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Emil Avdaliani

The China-Russia Contest for Central Asia: Tajikistan

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This series takes a country-by-country look at the geopolitical competition between China and Russia in Central Asia.

Russia and Iraqi Kurdistan: Friends without Benefits

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Russia wants to protect its economic interests in Iraqi Kurdistan, but not at the cost of disrupting other key alliances in the MENA region.

The China-Russia Contest for Central Asia: Uzbekistan

Uzbekflag, cc Nicolas Raymond, http://freestock.ca/flags_maps_g80-uzbekistan_grunge_flag_p1126.html, Flickr, modified,

This series takes a country-by-country look at the geopolitical competition between China and Russia in Central Asia.

Backgrounder: Eurasian Union

CC Kremlin,ru, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/45787

Tracing the successes and failures of Russia’s answer to the European Union.

The China-Russia Contest for Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgflag, cc Nicholas Raymond, modified, http://freestock.ca/flags_maps_g80-kyrgyzstan_grunge_flag_p1243.html

This series takes a country-by-country look at the geopolitical competition between China and Russia in Central Asia.

Nagorno-Karabakh: Small Conflict, Big Repercussions

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Nagorno-Karabakh is one frozen conflict in the post-Soviet space that periodically melts into violence.

Russia and Belarus: Rhetorical Enemies, Strategic Partners

RussiaBelarus, cc Kremlin.ru, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/17681

This backgrounder explores the geopolitical tightrope that Belarus is walking between the European Union and Russia.

Turkey-Russia Relations: Close, but Not Too Close

PutErd, cc www.kremlin.ru, modified

Ankara and Moscow have found a common cause in the Syrian civil war, but geopolitical disagreements in the South Caucuses and beyond will thwart too close of a détente.

Ukraine Crisis: Geopolitics Dictates It Will Remain Frozen

President_Poroshenko_A142014, cc Youtube NEWS UTR,

At this point there’s only one way to thaw out the Ukraine crisis: Moscow or Kiev and its Western backers conceding on their own core interests.

SCO Expands Size, But Not Cooperation

XiPutin, cc http://en.kremlin.ru, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/49907

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization recently took in India and Pakistan, but divergent interests within the group’s membership will keep it from becoming a major player on the world stage.

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