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Kazakhstan Crisis

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia

Igor Denisov: The Diplomat: 18th of January 2022 The Kazakhstan Crisis has reinforced the regional power dichotomy in Central Asia. Russia exercises security influence through its leadership in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. China’s influence is more economically focused through its Belt and Road Initiative. Whilst CSTO troops have left, Russia’s prestige in the region…

Kazakstans troubles

America must stay away from Kazakhstan’s troubles

Anatol Lieven: Responsible Statecraft: 10th of January 2022 Russia has hinted that there is American involvement in Kazakhstan’s troubles. These hints are in line with a standard Kremlin narrative that was formulated after the 2004 orange revolution in Ukraine. It posits that the US seeks regime change by interfering in Civil society. Howeverthere is no…

Ukraines route to Peace

Ukrainian neutrality: a ‘golden bridge’ out of the current geopolitical trap

Anatol Lieven: Responisble Statecraft: 3rd of January 2022 Ukrainian Neutrality may be one of the only ways left out of the current Geopolitical crisis in Eastern Ukraine. Whilst Ukraine has been tredning towards the west in recent years, it is still has many necessary reforms to conduct before it can be considered for EU membership.…

Russia’s Pivot to Asia (China) After 2014: The Wrong Turn?

Sergey Sukhankin, The Jamestown Foundation – 8 June 2021 According to this article on The Jamestown Foundation, a number of flaws in Moscow’s Asia strategy have meant their ‘Pivot to Asia’ has not gone as planned. The author states that “the much-praised Sino-Russian partnership is in many ways a one-sided deal. Since 2014, while Beijing…

Putin says Russia ready to continue peace treaty talks with Japan

Nikkei Asia – 5 June 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that “Both Russia and Japan share a strategic interest in concluding a peace treaty” and that both countries are “ready to continue negotiations”. This comes during a continued dispute over the sovereignty of a group of…

Pakistan, Russia on track to develop strong relations

Muzaffar Rizvi, Khaleej Times – 5 June 2021 Experts analysing the recent visit of Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, to Islamabad say that there is strong potential for Russia and Pakistan to develop a closer political and economic relationship if they can overcome their long-standing rivalry. Read the full article here.

Opinion: Why does everyone assume that Russia and China are friends?

Isaac Stone Fish, The Washington Post – 26 May 2021 According to this article on The Washington Post, the popular supposition that China and Russia are close friends is too simple. The author mentions a frosty history between the two nations and Russian territorial interests as reasons for Moscow to build a closer relationship with…

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…