Asia/Africa update: April 4 2018

ASIA CENTRAL ASIA The Carnegie Endowment’s Paul Stronski looks at how Russia and China have, thus far, managed to avoid conflict over their competing interests in Central Asia. Russia has been very accommodating toward China’s Belt and Road Initiative, though to be sure it’s not like Moscow has the economic leverage to compete with Beijing. China,… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: April 4 2018

Asia/Africa update: December 8 2017

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN Russia’s neighbors, even the ones that have good relations with Moscow, are quietly adopting new military doctrines in response to Russian actions in Ukraine: Without much ado, Kazakhstan adopted a new military doctrine in September, replacing a 2011 document that had become dated. The new document states that Kazakhstan does not have enemies.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 8 2017

So what’s Putin’s deal, anyway?

The question at the heart of Russia’s ramped up involvement in Syria is simple: why? What does Russian President Vladimir Putin have to gain from throwing more weight behind Syrian dictator Mayor of Damascus Bashar al-Assad at a time when Assad’s position has never been more tenuous? Why not accept that Assad can’t come out… Continue reading So what’s Putin’s deal, anyway?