Sunday, May 19, 2019

Tag: Central Asia

It’s Not Just the Oil. The Middle East War and the Conquest of Natural...

Are the Wars in the Middle East and North Africa Really About Oil? The Iraq war was really about oil, according to Alan Greenspan, John McCain, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, a high-level National Security Council officer and others. Dick Cheney made Iraqi’s oil fields a national security priority before 9/11. The...

China, Russia Plan Naval Drills in South China Sea

Joint exercises follow international tribunal’s rejection of Chinese maritime claims. BEIJING - China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, the Chinese Defense Ministry said, amid heightened regional tension following an international tribunal’s rejection of Beijing’s maritime claims there. China's defense-ministry spokesman, Senior Col....

Turkey thanks Putin for unconditional support over coup attempt

Turkey has expressed its satisfaction with the unconditional support Russian President Vladimir Putin lent to the Turkish government in the wake of the July 15 failed coup attempt and vowed to speedily improve bilateral ties with Moscow after an eight-month rift. “We thank the Russian authorities, particularly President Putin. We...

Behind The Failed Turkish Coup d’eat

Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Fethullah Gulen of being the mastermind of the failed coup. Who is Gulen? What are his ties to Hillary Clinton? John McCain? the CIA? What was the effect on the Turkish coup of the Russian Bombing of IS in Syria? Why did the FSB...

What’s Behind Turkey’s Coup & Purge?

With Turkey now undergoing the largest military/governmental purge in modern history, the question of Turkey's future in terms of its domestic stability and structure is in flux and the possibilities facing the world, especially Syria, in regards to any changes of Turkish foreign policy are shaky as well. But...

SCO alignment of regional cooperation with Belt and Road Initiative – Chinese Commerce Minister

TASHKENT, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will enter a new phase of aligning regional economic cooperation with fulfillment of the "Belt and Road" initiative, on the basis of great contribution in the past, a senior Chinese official said here Thursday. During the past 15 years since...

Russia’s Perpetual Geopolitics

Putin Returns to the Historical Pattern. For half a millennium, Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities. Beginning with the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century, Russia managed to expand at an average rate of 50 square miles per...

India’s $500 Million Bet on Iran

New Delhi hopes a giant new Iranian port will help meet its energy needs — and outflank Pakistan. India's plan to spend $500 million on a new port complex on Iran's Indian Ocean coast caps a decade-long quest to find a way to get sorely needed supplies of energy. But...

India Acts East

Washington’s pivot to Asia gets all the attention, but India's pivot east will redefine regional politics. Washington’s Asia rebalance, first articulated by President Barack Obama in a 2011 speech to Australia’s parliament, has received ample attention. India’s envisioned pivot to Asia has garnered far less. Nonetheless, India’s planned pivot is freighted with significance for the country’s economic prospects,...

Eurasia Silk Road Economic Transformation

Over recent months I have often written about the potential of China’s strategic One Belt, One Road Eurasian and Asian infrastructure Great Project to act as a global economic transformer toward positive, sustained economic growth. It’s becoming clear by the day that strategic economic planners in Beijing have been...

In Odyssey for Chinese, Greece Sells Its Fabled Port of Piraeus

With the sale, China’s state-owned COSCO aims to turn a once-sleepy port into the “dragon’s head” of the New Silk Road. Beijing’s ambitions to build a modern-day “Silk Road” connecting China, Central Asia, and Europe took a big step forward Friday when Chinese state-owned shipping giant COSCO finally sealed a...

China develops continent-spanning railroad to Europe

China is pioneering a trans-continental rail service carrying cargo between the Far East and Western Europe with the aim of capturing some of the freight which currently moves by sea and air. China has the financial resources and the economic incentive to build a major transcontinental railroad service within the...

China And The Middle East – Is The Balance Shifting?

Onlookers might have been surprised a few weeks ago to see the Ambassadors of China and Turkmenistan standing side by side in the rather inauspicious surroundings of the Tehran railway station to witness the arrival of a freight train containing small commodities. This was however no ordinary freight train, but...

China is spending nearly $1 trillion to rebuild the Silk Road

Two weeks ago, a 32-container train from Wuyi, China arrived in Tehran, Iran. You might think the arrival of cargo by rail would be no big deal, but in this case you’d be wrong. This was the first journey of its kind between the two cities, and it shortened...

