central Asia and the Middle East

Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, Dmitry Shlapentokh
Moscow has recently undertaken several actions aiming to increase Russia’s influence in the Middle East and Central Asia. On August 23-28, 2015, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes several members from Central Asia, undertook military exercises in Russia.

Putin’s Muslim Nightmare

Putin’s Muslim Nightmare


The Russian president’s intervention in Syria is driven by fear of Islamic extremism among his country’s own Muslim minority. But rather than squelching the threat, it’s poised to make it worse.

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