Central Asia

Afghan-Iranian Oil Fire: The Match That Sets “Too Many” Things Ablaze!

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The oil fire which devastated the Afghanistan- Iran border crossing at Islam Qala on February 14th was widely reported. Like something out of a Chuck Norris film, hundreds of tankers carrying oil, gas and other items were set ablaze, causing millions of dollars of damage on the spot and millions more in longer term economic affects…

Life in Debt in the Former Soviet Space

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The world is standing on the edge of a very real debt pit: according to calculations of the Institute of International Finance (USA), the total world debt is approaching $275 trillion, or 365% of world GDP. Because of the high level of debt of governments, businesses, and the population, the world economy is on the brink of a massive crisis. The problems…

The New Biden Administration Intent on Repeating US Mistakes

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When Joe Biden was elected United States president in November 2020, he promised a different approach to the foreign affairs policies pursued by his predecessor Donald Trump. Those promises were generally welcomed, although seasoned political watchers urged caution. The new President had a long history of involvement…

The Public Fiasco of US Military Landing in Ashkhabad

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Central Asia occupies a very important place in US foreign policy, primarily because of its geographical location next to the largest states of Eurasia — Russia and China, which Washington has already officially begun to call its main strategic adversaries. In recent years, the attractiveness of Central Asia for the global agenda has also been due to a major…

What Kind of Game is Joe Biden Playing in Afghanistan?

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Many hopes and plans in Afghanistan were tied to the arrival of a new administration in the White House. All of them, however, have so far stalled, as has the prospect of a peaceful resolution of the conflict in that country. The Doha peace talks came to a halt because a US congressional committee did not recommend that Joe Biden rush the withdrawal of troops from…

Will there be Peace in Afghanistan under Biden?

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While it is well known that international treaties and agreements signed are not a personal contract between political leaders, but rather certain obligations between states, the United States has repeatedly shown the world that it does not care about such norms of international law. Hence the entire structure of the international legal framework, be it the international…

Tajik Taliban Members Prepare to Carry Jihad Home

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Recently, more and more often in various media reports one can find information about the increased terrorist threat to Tajikistan coming from Afghanistan. To objectively understand the emerging situation, it is necessary to recall that Afghanistan and Tajikistan have quite close relations, due to a largely common historical past, traditions, culture and religion, as well…

US is Turning Kyrgyzstan into Another Springboard for Geopolitical Conflict

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The presidential campaign has started in Kyrgyzstan among candidates for the position of head of state, and elections for that are scheduled for January 10. The presidential elections will take place under very difficult economic and epidemiological conditions for this country, and against a backdrop of a plethora…

The United States is Seeking to Take Control of the Elections in Kyrgyzstan

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Hopelessly bogged down in its influencing of the Ukrainian crisis, which did not go as expected in Washington, the United States has been actively trying to defocus Russia’s attention in recent years by organizing riots in other CIS countries. One of them is Kyrgyzstan, which is vulnerable to external interference…

How the SCO has made the US Lose Central Asian

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For decades, especially since the end of the Cold War, the US has been paying special attention to Central Asia, the so-called ‘underbelly’ of Russia. It was able to establish its military bases and penetrate the CAS through its various aid programs. Since the 1990s, a primary US interest has been to build a Central Asia that is politically and economically…

The Exposure of Australian War Crimes in Afghanistan Raises Questions the Politicians are Still Reluctant to Face

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A report issued this week after a four-year investigation into alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan has promoted a degree of outrage previously unknown with regard to the alleged conduct of Australian army personnel. While the public outrage is welcomed, it has completely avoided more…

Biden may take Afghanistan War Back to the Square One

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While the US president, fulfilling yet another of his promises, has announced to reduce troops in Afghanistan, bringing the total number to 2500 only, it doesn’t mean that the war in Afghanistan is going to end before he leaves the White House. What we see, however, is only a temporary drawdown by an out-going president, eager to reinforce his image…


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