Anna Gusarova: The Role and Place of Afghanistan is Being Rethought

Ermek Baisalov 06.12.18

“Peace in Afghanistan has a large international dimension, which unites the interests and positions of global and regional powers, each of which uses the “Afghan card” to strengthen its position in order to achieve certain political goals,” – Anna Gusarova, an expert in international security, director of Central Asian Institute for Strategic Studies, said.

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Andrei Grozin: Uzbekistan is a latent regional power

Ermek Baisalov 03.11.18

“Currently the country is implementing the economic reform. The economic reform needs a strong resource support. The country has no own funds to implement this reform. It needs to attract Russian, Chinese, western and any other capital,” Andrei Grozin, an expert on Central Asia, said.



Daniyar Karabaev: Problems of Higher Education in the Badakhshan Region of Tajikistan

“Today, it is a good tendency that young generation from GBAO started to choose the different professions or field of studies which are really necessary for Badakhshan region,”- says Daniyar Karabaev, professor at American University of Central Asia in Bishkek,  in  an exclusive interview for (more…)

Rahim Rahimov: Cooperation between Azerbaijan and Central Asia is far from the real potential

“The fact that both Azerbaijan and Central Asian countries are part of China’s One Belt One Road project offers additional opportunities for engaging in joint businesses and commercial activities”, – considers Rahim Rahimov, political analyst from Azerbaijan, in an exclusive interview for (more…)

P S Raghavan: India and Pakistan should not import their bilateral problems into SCO

“People say that SCO has not implemented any economic projects as all organizations. But we are saying that we will work with individual SCO countries to try to do projects”, – underlies P S Raghavan, a convenor of the National Security Advisory Board of the National Security Council Secretariat of the Government of India, in an exclusive interview for (more…)

Christopher Schwartz:  The major powers prefer establishing overlapping spheres of influence rather than competing in a zero-sum game

“Contrary to the ‘grand Chess table’ image of the Great Game paradigm, the major powers at work in Central Asia appear to prefer accommodating each other and establishing overlapping spheres of influence rather than competing in a zero-sum game”, – notes Christopher Schwartz, a journalist and academic with the American University of Central Asia, in an exclusive interview for (more…)

Regional conflicts in Central Asia: issues of identity and EU experience

Turonbek Kozokov 06.04.18

“For me, the term Central Asian region comes from the outside. In particular, Europeans see the post-Soviet republics as a single region. However, the Central Asian countries do not perceive themselves necessarily as part of a single or integral region” suggests Professor Dr. Thorsten Bonacker in an interview to (more…)

James MacHaffie: Central Asia can emerge from Russia’s shadow and make an indelible mark on the international stage

“I think there is the potential for these republics to merge from the shadows of these two giants and level the playing field if they utilize the multilateral institutions that now exist for the region, such as the EAEU, and the SCO”, – notes James MacHaffie in interview, especially for  for (more…)

Vivien Fortat: Russia and China in Central Asia are now in coopetition: cooperation between competitors

“However, the situation could evolve in case the relationship between EU and Russia warm up. In that case, Russia would have much more options for supply and export, and would see its bargaining power significantly increase toward China” – French journalist Vivien Fortat reveals the specific role and place of China in the contemporary world politics, especially for (more…)

Chubak azhy Zhalilov: Many Muslims Don’t Understand They Are Being Manipulated by Politicians

“The believers think that if a politician is close to religion, he is definitely honest, fair and not a thief, not engaged in corruption, so people vote for him during elections. If people get more literate, politicians will have to deal with it and will stop deceiving people over time,” Chubak azhy Zhalilov, a former mufti of Kyrgyzstan, said to (more…)