Central Asia

 
  • 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.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    What Is in a Prime Minister Anyway?
    Alexey Malashenko April 17, 2014

    Kazakhstan’s new Prime Minister, Karim Massimov, is “the president’s most trusted man.” If his term lasts long enough, he may become a sort of political double for President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Kyrgyzstan: When Change Confirms Continuity
    Alexey Malashenko April 10, 2014

    It is likely that Kyrgyzstan will become a member of the Customs Union. Moreover, Kyrgyzstan’s integration process with Russia was not substantially affected by the developments in Ukraine.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    The “Besieged Fortress” Virus
    Lilia Shevtsova April 8, 2014

    After the Russian annexation of Crimea, the Belarusian President Lukashenko starts creating a “besieged fortress” and mobilizing the Belarusians to defend their country from potential Russian aggression. Moreover, Kazakhstan’s President Nazarbayev may follow Lukashenko’s example. It is clear that the future Eurasian Union cannot be strong.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    No European Impact in Central Asia?
    Ann-Sophie Gast March 6, 2014

    The EU is resolutely engaging with the CIS states trying to tie them closer to the Union and create a European sphere of influence. However, in Central Asia it failed to leave its political footprint and make a difference on the ground.

     
  • Strategic Europe
    What Ukraine’s Crisis Means for the EU
    Judy Dempsey February 17, 2014

    In the struggle between the EU and Russia over Eastern Europe, Brussels needs to clarify its long-term objectives. Is EU membership an option for its Eastern neighbors or not?

     
  • 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, Carolyn Mullen, 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

Al-Farabi Carnegie Program on Central Asia

Carnegie Experts on Central Asia

  • Bayram Balci
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Program

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Togzhan Kassenova
    Associate
    Nuclear Policy Program

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

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  • Fatima Kukeyeva
    Co-director
    al-Farabi Carnegie Program on Central Asia

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

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

    Malashenko is the co-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.

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