Changing Tides: Russia’s Growing Stronghold in the Black Sea

Just two years ago, when Russia annexed Crimea, NATO saw its tenuous, 25-year-long attempt to forge a partnership with the Eastern power dissolve overnight. Since then, to respond to Europe’s dangerous new security climate, NATO has looked to the Baltic states, where Russia has upped the game through air...

How to Avoid War With Russia

Much has been said recently about the unpredictability of Russian foreign policy, and the resulting uncertainty. In reality, Moscow’s interests are quite limited and focused on its near abroad. Understanding how Russia prioritizes its security challenges and how it assesses the security situation on its borders is a start...

Economy and Sanctions Derail Russia’s Central Asian Investments

After years of embarking on promising forays into Central Asia’s economy, Russia is being forced to pare back its ambitions. The starkest retreat of Russian money is seen in Kyrgyzstan, whose parliament voted overwhelmingly last week to cancel a deal with Russian companies to build two major hydropower facilities. The...

Turkey Hunts for Alternatives to Russian Energy

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military jet last November, Ankara is scrambling to reduce its dependency on Russian gas. But the help it needs from post-Soviet energy producers may not be swift in coming. The Caspian Sea state of Azerbaijan, Turkey’s closest ally in...

China’s New Grand Strategy for the Middle East

After decades of distance, China is moving closer to the region’s sectarian feuds — and its vital oil reserves. At the start of 2016, prospects weren’t good for what would later become one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s most consequential international tours. The January execution of leading Shite cleric Sheikh...

The Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese government with the intention of promoting economic cooperation among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes. The Initiative has been designed to...

China seeking to link Iran to its New Silk Road

Iran is arguably one of China's closest partners in the Middle East. And with economic sanctions on Tehran set to be eased, DW examines China's latest proposal to integrate Iran into its New Silk Road Initiative. Seeking to capitalize on the easing of international sanctions on Iran, China's railway authority...

Why Russia needs China to buy its weapons

Despite intellectual property concerns, Russia recently agreed to sell 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets to China - a deal worth $2 billion. But what is driving Moscow to seek deeper trade ties with Beijing? The deal, announced last week by Russian defense conglomerate Rostec, makes China the first foreign contractor...

Silk Route still has obstacles in Kazakhstan’s red tape

Landlocked nation's bid to become alternative to sea route between China and Europe is hobbled by costly and time-wasting red tape. Kazakhstan wants to establish itself as a major trading hub between China and Europe and get a share of a US$600 billion market, but it will have to drop...

Putin’s Gas Attack: Is Russia Just in Syria for the Pipelines?

Russia's belligerence in Syria has renewed debates about Russian motives. James Nixey, head of the Russia and Eurasia Program at Chatham House, and Xenia Wickett, project director for the United States at Chatham House, probably put it best in their recent article: “Why, ‘logically’, would a country buckling under...

Turkish-Uyghur Terror Inc. – America’s Other Al Qaeda

It is no longer tenable for the United States and its regional allies in and near the Middle East to claim they are backing "moderate rebels" in the proxy war raging in Syria, Iraq, and parts of Lebanon. There is the Syrian government on one side, and terrorists including...

Central Asia Battered by Currency Turmoil

Authorities in Kazakhstan have burned through $414 million over two days in an effort to halt the slide of the country’s currency, the tenge, which broke the psychologically important barrier of 300 to the dollar on September 16. But the emergency government intervention may be too late for people...

Turkey’s Self-Interest Will Ultimately Shape Global Energy Flows

Turkey sits at the crossroads between east and west. This has been a strategic advantage throughout its history, but even in the modern world, Turkey still sees an enormous benefit from being the gateway between Europe, Central Asia, and the energy-rich Middle East. Right now, Russia is racing against Caspian...

The Energy Security Dilemma of Turkish Stream

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bombshell decision in December 2014 to suspend the South Stream gas pipeline, which was to link Russia to Southeastern Europe, and replace it with a new project under the tentative name of Turkish Stream has caused more than a few raised eyebrows in Brussels. Fears that...

Why Russia’s turn to China is a mirage

On July 8 and 9, Russia hosts Chinese, Indian, Brazilian and South African leaders at the annual BRICS summit in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan. The conference takes place at a time when Russia's rift with the West over Ukraine has sparked some concerns that Moscow might turn its...

EIA: Turkey – International Energy Data and Analysis

Turkey is an increasingly important transit hub for oil and natural gas supplies as they move from Central Asia, Russia, and the Middle East to Europe and other Atlantic markets. Turkey is well placed to serve as a hub for oil and natural gas supply headed to Europe and other...

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