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Testing the Taliban: Aid Distribution as a Critical Task

Security and Politics Program (SPP)

Testing the Taliban: Aid Distribution as a Critical Task

Author: Karolina Powers

Date: Oct 26, 2021

Uzbekistan will play a prominent role once again in Afghanistan as a conduit for much-needed UN aid to the country. Due to a looming humanitarian cris...


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Azerbaijan Furthers Regional Telecommunications Initiative

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Azerbaijan Furthers Regional Telecommunications Initiative

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Oct 26, 2021

Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan furthered their commitment to bolster the Digital Silk Road project at the CIS GCCM (Global Carrier Community Meeting) 2021...


Trending Headlines from the Caspian October: 25, 2021

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Trending Headlines from the Caspian October: 25, 2021

Author: Caspian Policy Center

Date: Oct 25, 2021


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High Flying Hopes of Regional Connectivity

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High Flying Hopes of Regional Connectivity

Author: Karolina Powers

Date: Oct 25, 2021

Azerbaijan has carried out its first flight in seven years across Armenian airspace. This flight was conducted by Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) on Octobe...


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China’s Coal Shortage Grants Kazakhstan Unique Opportunity

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China’s Coal Shortage Grants Kazakhstan Unique Opportunity

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Oct 25, 2021

China’s coal consumption increased in 2021 despite assertions from Beijing that it would boost green energy production and advance decarbonization...


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Afghanistan Struggles to Pay Electricity Bill with Taliban in Charge

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Afghanistan Struggles to Pay Electricity Bill with Taliban in Charge

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Oct 22, 2021

The resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan foreshadows a dark winter for millions of Afghans who rely on electricity imports from neighboring Centra...


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The 2021 German Election Could Change the Country’s Approach to the South Caucasus and Caspian

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The 2021 German Election Could Change the Country’s Approach to the South Caucasus and Caspian

Author: Miriam Friedman

Date: Oct 22, 2021

On September 26, Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) claimed victory in the election with 25.7 percent of the vote, closely followed...


Trending Headlines from the Caspian October: 18, 2021

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Trending Headlines from the Caspian October: 18, 2021

Author: Caspian Policy Center

Date: Oct 18, 2021

Azerbaijan and Turkey have reached an agreement on Azerbaijan providing Turkey additional gas. This is due to Turkey’s desire to avoid an energy crisi...


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Memoir | In vodka veritas: Diplomacy in Central Asia

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Memoir | In vodka veritas: Diplomacy in Central Asia

Much diplomatic work gets done – and information gathered – in social settings, especially when some alcohol is involved...


Caspian Policy Center Holds Discussion on Japan and South Korea’s Economic Engagement in the Caspian Region

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Caspian Policy Center Holds Discussion on Japan and South Korea’s Economic Engagement in the Caspian Region

Author: Caspian Policy Center

Date: Oct 15, 2021

Experts discussed the growing ties between the Caspian region and Japan and South Korea, and what strategies can be implemented to encourage fruitful ...


Trending Headlines from the Caspian: October 11, 2021

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Trending Headlines from the Caspian: October 11, 2021

Author: Caspian Policy Center

Date: Oct 13, 2021

Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) included Kyrgyzstan in the list of beneficiary countries of the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Tr...


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Standoff at the Border: Background and U.S. Policy Options for the Tension at the Azerbaijan-Iran Border

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Standoff at the Border: Background and U.S. Policy Options for the Tension at the Azerbaijan-Iran Border

Tension between Azerbaijan and Iran have reached new heights in recent days. Tit-for-tat military exercises along the Azerbaijan-Iranian border and in...


Unlike Its Neighbors, Tajikistan Refuses to Engage with the Taliban and Bolsters Security

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Unlike Its Neighbors, Tajikistan Refuses to Engage with the Taliban and Bolsters Security

Author: Karolina Powers

Date: Oct 5, 2021

In Central Asia, Tajikistan stands apart as the only government in direct opposition to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan....


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Strengthened Security Cooperation Among SCO Members Could Affect U.S. Economic Policy in Afghanistan

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Strengthened Security Cooperation Among SCO Members Could Affect U.S. Economic Policy in Afghanistan

Author: Miriam Friedman

Date: Sep 29, 2021

The topic of Afghanistan dominated discussions at the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit on September 17 in Dushanbe...


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Writing a New Future: Kazakhstan’s Language Reforms

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Writing a New Future: Kazakhstan’s Language Reforms

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Sep 24, 2021

When countries become independent, they often establish the language of the majority ethnic group as the lingua franca in an effort to...


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Direction During Uncertain Times: A New Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs is Sworn In

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Direction During Uncertain Times: A New Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs is Sworn In

Author: Daniel Lehmann

Date: Sep 24, 2021

On September 15, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland swore in Ambassador Donald Lu as the...


Trending Headlines from the Caspian: September 9-20,2021

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Trending Headlines from the Caspian: September 9-20,2021

Author: Caspian Policy Center

Date: Sep 21, 2021

Energy and Economy Georgian Central Bank Leaves Monetary Policy Rate Unchanged at 10% The Georgian central bank is leaving the......


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Crisis in Afghanistan Gives New Purpose to CSTO

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Crisis in Afghanistan Gives New Purpose to CSTO

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Sep 16, 2021

Over 1,000 soldiers participated in the Rubezh-2021 joint military exercises of the Collective Forces of Rapid Development of the Central Asian region...


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Rise of Taliban Means Afghanistan Could Once Again Become Hotbed for Extremism

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Rise of Taliban Means Afghanistan Could Once Again Become Hotbed for Extremism

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Sep 16, 2021

At least 170 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members were killed in a terrorist attack carried out at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International...


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Memoir: 9/11 Shifted the World In Central Asia, Diplomatic Frenzy Ensued

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Memoir: 9/11 Shifted the World In Central Asia, Diplomatic Frenzy Ensued

This story was originally published on September 10, 2021 by Eurasianet. Before instantaneous breaking news on the internet, each office...