Central Asia

Who Will Get Their Hands on Afghanistan’s Natural Resources?

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Numerous studies of Afghanistan’s subsoil have shown that the country is rich in all kinds of natural resources. Still, despite…

Pan-Asianism of Japan in Relations with the Countries of Central Asia

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Through assessing the latest developments in Central Asia (CA), one can frequently find a discussion of the region being influenced by Pan-Turkism, in various commentaries. This is a secular nationalist doctrine actively disseminated by current Turkish authorities and it refers to the concepts about the need…

So Who is the Real Winner in Afghanistan?

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The events in Afghanistan has grabbed the world’s attention as the observers try to project not only the country’s future path, but also to determine the role main foreign actors on the world’s chessboard played in this process while seeking to answer the main question: “Who is the real winner in Afghanistan?” By all means, the answer to this question cannot be found solely…

How Long Will the Taliban Rule Last?

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The Taliban’s (a movement banned in the Russian Federation) first political steps are being watched with particular attention by the international community to determine the direction of further contacts and relations with the new Afghan authorities. Several previous claims against the Taliban have created a bad reputation of this movement that still dominates…

Why does Dushanbe Draw Widespread Attention?

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Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, has received a noticeable increase in media attention in recent reports. Numerous media covered in detail the celebration of the 30th anniversary of state independence of Tajikistan, which ended on September 9 in Dushanbe with a grand celebratory fireworks display and a colorful concert program. On September…

Failure in Afghanistan Causes US Policy Crisis in Central Asia

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In the wake of the unfortunate end of the era of US military intervention in Central Asia, closing the chapter with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, countries in the region have already begun the process of reassessing their ties with the former leading players of the region, and have started to build new schemes of common interaction in the interests of strengthening…

India and Pakistan in the Afghan Problem

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The Afghan problem keeps on bleeding. And it seems that this is not a figure of speech, bearing in mind the conflicting reports of events in the Panjshir Gorge, which could provoke a resurgence of civil strife across the country. This, along with the lack of an effective management mechanism, makes the prospect of a humanitarian disaster in a country of 40 million people quite probable (and imminent). Compared to which the world media’s replicated picture of the Kabul airport will seem like an innocent child’s prank…

Taliban Victory Potentially Strengthening Extremist Movements in the Region

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September 11 marked exactly 20 years since the horrific terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 people in America. The US leaders of that time, in order to demonstrate to the world that they were the masters of the planet, decided to urgently strike in Afghanistan to show the world their power and might. A year and a half later, they invaded Iraq…

Afghan Fighters are Not Going to Build an ‘Inclusive Regime’

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Twenty years after American troops ousted the Taliban (a movement banned in the Russian Federation) from power in Afghanistan, militants of this group announced the formation of an interim government. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid stressed that the government he announced has a temporary status, de facto, with all acting cabinet members…

Washington Makes a Key Bet in Central Asia on Uzbekistan

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Uzbekistan has always been of interest to the United States because it is a “key state” bordering all countries in the region as Zbigniew Brzezinski put it in his book “The Grand Chessboard.” With the beginning of the “war on terror” in 2001, the USA leased a military base in Karshi Khanabad in Uzbekistan. However, relations between Tashkent and Washington…

Why China and Russia May Choose to Help the Taliban Government?

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If there is one central reason that explains why Russia and China have decided to develop relations with the Taliban government in Afghanistan, it is the US inability to defeat and dismantle the terror networks that exist in Afghanistan today. Even after twenty years of fighting, the US retreated from Afghanistan without defeating the Taliban…

Yet More Afghan-related Factors Affecting the Taiwan Problem

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The worsening struggle around Taiwan, engaging the leading players in the current stage of the “Great World Game,” provides further confirmation of the well-known thesis that the popular media distort real life, which is replaced by simulacra of varying quality. The consequence of this is that what really matters is not what is actually happening…


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