Central Asia

Washington’s Struggle for Central Asia Intensifies

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Against the backdrop of a recent overall decline in US standing and influence due to the current administration’s policies, Washington has started to fight ever more desperately to maintain a foothold in regions of geopolitical interest. One graphic illustration of this is the US’ deepening struggle over Central Asia (CA). The US largely came to appreciate the strategic…

World is Changing, but United States Policy Retains its Dangerously Unchanged Nature

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Media commentary in recent weeks has focused on the alleged plan of United States president Donald Trump to vacate US troops from Afghanistan. Those troops, together with representatives of other countries including the United Kingdom and Australia, have been in Afghanistan since that country was first invaded in October 2001…

Withdrawing American Troops from Afghanistan – a New Challenge for the CSTO

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For many years now, there has been talk of pulling American troops out of Afghanistan, where a civil war has been raging for 40 years and substantial amounts of territory are under the control of terrorists. The US is now getting ready to carry out this project. There is one opinion that immediately after American troops leave Afghanistan…

Afghanistan: the US “War” on Drugs

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Programs by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that are geared toward decreasing the quantity of opium poppy crops in Afghanistan have, in actuality, fostered growth in production of the narcotic, states a quarterly report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that was presented to…

Okay! The US Does Not Want the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway

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If you live in the United States the mention of a country like Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan probably only registers on a subconscious “movie memory” level. Or, you assume all those countries with “stan” at the end are the same – foreign, off this world, and too far distant to matter. Unless, of course, you work in the intelligence community…

While ‘Fighting Terror’, the US Hides Its Own Terrorism

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While the US war in Afghanistan is reaching its end after almost two decades of fighting, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the US ‘war on terror’, while it fought the Taliban, did produce its own peculiar form of terrorism in the shape of war crimes and virtually unaccountable use of force on hundreds and thousands of innocent Afghan citizens. Countless…

What Future does US Envision for Afghanistan?

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Recently, US President Donald Trump has once again stated that he wished to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan. It is important to remember that a proposed timetable for the final withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan was laid out in the deal the USA signed with the Taliban (editor’s note – a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation…

Is Afghan “Peace” Crumbling Already?

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Whereas the US-Taliban ‘truce deal’ is historic in many ways, the fact that real peace in Afghanistan remains hostage to a lot more complex power dynamics than the US war has become sharply evident ever since the announcement of the deal. The Ghani administration has already rejected the part of the deal about the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners…

What Window of Opportunity does the United States Want to Seize for itself in Central Asia?

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Central Asia is still a very important region for the world’s major players, in terms of geopolitics, geoeconomics, and from the point of view of its geostrategic location. This is the arena where global and regional powers compete against each other. Almost all of today’s major players have their own long-term strategy worked out…

USA: an Inglorious Finale of the Afghan Tragedy

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Washington was all but overwhelmed by a tsunami wave of either euphoria or hysteria following the agreement reached between the US and the radical movement Taliban (banned in Russia). It is quite understandable. After all, against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s constant failures in Iran, Syria, Iraq and other countries of the Middle East, any sort of deal with the Taliban…

Afghanistan: Is A Messy War Full of Lies About To End?

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Eighteen years ago, the US led the NATO invasion of Afghanistan for the stated purpose of toppling the Taliban government and crushing the Al Qaeda forces they were harboring. Now, after more than 4,000 US military personnel and contractors have been killed, and over a trillion dollars spent, a peace agreement between the USA and the Taliban appears…

What is Trump Thinking — Peace or Chaos for Afghanistan?

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On February 28, US officials signed a peace deal in the Qatari capital Doha with representatives of the Taliban movement (banned in Russia). CNN were quick to describe the agreement as a “historic” event. Most people now believe that America’s war against the Taliban is nearing its end. We could argue that this agreement might bring an end to the military conflict, and could…


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