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Glacier Watch: China-Kazakhstan Water Conflict and the Lake Balkhash Basin

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Glacier shrinkage in the Lake Balkhash basin is set to exacerbate water shortages in an already arid part of the world, creating a potential water conflict between China and Kazakhstan.

Central Asia and Afghanistan: Helping Your Neighbor

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Exploring the role of Central Asian governments in stabilizing Afghanistan.

Sino-Russian Relations: Toward a Second Split?

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Sino-Russian relations have flourished under a mutual disdain for US global influence. But is the relationship really as healthy as it seems?

Central Asia in 2018: What’s the Future of the C5+1?

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Washington has been making minor inroads into Central Asia, but will it be enough to stave off diplomatic irrelevance vis-à-vis China and Russia?

Will an Ascendant Uzbekistan Challenge Kazakhstan’s Leadership in Central Asia?

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The rise of President Mirziyoyev to power in Uzbekistan, a country with untapped economic potential, could signal a shift in Central Asian geopolitics.

Geopolitics and Conflict Potential in Central Asia and South Caucasus

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How has Central Asia avoided the protracted territorial disputes of Ukraine and the South Caucasus? In a word: geography.

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy: Escaping Geography in 2018

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The foreign policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a textbook example that geography still matters and can, and does, influence a government’s foreign policy.

Fact Sheet: China-Central Asia-Western Asia Corridor

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An overview of the China-Central Asia-Western Asia Corridor, one of the main economic conduits envisioned by China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

The China-Russia Contest for Central Asia: Uzbekistan

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

The China-Russia Contest for Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan

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

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