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Governed by an authoritarian regime Kazakhstan has been making efforts to modernise and has been searching for new development models free of Soviet legacy.
For several years Georgia has been experiencing processes which may be interpreted as symptoms of a deepening social and political crisis.
Islam in the former USSR and the phenomenon of the post-Soviet militants in Syria and Iraq.
The crisis in EU-Russia relations over Ukraine has made the two players interested in the Southern Gas Corridor once again.
The end of the Western military presence in Central Asia will mean the West’s influence on the security sphere in the region will be marginalised.
Since the collapse of the USSR, Russian influence in Central Asia has undergone a far-reaching erosion. The process is unlikely to be reversed.
Radical Islamic militants from Central Asia have ceased to be a local phenomenon. They have become a kind of ‘jihad academy’.
The collapse of the USSR brought about conditions conducive to the dynamic development of relations between Central Asia and China. These relations have evolved from deep mistrust to the continually growing Chinese presence primarily in…
In 2009, Vladimir Putin, the then Russian prime minister, gave impetus to the establishment of closer relations within what was then a still narrow group of three countries: Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Close co-operation is expected…
Since its 'Rose Revolution' of 2003, Georgia has become the most spectacular example in the CIS of the export of a Western economic policy model: an example of success in building up efficient state structures, a state which was not…