Tag: Central Asia

China s Central Asia Problem Not Unidimensional:ICG

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, China and its Central Asian neighbours have developed a close relationship, initially economic but increasingly also political and security. Energy, precious metals, and other natural resources flow into China from the region. Investment flows the other way, as China builds pipelines, power lines and transport networks linking Central Asia to its north-western province, the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Cheap consumer goods from the province have flooded Central Asian markets. Regional elites and governments receive generous funding from Beijing, discreet diplomatic support if Russia becomes too demanding and warm expressions of solidarity at a

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Militancy in Central Asia: More Than Religious Extremism

By Eugene Chausovsky, STRATFOR Since 2010, Central Asia has become increasingly volatile, a trend many have attributed to a rise in militant Islamism. Militancy has indeed risen since 2010, but the notion that militant Islamists primarily are responsible for Central Asia’s volatility is shortsighted because it ignores other political and economic dynamics at play in the region. But if these dynamics, not jihadist designs, inspired much of the region’s recent militant activity, the impending U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 could put Central Asia at greater risk for militant Islamism in the future. Combined with upcoming leadership changes in several

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Karzai unviels his vision of South Asia

New Delhi: The Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday, Oct 5, unveiled his vision of the future of Afghanistan and South Asia. Delivering the third R.K. Mishra Memorial Lecture here, Karzai who signed an agreement on  strategic partnership with India at his summit with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said Asia has a great potential for development and growth. He suggested the “European Model” to achieve this potential. Karzai expressed confidence that if Europe which had much deeper conflicts in history than that of Asia could harness its potential, South Aaisa too can achieve the miracle. The R.K. Mishra Memorial Lecture

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Tajikistan Security Sweeps and the Possible Return of the IMU

By Eugene Chausovsky, Stratfor Tajikistan’s military continues to conduct security sweeps in the Rasht Valley in the eastern part of the country to catch roughly two dozen high-profile Islamist militants who escaped from a Dushanbe prison in August. The chairman of Tajikistan’s State National Security Committee announced Nov. 9 that these special operations have been successful and would soon be completed. However, the Tajik military has announced it will retain its presence there, and the Defense Ministry is setting up special training centers from which to base operations into the mountainous region surrounding the Rasht Valley. These security sweeps began

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