Archive for the ‘Tajikistan’ Category

Central Asia’s Gradual Economic Repositioning

Via East Asia Forum, an article on Central Asia’s gradual economic repositioning: In 2023, the Central Asian leaders showed increased willingness to institutionalise cooperation through annual summits and unified approaches to third countries. Despite foreign policy challenges associated with the Russia–Ukraine war, water disputes with Afghanistan and clashes on the Kyrgyz–Tajik border, the focus of […]

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Central Asian Gas Pipelilne

Via South China Morning Post, an illustrated look at the Central Asian gas pipeline: US$7.3 BILLION PIPELINE Four lines are needed to feed China’s growing appetite The Central Asia–China Gas Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline system developed as an extension of an earlier pipeline begun by the Soviets when a huge natural gas deposit […]

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Central Asia: Ready For A New Energy Crisis?

Via Diplomatic Courier, a report on Central Asia where much of the region appears to be teetering on the brink of another energy crisis, with major energy producing countries experiencing electricity and fuel shortages: Despite being rich in natural resources—including oil and natural gas—and investing millions of dollars in energy and power grid, last winter […]

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The Central Asia Squeeze: What Does China Want In Central Asia?

Courtesy of The Wire China, commentary on China’s Central Asian ambitions: Illustration by Carlo Giambarresi Xi Jinping spoke slowly and carefully as he addressed the inaugural China-Central Asia Summit in May. With the flags of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan draped neatly behind him, China’s paramount leader described the need to “renew our millennia-old friendship […]

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Global Remittances Hit New Record: Fueled by Record Migration, Prop Up Autocrats

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, a report on the growing scale and importance of remittances to the developing world, which hit a record $647 billion, aiding the poor but helping keep strongmen from Nicaragua to Tajikistan in power: More people than ever are migrating worldwide, with millions of people sending home record amounts of cash […]

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Iran’s Approach to the North and South Transport Corridors: Obstacles & Future Prospects

Via Silk Road Briefing, commentary on Iran’s approach to the North and South Transport Corridors: The International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC) was established by Iran, Russia and India in September 2000, and subsequently expanded with the admission of 13 major corridor members such as Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, and […]

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