Understanding the revival of American interest in Central Asia. Debates: The new C5+1 format being established to strengthen cooperation between Washington and the countries of Central Asia could have implications for the future balance of power in the region.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) with foreign ministers of the five Central Asian states — Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan — at the C5+1 meeting in Washington, DC. Photo: EPA/Shawn Thew. Water Wars in Central Asia. By David Trilling The relations of the five former Soviet Republics in Central Asia—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—are, more often than not, defined by water.
When they were still a part of the Soviet Union, the upstream republics—Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan—which have an abundance of water, would release some from their reservoirs in the spring and summer to generate electricity and nourish crops both on their own land and in the downstream republics, which would return the favor by providing gas and coal each winter. But since the dissolution of the Soviet Union over a quarter century ago, that system has collapsed. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan now face constant blackouts and hope to build giant dams to provide for their energy needs. Kyrgyzstan completed its Kambarata-2 power station in 2010 and is building a second one, Kambarata-1, with the help of Russia. Central Asia Is Less Stable Than It Looks - Bloomberg View. Important news rarely comes from countries whose names end with "stan," but the hospitalization of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov after he suffered a stroke last weekend is noteworthy indeed.
Karimov, 78, who has run the country without interruption since 1988, has done nothing to ensure a smooth succession, and his country is probably the strongest bastion against Islamist extremism in Central Asia. "Fasten your seatbelts," Gleb Pavlovsky, a former policy adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin who is now one of his opponents, posted on Facebook after Karimov was reported dead on Monday night. The reports, which first surfaced on the Fergana News portal -- a Russian-language site that is probably the best source of day-to-day information on the authoritarian black-box state -- were later denied by the Uzbek authorities.
Un technocrate proche de la Russie nommé Premier ministre en Arménie. Karen Karapetyan appointed Armenia's new prime minister. YEREVAN , Armenia, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Karen Karapetyan was named Armenia's new prime minister Tuesday following the resignation of Hovik Abrahamyan last week.
The Armenian parliament's ruling Republican Party approved Karapetyan's candidacy on Sept. 8, and the Presidential Press Service reported Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan made the announcement, noting Karapetyan has 20 days to form a cabinet. The change in leadership comes after months of protests in the streets of Yerevan, the capital, calling for social reform. Anger over electricity costs, pension reform and increases in the cost of public transportation led to armed men overtaking a Yerevan police station for two weeks in July. They demanded freedom for jailed opposition leader Kirair Sefilian and the resignation of the government.
Moscow ‘Bypassing’ Armenia to Reach Azerbaijan, Iran and India. Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 13 Issue: 130 July 19, 2016 05:28 PM Age: 58 days Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Transit, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan , Middle East, Iran, South Asia, India (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Perhaps the most important geopolitical development of mid-July 2016 was not the continuing conflict in the South China Sea, the failed coup in Turkey, or terrorist violence in France—all of which attracted considerable international attention—but rather the quiet signing, in Moscow, of an agreement by Russian, Iranian, Azerbaijani and Indian officials to open a north-south rail line in the Caucasus.
Azerbaijan courts Russia and Iran – EurActiv.com. The Baku summit, during which Azerbaijan hosted the presidents of Russia and Iran, couldn’t have come at a better time, writes Stratfor.
Stratfor is a Texas-based global intelligence company. The balance in the Caucasus is changing.
After Karimov / L'après Karimov.