Mongolia Playing Stabilizing Role in Situation on Korean Peninsula
First, a short history lesson. According to records, the relationship between Mongolia and Korea spans 800 years. Mongolian annals from the 13th to 14th centuries mention Korea’s (at the time known as Solongos) role in Genghis Khan’s conquest of China. In the years preceding 1990, the Mongolian People’s Republic (MPR) and the DPRK cooperated on […]
No Peace Allowed in Afghanistan
Whatever hopes of returning to normal life regular Afghans have had until recently, these days those are all but dissolving like a morning mist. The so-called Afghan reconciliation summit that was to be held in Qatar has been put on the back burner indefinitely. It was envisioned as a separate event, unrelated to the direct talks between the Taliban […]
New US Ambassador to Uzbekistan – You Just don’t Wanna Know
The ever increasing influence of Russia and China in Central Asia is keeping the United States fairly agitated. Predictably enough, over the last couple of years Washington has noticeably stepped up its efforts to dominate the region through both economic and military means. In this context, the emphasis that the US placed on developing its […]
Afghan Fiasco in Washington’s Overstrained Hands
The latest round of negotiations between the United States and the Taliban reached their inglorious conclusion in the capital of Qatar (the city of Doha). Nonetheless, Suhail Shaheen, the political spokesman for the Taliban (an organization banned in Russia), tweeted, somewhat tersely, that during the sixth round of peace negotiations “some progress” had been made, and that […]
Does the EAEU Have a Future?
On 29 May Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, will host leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) at a summit to mark the 5th anniversary of this organization. The fact that this meeting will take place in the capital of Kazakhstan is quite symbolic, as the treaty to establish this union was signed in this […]
Taliban Wants to Ensure that the US won’t Try to Play Dirty Yet Again
No more than a couple of months ago the US Congress would discuss the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. Yet, in spite of an extensive amount of effort invested by the international community into the resolution of the Afghan war, the conflict stretching for now over 18 years just will not end, while the absence […]
Will Tajikistan ever enter the Eurasian Economic Union?
The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is an international organization, member states of which include Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. As the name implies, the EAEU aims to integrate Eurasian economies in an economic union work together with all its potential trading partners. The Union’s reach now extends far beyond Eurasia: it has already established […]
ISIS is Coming Back to Neck Bite Afghanistan
These days nobody is taken aback anymore by the opportunistic statements the sitting American president has been making for the last couple of years. If Donald Trump is to be believed, all of the most challenging problems the international community is facing these days can be resolved with a single stroke of the pen. Among […]
Russia and Kyrgyzstan: New Stage in Relations
On 28 March 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to Kyrgyzstan. His Kyrgyz counterpart, President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, called the trip historical. Media outlets have primarily focused on agreements, reached via negotiations between the two leaders, on the expansion of the territory of Russia’s operational Kant air base in Kyrgyzstan, and on other […]
What is Up With William Moser, the New US Ambassador to Kazakhstan
Over the past three decades post-Soviet territory has become Washington’s new playground, where the US attempts to uproot all traditional ties that bind Russia with its immediate neighbors. In the 1980s and 1990s, Washington would place particular emphasis on advancing its relations with the Baltic republics, as it was a rush to draw them away from […]
Will Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join Collective Security Treaty Organization?
It is springtime in the Northern Hemisphere. The snow is melting and the roads are becoming more and more passable, and the warmth and longer daylight hours are encouraging us to enjoy more time outdoors. With the natural world waking up in time for spring, humans are becoming increasingly more active in all spheres of […]
US Withdrawing from Afghanistan? It Lies About That Too!
Now we are being told that the US is finally getting out of Afghanistan, as has long been promised Maybe, just maybe, the forty years of conflict there will be over, and everyone who has had their say about that country might just care enough to make that happen. There is some concern that the US is […]