Central Asia

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Russia’s Pivot to Asia: Is It Good for Russia and Is It Successful?
    Akio Kawato, Arkady Dubnov, Alexander Gabuev, Petr Topychkanov, Pavel Shlykov December 16, 2014

    Many are talking about Russia’s pivot eastward, but is it working? Eurasia Outlook posed the question to some leading experts in the field in order to gather some thoughts about the policy’s effectiveness.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    The Drivers of Russian Policy in the Post-Soviet Space
    Maxim Suchkov November 24, 2014

    As Russia and the West enter a period of prolonged mutual resentment and distrust, the post-Soviet space remains the most volatile issue in their relationship.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Turkey’s Strategy for Turkmenistan: What Is Behind Erdoğan’s Last Visit to Ashgabat?
    Pavel Shlykov November 18, 2014

    Turkey sees the acute energy market competition as an opportunity to establish itself both as an influential energy state and as a central Eurasian power. In this regard, choosing Turkmenistan as the site of one of the first state visits by the new Turkish president was not accidental.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Kazakh Concerns: Lessons From Ukraine
    Alexey Malashenko September 19, 2014

    The Ukraine crisis has betrayed fissures in the Russo-Kazakh relationship. It is difficult to predict a post-Nazarbayev Kazakh policy toward Russia, but developments in Ukraine suggest that future Kazakh leaders will have to deal with a new source of friction with the Kremlin.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    A Cautiously Happy Kazakhstan: Eurasian Economic Union Implications
    Jakob Muratov July 29, 2014

    Looking at the Eurasian Economic Union from Kazakhstan’s perspective, the EEU offers more benefits than drawbacks to the country’s leadership.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    From Fergana Valley to Syria—the Transformation of Central Asian Radical Islam
    Bayram Balci July 25, 2014

    The radical jihadi group known as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union. A little bit more than twenty years after it first appeared, this on-going transformation has made it less connected to Uzbekistan, and more to a global jihad.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    The World Grew Tired of Afghanistan But Wishes It Well
    Arkady Dubnov June 24, 2014

    The world treats Afghanistan as a doctor would treat a seriously ill child that nevertheless shows some signs of improvement. If Moscow sincerely wants Afghanistan to return to peace and stability, then it should stop looking at this country through the prism of its present relations with Washington.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Uzbek Terrorism: Myth or Reality?
    Arkady Dubnov June 11, 2014

    Although participation of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the recent attacks on a Karachi airport is not confirmed yet, many analysts believe the IMU to be a real force that threatens the countries in the region.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Much Ado About “Sino-Russian Axis”
    Akio Kawato June 10, 2014

    Russia must know that an exclusive alliance with China will incur its own cost.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    The Problems for the Eurasian Economic Union Are Just Starting
    Alexey Malashenko June 5, 2014

    Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia signed a treaty on the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) on May 29. While Russia mainly hopes to increase its political clout, all three presidents realize how many difficulties they will have to overcome.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Central Asia Pipeline to Secure Gas for China
    Wang Tao June 18, 2014 CCTV English

    While China has great ambitions in clean energy, the country is still a long way off from transitioning the majority of its power source to renewables.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Ukraine Protests Send Icy Blast Through Moscow and Central Asia
    Lilia Shevtsova December 17, 2013 euronews

    The protests in Ukraine are a warning to all post-Soviet authoritarian states that the same thing may occur at any time in their countries and are likely to serve as a pretext for the authorities in Russia and in Central Asia to tighten their control.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Role of Islam and the Radicalization of the Brothers Tsarnaev
    Matthew Rojansky April 24, 2013 CNN Piers Morgan Live

    Muslims make up around 20 percent of Russia’s population and there are disgruntled elements that are active on the internet.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Bombing Suspects’ Ties to the North Caucasus
    Matthew Rojansky April 19, 2013 CTV NEWS

    If proven to be part of a Caucasian-based jihad, the Boston Marathon bombings would be the first time Islamist actions from that region had been perpetrated against the United States.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Are the Suspects’ Ties to Chechnya Significant?
    Matthew Rojansky April 19, 2013 Fox Business News

    The Boston Marathon bombing offers evidence of the importance of Moscow and Washington sharing intelligence on security issues.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Examining Possible Chechen Links in Bombing Plot
    Matthew Rojansky April 19, 2013 TalkRadio RABC

    It is important not to assume there is a link between the Tsarnaev brothers and the motivations behind Chechen separatist or Islamist groups.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Kyrgyzstan: A Primer
    Martha Brill Olcott April 9, 2010 NPR

    Public hostility toward the Kyrgyz government escalated over the past weeks, leading to the recent street protests and demonstrations that seem to have topped the government of President Bakiyev.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    'The Stans' in Transition
    Nikolay Petrov December 17, 2009 Worldfocus Radio

    The five post-Soviet Central Asian republics—Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan—share common political, cultural, and historical roots, but they are far from homogeneous, and continuing domestic and regional tensions could lead to violent conflict.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    U.S. Examining Options to Central Asian Air Bases
    Martha Brill Olcott February 9, 2009 NPR's Morning Edition

    In the wake of Kyrgyzstan’s decision to close its American airbase the U.S. must find a Central Asian location for its logistical operations outside of Afghanistan to ensure they remain uninterrupted in case the war deteriorates further.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Ukrainian Natural Gas Dispute
    Michael McFaul, J. Robinson West January 2, 2006 NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

    Carnegie Senior Associate Michael McFaul discussed the politics of the Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute with the NewsHour's Margaret Warner and J. Robinson West, Chairman of PFC Energy.


The Fight for Influence: Russia in Central Asia

Carnegie Experts on Central Asia

  • Bayram Balci
    Nonresident Scholar
    Russia and Eurasia Program

    Balci is a nonresident scholar in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, where his research focuses on Turkey and Turkish foreign policy in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

  • Evan A. Feigenbaum
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Asia Program

    Feigenbaum’s work focuses principally on China and India, geopolitics in Asia, and the role of the United States in East, Central, and South Asia. His previous positions include deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia, and member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific.

  • Yukon Huang
    Senior Associate
    Asia Program

    Huang is a senior associate in the Carnegie Asia Program, where his research focuses on China’s economic development and its impact on Asia and the global economy.

  • Christophe Jaffrelot
    Nonresident Scholar
    South Asia Program

    Jaffrelot’s core research focuses on theories of nationalism and democracy, mobilization of the lower castes and Dalits (ex-untouchables) in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan.

  • Togzhan Kassenova
    Nuclear Policy Program

    Kassenova is an associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment.

  • Fatima Kukeyeva
    al-Farabi Carnegie Program on Central Asia

    Kukeyeva was co-director of the al-Farabi Carnegie Program on Central Asia.

  • Alexey Malashenko
    Scholar in Residence
    Religion, Society, and Security Program
    Moscow Center

    Malashenko is the chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Religion, Society, and Security Program. He also taught at the Higher School of Economics from 2007 to 2008 and was a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations from 2000 to 2006.

  • Carole Nakhle
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Nakhle is a nonresident scholar at Carnegie Middle East Center, specializing in international petroleum contracts and fiscal regimes for the oil and gas industry, world oil and gas market developments, energy policy, and oil and gas revenue management.


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