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Russia fortifies Central Asia military clout before US Afghan exit

Dimitri Simes Jr., Nikkei Asia – 27 May 2021 Andrei Serenko, head of the Center for the Study of Modern Afghanistan, talked with Nikkei Asia about Russia’s military interests in Central Asia since the announcement of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. According to Serenko, “Russia is primarily interested in strengthening its military and…

Fears that Afghanistan could slip into anarchy and civil war – Roddy Gow

Roddy Gow OBE, The Scotsman – 10 June 2021 In this short article on The Scotsman, Asia Scotland Institute Chairman, Roddy Gow OBE, reflects on the large numbers of Scottish servicemen and women killed in conflicts within Afghanistan. He also considers our recent webinar ‘The Future of Afghanistan’, in which the panellists and most of…

America’s Central Asian Dilemma

Charles E. Ziegler, The National Interest – 23 May 2021 Exhausted by years of instability in the Middle East, the U.S. is removing its troops from Afghanistan and gradually disengaging from Central Asia. However, as the author of this article states, Washington must still uphold key relationships within the region to help them achieve the…

What Comes After the Forever Wars

Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy – 28 April 2021 After Joe Biden’s announcement of the withdrawal of all American troops in Afghanistan, this article on Foreign Policy by Stephen M. Walt discusses why simply ending the war is not enough, and the importance of reflection in ensuring the U.S. develops effective foreign policy within Asia…

Aggressive sea control isn’t an option for India’s navy

Abhijit Singh, The Interpreter – 17 March 2021 From sea denial to sea control, Abhijit Singh of The Interpreter details a debate among the news source’s writers of which maritime strategy India should choose to signal resolve to China in the Indian Ocean. Read the full article here.

The ‘BTS law’: are K-pop stars serving a new kind of army?

Eunice Wu, Palatinate – 14 January 2021 In a culturally progressive move, the South Korean government have passed a new law named the ‘BTS Law’, meaning K-Pop entertainers can postpone their compulsory military service. This new law comes into effect after the culture minister stressed the contribution of such performers to the Korean economy and…

No peacemakers for the new/old Caucasian war -Understanding the Armenia-Azerbaijan clash

Pavel K. Baev – Brookings A full-blown war erupted in the South Caucasus last Sunday, September 27, and as the two belligerents — Armenia and Azerbaijan — mobilize their forces under martial law, no international authority is trying in earnest to stop the hostilities. The conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region ignited 30 years ago…

What Iran Gets from the Strategic Deal with China

Sino-Iranian relations have revealed that they are about to conclude on a 25-year strategic pact. The deal will, if implemented in full, dramatically expand military, economic, and political ties between the two countries. The agreement – which is scheduled to be finalized in coming weeks – represents a landmark expansion of bilateral relations between the…