Archive for the ‘Tajikistan’ Category

Central Asia: The Once and Future Heart of Eurasia

Via Geopolitical Monitor, a report on Central Asia: In recent decades, the portrayal of the five former Soviet Central Asian states—collectively known as the “stans”—in Western media and policy discourse has often been overly simplistic, neglecting their unique identities, historical legacies, and rich cultural diversity. These nations are frequently depicted as objects in a larger […]

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The United States Tells China to Kick Rocks in Central Asia

Via East Asia Forum, commentary on U.S. efforts to diversify its supply chain for critical minerals and reduce its dependence on China by establishing partnerships with Central Asian republics, though it anticipates various challenges. In particular, China’s restrictions on gallium and germanium exports and significant economic influence in the region raise concerns. The United States, […]

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Chinese Megaprojects Back In Fashion In Central Asia’s Poorest States

Via Radio Free Europe, a look at Chinese mega investments in Central Asia: For most of the last two decades, China has been the most obvious source of foreign direct investment for the countries of Central Asia. But for the two poorest countries of the region — Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan — truly strategic investment from […]

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Tajikistan Keen to Invest at Iran’s Chabahar Strategic Port

Via Tasnim News, a report on Tajikistan’s interest in investing in Iran’s Chabahar port: The deputy transport minister of Tajikistan said her country is interested in investing at Iran’s Chabahar Port in logistics affairs. In a meeting with Iran’s Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development Ali Akbar Safaei, Shayesta Moradzadeh emphasized the interest of […]

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Gulf States And Central Asian Republics

Via Eurasia Review, an article on growing linkages between the Gulf states and Central Asia: Trade, transit and energy topped the agenda when foreign ministers from the GCC and Central Asian republics met in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, last week for their second “strategic dialogue”, following an inaugural event in Jeddah last July. The six Gulf states […]

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Central Asia’s Critical Raw Materials: The Next Frontier in Global Power Rivalry?

Via Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting, a report on the strategic position of Central Asian nations within the rare earth metals’ geopolitical landscape: Eldaniz Gusseinov of the Ibn Khaldun University’s Heydar Aliyev Center for Eurasian Studies, alongside Abakhon Sultonazarov, IWPR Central Asia Regional Director, contend that the interplay between Central Asia’s ties with the […]

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