The Sayragul Sauytbay case re-surfaced some questions on the status of Kazakh population in Western China and evaluated the growing China-Kazakhstan economic partnership in light of the recent developments. Mr. Aidar Amrebayev, political expert from Kazakhstan, shares his opinion in this regard.   China and Kazakhstan have strong and dynamic economic relations. Kazakhstan is one of the center points...

A safari for Wagner (by Andrey Kamakin) 13 July 2018 This piece, first published in June 2018, has been republished following the tragic death of   three Russian journalists of the highest caliber in Central African Republic. The author discusses the role of so-called “Wagner”, a private military unit now ubiquitously claimed to be on the forefront of Russian geopolitical affairs but...

"Sleeping cells" We currently witness an alarming trend when the organized terrorist groups with their hierarchy are replaced by amateur "sleeping" radical cells consisting of two or more people. They are difficult to control, as they are often formed outside the framework of an organization, as it was before. On the other hand, access to social networks and web resources creates their extensive network....

It is quite symbolic that at the opening of EXPO-2017, the president of Kazakhstan sat in between the leaders of China and Russia, two neighboring states with great ambitions. The only difference is that Beijing still emphasizes its "soft power", while Moscow prefers "gunboat diplomacy" more.   Humanitarian investments The entire previous week in Kazakhstan was dedicated to China. Following the...

Scandalous information about the desire of the Russian side (with the support of Turkey) to expand the list of its military allies in Syria at the expense of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan could have been attributed to the incident or misunderstanding, if not the alarming trends of recent years, when Kazakhstan is increasingly wanting to deprive the field for diplomatic maneuvers.   Diplomatic gymnastics...

For expansion of the military-political influence in the Middle East, Moscow wishes to use in Syria members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) which is the amorphous military block. On June 22, 2017, the Chairman of the Defense Committee of the State Duma, former commander of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov said that Russia was negotiating with Kyrgyzstan and...

It is hard to deny that the contemporary world is mainly driven by the global market forces that in turn dictate certain rules and even impose certain kind of behavior on the states in the international system. “The creation and promotion of nations’ images serve as a new form of communication among countries, marketing to the needs of the globalized economy and international politics”....

  The recent official visit of the new Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Kazakhstan turned out to be "significant" by opening a new page not only in bilateral relations between the countries but also creating conditions for unfreezing the potential for regional interaction. The geopolitical and economic motives of the first strategic steps of the Uzbek president cannot be underestimated.  ...

Putin's swift visit to Central Asia was another attempt to keep Russia's actively declining influence in the region   Good, bad, evil Out of the five Central Asian countries, Vladimir Putin chose to visit only Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Formally, the voyage was associated with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and these countries. So far, only...

Regional Defrosting  Formally, in the Concept of Foreign Policy Affairs of Uzbekistan which was adopted under Islam Karimov, Central Asia is designated as the priority of foreign policy of Tashkent. Among the most important tasks of Uzbek politics in the region was included the use of the resources of transboundary rivers. The only problem is that Karimov did not realize this issue in practice....

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