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Stephen Blank

Russia Claims Caspian States Reach Agreement on Sea's Status

The five states bordering the Caspian Sea have finally agreed on "all...

Turkey: Syria Crisis Causes Russian Relations to Suffer

Although Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan brought his energy minister along...

Tajikistan & Uzbekistan: A Feud that is a Fly in Central Asia’s Ointment

Persistent feuding between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan has troubling implications for the future...

Uzbekistan Weekly Roundup

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Caspian Basin: Frustration Mounting, Moscow Talks About Militarizing

Russia is upping the ante in the Caspian Sea with talk of...

Tajikistan: Rahmon Facing Pressure on All Sides

A buildup of external pressure, combined with growing internal economic stress, makes...

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Russia, China Probing for Advantage

Lately the foreign press hasn't paid much attention to the Shanghai Cooperation...

Azerbaijan: Baku Keeping its Energy Export Options Open

With the Nabucco pipeline project still stuck on the drawing board, Azerbaijan...

Iran, Pakistan Loom Large in Caspian Basin Pipeline Developments

Pakistani leaders have been moving aggressively to forge new pipeline deals. The...

Interest in SCO Membership Grows Among Observers and Outsiders

When members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization convene June 9 in Tashkent...

CSTO: Manas "important"

CSTO head Nikolay Bordyuzha was asked during a visit to Kazakhstan today...

The Implications of UN-CSTO Cooperation

Kyrgyzstan’s recent upheaval and the war in Afghanistan have obscured the fact...

Kazakhstan: Astana on Firm Footing as It Takes Charge of OSCE

Since gaining independence in 1991, Kazakhstan's foreign and defense policies have consistenly...

Eurasian Energy: Circumstances Pushing Iran and Pakistan to Link Up

For most of 2009, a pipeline deal involving Iran, Pakistan and India,...

Caspian Basin: Nabucco Moves Ahead of South Stream in Regional Energy Race

July has seen a sudden reversal of fortune in Caspian and Black...

China: Examining the Root Causes of Xinjiang's Ethnic Discontent

The early July inter-ethnic violence that hit China's western Xinjiang Province may...

Azerbaijan: Russia Is Increasingly Nervous About Its Grip on Caspian Energy

Russia is growing increasingly worried about losing its grip on Caspian Basin...

Obama Administration Must Learn Lessons of Manas

Once Kyrgyzstan succumbed to Russian pressure and unceremoniously evicted the United States...

Afghanistan: Examining the Implications of a Central Asian Supply Line for Afghanistan

The recent US-NATO negotiations with Central Asian states and Russia to establish...

Azerbaijan: Moscow Brings Pressure to Bear on Baku

Aiming to build on its military success in Georgia, Russia is bringing...

Russia is Dizzy with Success

In the aftermath of Russia's incursion into Georgia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev...

Russian President Strives for a Breakthrough Moment in Caspian Basin Energy Game

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is set to embark on a potentially pivotal...

East Asian States Strive to Raise Their Economic Profile in Central Asia

A rivalry among East Asian states is intensifying over access to Central...

The Kurdish Issue and Nagorno-Karabakh

The Kurdish issue, specifically the matter of establishing a homeland for Kurds,...

NATO: Keeping Kosovo from Becoming Entangled with Caucasus Complexities

Kosovo, specifically the impact of its independence on the geopolitical situation in...

China and Russia: The Gendarmes of Eurasia

China's crackdown on protesters in Tibet is potentially setting a precedent for...

Turkmenistan: Turning the Tables on Russia

In public appearances, Turkmenistan's leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov tends to maintain a stern...

Russian-Indian Row over Tajik Base Suggests Moscow Caught in Diplomatic Vicious Cycle

India's strategic ambitions in Central Asia are in flux after Russia reversed...

Russian-Indian Row over Tajik Base Suggests Moscow Caught in Diplomatic Vicious Cycle

India's strategic ambitions in Central Asia are in flux after Russia reversed...

Caspian Basin: A Look at the Southern Factor in the Regional Energy Equation

The Caspian Basin energy equation is growing more complex, with Iran, India...

Russia Takes a Step Toward the Formation of a Natural Gas Cartel

The bevy of energy deals that Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed...

Aiming to Reduce Russian Role in Caspian, Azerbaijan Builds Economic Ties with Asia

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's late-April trip to South Korea underscores how Asian...

Russia Reviews the Limits of Nuclear Cooperation with Iran

Russian officials seem to be redefining the limits of nuclear cooperation with...

Turkmenistan and the Azerbaijani Connection

Turkmenistan's interim leader, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, is promising economic and political continuity, even...

An Uzbek Air Base: Russia’s Newest Achievement in Central Asia

Lost in all the international attention given to Turkmen President Sapamurat Niyazov's...

It’s Time to Pay Attention to Russian Military Reforms

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, foreign analysts and governments have...

Kazakhstan Emerges as Investor Nation

Kazakhstan is quietly becoming a creditor nation. While Kazakhstan still needs and...

Bracing for Conflict: Russia and Georgia in South Ossetia

Georgia and Russia appear on a collision course over the separatist regions...

Changes in the CIS: What to Expect in 2005

Ukraine's Orange Revolution and the European Union's decision to begin membership negotiations...

Energy at the Source of Sino-Kazakh Rapprochement

China and Kazakhstan have moved rapidly over the past six months to...

Russia Mulls Measures to Check Chinese Influence in Central Asia

These are not happy times for Russian foreign policy, or for the...

Pakistan Emerges as Threat to Regional Stability

Recent religious rioting and violence in Pakistan has heightened concern about the...

Threats to America's Position in Uzbekistan Become Clear

It remains unclear who precipitated the violence that rocked Uzbekistan from March...

US Strategic Priorities Shifting in Central Asia

US strategic priorities are shifting in Central Asia, raising the likelihood that...

Saddam’s Fall Raises Fears of Terrorist-Smuggler Nexus

The US military triumph in Iraq has led to the discovery of...

Azerbaijan President Aliyev’s Health Issues Raise Specter of Succession Crisis

Over the past decade, Azerbaijan's relative stability has rested on the foundation...

The Indian-Iranian Connection and Its Importance for Central Asia

Far removed from the United Nations' debate on Iraq, two Iranian warships...

Russia and Religious Terrorism: Shifting Dangers

The late December bombing of the Russian headquarters in the Chechen capital...

Central Asia: Militarization Could Come At Cost Of Regional Stability

Uzbek President Islam Karimov was quoted by Interfax recently as telling journalists...

Central Asia Builds Economic Relations With East Asia

Central Asian states are hedging their bets in the great oil and...