Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

Wilder Alejandro Sanchez is a researcher who focuses on geopolitical, military, and cybersecurity issues. Follow him on Twitter: @W_Alex_Sanchez.

Assessing a Possible Moldova-Romania Unification

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Historical factors may point to a union, but any path is fraught with geopolitical and demographic hurdles.

Summit for Democracy Marks Progress in Moldova Reforms

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The invitation, unthinkable in previous eras, sends a strong message of US support to President Sandu.

Kazakhstan Turns to Foreign Investment for Post-COVID Growth

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Manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, and green tech are the focus as Kazakhstan looks to move up the value chain.

Kazakhstan Moves to Ease Water Conflict in Central Asia

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A new proposal from President Tokayev takes aim at one of the most pressing, albeit often understated, issues facing the region.

TIAR 2.0: Breathing New Life into a Cold War-era inter-American Defense Treaty

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The threats envisioned by the original Rio Treaty are increasingly rare. But by reworking the text, the treaty could find new life in addressing current hemispheric issues like illegal fishing.

What Can Biden Do about the Uyghur Genocide?

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An early test for US-China relations under the Biden administration: whether or not systemic oppression in Xinjiang constitutes a ‘genocide.’

The Mulan Scandal and China’s Central Asia Problem

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Controversy surrounding Disney’s ‘Mulan’ has once again brought China’s mass-incarceration of Xinjiang-based minority groups to light.

Soldiers of Peace: A Peruvian Blue Helmet in MINUSCA

Peruvian Engineers Company (Compañía de Ingeniería Perú) , celebrates the anniversary of the Engineering service of the Peruvian Army.  Photo taken on April 24, 2020.

Discussing Peru’s peacekeeping legacy, the importance of female blue helmets, and the fate of the UN’s current mission in the Central African Republic.

In Xinjiang, Ethnic Kazakhs Suffer alongside Uyghurs

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It’s not just Uyghurs who are faced with forced ‘re-education’ in China.

US-Azerbaijan Relations: Forging Ahead in a Tough Neighborhood

CC US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Col. Gen. Zakhir Hasanov, Azerbaijan Minister of Defense, and Col. Gen. Najmaddin Sadikhov, chief of General Staff of Azerbaijani Armed Forces, to discuss the status of the relationship between the military forces of the United States and Azerbaijan at the Ministry of Defense in Baku, Azerbaijan Feb. 16, 2017. (Dept. of Defense photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Released)

The Caucasus is a region with complex geopolitics and economic interests, which is reflected in the wax and wane of US-Azerbaijan relations.

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