Category: Central Asia

Mikhail Mishustin attended the Russia Turkmenistan Business Forum
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia

Mishustin’s visit to Ashgabat and the Russia-Turkmenistan Business Forum confirm Moscow’s strategy in Central Asia

The recent Russia-Turkmenistan business forum attended by the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin confirmed Kremlin’s strategy in Central Asia and Moscow’s desire to deepen economic and diplomatic cooperation with Ashgabat to avoid any further external interference by the European Union, China, or the United States.

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Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan discussed resolving territorial issues

In a phone call, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon discussed bilateral relations with Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov and the delimitation of the common border necessary to resolve Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan territorial disputes which in the past have erupted in border clashes.

Tajikistan counterterrorism military exercises in Khatlon garrison
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia Terrorism

Tajikistan increases its counterterrorist readiness through military drills in Fakhrabad

Recent counterterrorism military drills in Tajikistan highlighted Dushanbe’s necessity to upgrade its readiness and expertise in facing terrorist threats inside the country and jihadist activities from neighbouring areas of Afghanistan.

Geopolitical risk Central Asia and AfPak SpecialEurasia
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 AfPak Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis

Geopolitical risk in Central Asia and AfPak: what to watch in 2023

In 2023, foreign actors’ interests, terrorism, authoritarianism, and economic slowdown might threaten Central Asia and AfPak’s security and stability and increase regional geopolitical risk.

Prime Minister of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Zhaparov and the UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri e1670930221441
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia Middle East

Kyrgyzstan and the Middle East: Zhaparov discussed joint projects with UAE

Zhaparov’s official visit to Abu Dhabi confirms Kyrgyzstan’s interest in developing an economic partnership with the United Arab Emirates and the Emirati desire to enhance its presence and influence in the Central Asian republic.

The President of Turkmenistan Sardar Berdimuhamedov
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Central Asia Middle East Monitoring & Analysis

Turkmenistan and United Arab Emirates strengthened their relations

Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s recent visit to the United Arab Emirates confirms Turkmenistan’s interest in expanding ties with the Gulf monarchies and Abu Dhabi’s desire to increase its presence in Central Asia.

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Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis

European Union and Central Asia discussed interconnectivity and cooperation

In the context of the Ukraine conflict and the Brussels- Moscow confrontation, the European Union attempts to expand its activity and presence in Central Asia by improving connectivity projects and cooperation.

US Embassy in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia United States

Kyrgyzstan wants to strengthen commercial ties with the United States

The recent meeting between Zhaparov and the U.S.-Kyrgyzstan Business Council stressed Bishkek’s desire to strengthen economic relations with the United States and attract U.S. investors in its country. Balancing among these international players could be one of the main challenges that Kyrgyzstan should address, as well as the necessity to maintain control over the population and avoid possible socioeconomic problems.

Mall in Tajikistan
Posted in Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis

Lower prices in Tajikistan: will Dushanbe face a “spiral deflation”?

Since August 2022, Tajikistan has started a deflationary process in the consumer sector to reduce the prices of goods and tariffs and stimulate the national economy.

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Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis Russia

“Central Asia – Russia” summit confirmed economic cooperation and Kremlin’s regional influence

The first “Central Asia-Russia” summit in Astana confirmed the Russian importance in the region and the Kremlin’s strategy to increase economic cooperation with Central Asian republics.

Tajikistan army during Regional Cooperation
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis United States

Tajikistan between CSTO and U.S. military support to defend its borders and domestic stability

While the CSTO military exercises were taking place in Tajikistan, Dushanbe received U.S. representatives who confirmed Washington’s interest and strategy in strengthening the security and defence of the Tajik-Afghan borders.

Tokayev Kazakhsta
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis Russia

Kazakhstan strategy between Russian alliance and Western sanctions

Tokayev’s suggestion to create an organisation in the framework of the CIS to promote the Russian language might be interpreted as Kazakhstan’s attempt to normalise relations with Russia, which were downgraded due to the Ukraine conflict and the Western sanctions.

Ethnic Russians in Kazakhstan map
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia

Might Kazakhstan face internal separatism and ethnic problems?

Recent propaganda on Telegram spread by a ‘foreign agent’ who promoted separatism in Kazakhstan highlighted possible future problems that the Central Asian republic might face since different ethnic minorities live in the country.

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Posted in Monitoring & Analysis AfPak Central Asia Russia

Russia about to boost cooperation with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Russia and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) signed the most significant deal since the Taliban movement came to power last year, confirming Kremlin’s interests in the country and Moscow’s will to become a key regional actor.

Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan borders
Posted in Central Asia Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Monitoring & Analysis

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: causes and analysis of an endless border dispute

Due to the borders drawn by the former Soviet Union with no regard for ethnic, political, economic, and cultural factors, the Central Asian countries Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have faced each other for 31 years, and the recent military escalation highlighted regional instability and geopolitical strategies promoted by Dushanbe and Bishkek.

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Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Central Asia Middle East Monitoring & Analysis

Iran’s interests and strategy in Central Asia

Over the years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has consolidated its relations with the countries of Central Asia, exploiting either the Persian common ethnic-cultural element or proposing itself as a logistic hub for the energy sector and trade corridors.

Emomali Rahmon the President of Tajikistan
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia China

Tajikistan and China discussed economic, political and security cooperation

Tajikistan and China discussed economic, political and regional security cooperation, confirming Beijing’s rising role in Tajik local dynamics and Central Asia at the expense of Moscow’s regional strategy.

Tajik Afghan borders where Tehrik e Taliban Tajikistan might operate SpecialEurasia
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia Terrorism

Tehrik-e Taliban Tajikistan and terrorist threat in Tajikistan and Central Asia

The establishment of Tehrik-e Taliban Tajikistan (TTT) alarmed Dushanbe Government. It highlighted how the security situation in Central Asia linked with Afghanistan has deteriorated since the Taliban took power in Kabul in August 2021.

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Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia Terrorism

Central Asian republics between socio-economic projects, popular protests, terrorist threats and the Afghan dilemma

Central Asian republics want to establish solid regional cooperation to promote socio-economic projects to stabilise the area and contrast rising problems such as widespread disappointment and protests, terrorist threats and security issues related to the current situation in Afghanistan.

Kassym Jomart Tokayev and Vladimir Putin
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis Russia

The Kazakhstan energy politics: is oil diversification a geopolitical conundrum?

In a world of growing polarity, Kazakhstan has been attempting to portray itself as a bridge connecting the East and the West. However, the so-called Russian “special operation” in Ukraine has forced the Central Asian nation to distance itself gradually from Moscow.

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Posted in Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis Terrorism

The number of terrorists and extremists has increased in Tajikistan

In Tajikistan, local security forces and authorities emphasised the rising threat of terrorism and extremism in the country in the last six months, confirming that terrorist organisations such as the Islamic State have been able to exploit local disappointment and the unresolved issues that in Gorno-Badakhshan.

Karakalpakstan map and main cities
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia

Mass riots and protests in the Uzbek autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan

Protests in the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan against proposed amendments to the Constitution of Uzbekistan raised the question of Karakalpak’s complete independence from the Uzbek central government.

Kassym Jomart Tokayev
Posted in Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis

Tokaev’s new Kazakhstan: the dawn of the “Second Republic”?

The constitutional referendum in Kazakhstan marked a historical event aimed at consolidating the final transition from a super-presidential form of government to a presidential republic with an influential parliament and an accountable government.

Iran and Tajiksitan flags
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Central Asia Middle East Monitoring & Analysis

Iran and Tajikistan expanded their cooperation in different fields

Iran and Tajikistan marked a significant step in their bilateral relations after the meeting of the Iranian and Tajik presidents and the signing of 16 cooperation agreements which stressed Tehran’s cultural diplomacy in Central Asia and Dushanbe’s attempt to diversify its foreign partners.

Italy and Uzbekistan meeting
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis

Italy intensifies its relations with Uzbekistan and promotes its strategy in Central Asia

Italy recently discussed further cooperation with Uzbekistan, showing Rome’s attempt to play a more influential role in Central Asia by being engaged in a strategic market where Italian companies might export their know-how and products while the Italian authorities might diversify trade and energy imports.

Meeting Kazakhstan Embassy
Posted in SpecialEurasia News Central Asia

SpecialEurasia attended a round table on constitutional reforms in Kazakhstan

As part of the SpecialEurasia project “Geopolitika Evrazija”, we attended a round table at the Kazakh embassy in Rome to get acquainted with the constitutional reforms and the upcoming referendum that will be held in Kazakhstan on June 5th, 2022.

Khorug Airport
Posted in Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Central Asia Monitoring & Analysis

Political tensions and security threats in Tajikistan

Recent clashes in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, border security problems with Afghanistan and the last Islamic State terrorist attack have underlined the problematic situation that Tajikistan needs to manage to guarantee national stability and security.