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The C5+1 Critical Mineral Dialogue: What It Means and How We Got Here

The C5+1 Critical Mineral Dialogue: What It Means and How We Got Here

by: Charley Ward

Date: Feb 23, 2024

On February 8, the U.S. Department of State hosted the inaugural meeting of the C5+1 Criti...

Kazakhstan’s New Nuclear Problem: Lake Balkhash

Kazakhstan’s New Nuclear Problem: Lake Balkhash

by: Haley Nelson

Date: Feb 22, 2024

Another landlocked lake in Kazakhstan is under threat. While declining water levels in the...

The European Union Enhances its Presence in The Caspian Region

The European Union Enhances its Presence in The Caspian Region

Foreign policy generally describes current realities and predicts what the academic expert...

China, Russia, and Great Power Politics in Afghanistan and Central Asia

China, Russia, and Great Power Politics in Afghanistan and Central Asia

by: Dawood Azami, PhD

Date: Jan 12, 2024

The Central Asian and the Caspian regions are the centers of gravity for China, the U.S., ...

Turkmenistan: Land of Stability and Business Opportunities

Turkmenistan: Land of Stability and Business Opportunities

by: Kakajan Berdiyev

Date: Jan 10, 2024

Turkmenistan has a UN-backed Neutrality status and offers macroeconomic stability. Earlier...

The Caspian Region Did Not Wait for Opportunity in 2023 What Lies Ahead for 2024?

The Caspian Region Did Not Wait for Opportunity in 2023 What Lies Ahead for 2024?

by: Dr. Eric Rudenshiold

Date: Dec 22, 2023

Perhaps the greatest indicator of change in 2023 was the accelerating speed of evolution i...

Reshaping Realities in the Caspian Region: 2023 in Review

Reshaping Realities in the Caspian Region: 2023 in Review

by: Nicholas Castillo, Meray Ozat

Date: Dec 22, 2023

In 2023, migration flows from Central Asia saw both continuity and the beginnings of a shi...

Profiles in Power: 2023 in Review

Profiles in Power: 2023 in Review

by: Nicholas Castillo

Date: Dec 22, 2023

July of 2023 saw a snap election in Uzbekistan allowing for the re-election of President S...

The Western Pursuit: 2023 in Review

The Western Pursuit: 2023 in Review

by: Samantha Fanger

Date: Dec 22, 2023

On the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, the ...

Central Asia in Focus: Kazakhstan Imprisons Citizen Who Fought in Ukraine

Central Asia in Focus: Kazakhstan Imprisons Citizen Who Fought in Ukraine

by: Bruce Pannier

Date: Dec 7, 2023

Welcome to Central Asia in Focus, a newsletter that offers insight and analysis on the eve...

French Connection: Macron’s Nuclear Deals in Central Asia

French Connection: Macron’s Nuclear Deals in Central Asia

by: Toghrul Ali

Date: Nov 17, 2023

France has shifted its gaze to Central Asia in pursuit of uranium. With its markets in Afr...

Is the United States Out of Steppe?  Addressing Central Asia’s Crossroads Moment

Is the United States Out of Steppe? Addressing Central Asia’s Crossroads Moment

by: Dr. Eric Rudenshiold

Date: Nov 9, 2023

Central Asia is a rapidly changing region.  What was unimaginable even a few years ago mig...

China’s Charm Offensive in Central Asia

China’s Charm Offensive in Central Asia

by: Meray Ozat, Haley Nelson

Date: Nov 3, 2023

During China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) forum on October 17-18, Chinese President Xi...

Strategic Connectivity: The U.S./China Competition in the Caspian Region

Strategic Connectivity: The U.S./China Competition in the Caspian Region

by: Eugene Chausovsky

Date: Nov 2, 2023

The concept of strategic connectivity has become increasingly important in shaping global ...

The Beginning of An End to the CIS?

The Beginning of An End to the CIS?

by: Meray Ozat

Date: Oct 30, 2023

On October 13, in Russian President Putin’s first foreign trip since the International Cri...

The Hidden Costs of Kazakhstan’s Engagement with China: A Decade of the Belt and Road

The Hidden Costs of Kazakhstan’s Engagement with China: A Decade of the Belt and Road

by: Haley Nelson

Date: Oct 24, 2023

China is not scaling back on its infrastructure projects in Central Asia. Despite signific...

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan Near a Border Agreement

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan Near a Border Agreement

by: Nicholas Castillo

Date: Oct 18, 2023

In 2022, fighting over the Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border killed roughly 100 people, reignit...

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan Hold Military Drills without Russia: Khazri-2023

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan Hold Military Drills without Russia: Khazri-2023

by: Meray Ozat

Date: Oct 17, 2023

Despite Russia’s recent efforts to retain its influence in the Eurasian heartland, some Ca...