Wilder Alejandro Sanchez

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

The Mulan Scandal and China’s Central Asia Problem

Chinese Guards Tiananmen Square, CC Flickr, Peter MacKey, Modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/silverback40/10732678883/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

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

Sayragul_Sauytbay,_Ele_Kazakh_Autonomous_Prefecture, cc US Gov - Secretary of State's photographer, public domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sayragul_Sauytbay,_Ele_Kazakh_Autonomous_Prefecture.jpg

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.

Business as Usual with Beijing as Uyghurs Languish in “Education Camps”

2009UyghurProtest, cc Flickr Malcolm Brown, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

World governments aren’t going to let something like cultural genocide get in the way of business.

Kazakhstan: Tokayev Shows His Hand on Domestic, Foreign Policy

KazakhstanPres, cc Flickr OSCE Parliamentary Assem, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

A series of speeches have revealed the policy priorities of the new Tokayev administration in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan’s Presidential Transition and Central Asian Geopolitics

cc Flickr United States Mission Geneva, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Policy continuity is at a premium ahead of Kazakhstan’s presidential elections.

Kazakhstan Looks Beyond Central Asia for New Trade Opportunities

Astana2, cc Ben Dalton, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Whatever new policies the post-Nazarbayev era brings, it will likely involve a continued push beyond the region in search of new economic opportunities.

Moldova’s February Elections and Regional Geopolitics

MoldovaFlag, cc Nicolas Raymond, Flickr, modified, http://freestock.ca/flags_maps_g80-moldova_grunge_flag_p1081.html

With recent elections producing a political stalemate, we can expect more of the same from Moldova’s foreign policy.

DRC Elections and the Fate of the UN MONUSCO Mission

DRCMONUSCO, cc Flickr MONUSCO Photos, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Is the MONUSCO mission on borrowed time now that it has fulfilled part of its mandate?

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