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Don't disrupt Uzbekistan's Russia-China balance
Asia-Pacific

Don't disrupt Uzbekistan's Russia-China balance

Tashkent is a valuable regional mediator. Washington shouldn't view it as a pawn in its game of great power competition

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Europe

Europe woos Central Asia as Russia’s appeal wanes

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell is the latest high-level Western official to visit the region, and Moscow isn't happy.

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Europe

Russia sanctions are spurring a new Silk Road

To avoid sanctions, countries are actively reopening moribund routes and creating greater connectivity across the Middle East and Asia.

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Asia-Pacific

The Karakalpakstan protests are both a history lesson and warning for the West

The tiny independent region is one of many places chafing against arbitrary borders imposed by former empires.

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Middle East

Iran sees opening in Central Asia while Russia is bogged down elsewhere

But after protests in Afghanistan and a recent knife attack against Shiite clerics, it may not be as smooth as Tehran had hoped.

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Europe

Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Iran reach gas trade deal

The agreement was presented by both Baku and Tehran as proof that their recent political crisis had been overcome. Has it?