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Tajikistan: Saudis Give Loans to Build Schools, But Why?

Saudi Arabia has pledged to fund to build 66 schools in Tajikistan...

Armenia: New Embassy Is Sign of Strengthening Chinese-Armenian Ties

China is building a new embassy in Yerevan that, once completed, will...

India, Pakistan Extend Reach of SCO to Half the World

After years of speculation about their accession, India and Pakistan have finally...

Russia Holds Military Exercises in Tajikistan -- But Why Not With CSTO?

Russia and several of its allies, including Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, are...

Armenia Nixes Pakistan’s Ties With CSTO

Armenia has blocked Pakistan from becoming an observer in the Collective Security...

Chinese PM Visits Bishkek as Embassy Bombing Remains Unsolved

China's prime minister, on a visit to Bishkek, called the security situation...

China Holds Anti-Terror Exercises on Afghanistan-Tajikistan Border

China has conducted its first-ever joint bilateral military exercises in Tajikistan, a...

Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Embassy Attack Still Mired in Mystery

It will take some time before a satisfactory line is drawn under...

SCO Starts First-Ever Military Exercises in Kyrgyzstan

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is conducting its first joint military exercises in...

SCO Investigating "Russian Traces" in Bishkek Chinese Embassy Attack

Investigators from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are working on the case of...

New Uzbekistan President to Maintain Karimov's Isolationist Foreign Policy

Uzbekistan's new president has signaled that he will continue the country's isolationist...

Central Asia: Measuring the Geopolitical Impact of the Bishkek Bombing

While attention in Central Asia in late August was fixated on the...

SCO Summit Yields More Questions Than Answers

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization's summit concluded with few concrete results and plenty...

SCO Continues To Expand, But To What End?

As the 15th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is set to...

Uzbekistan: Borders Closed for SCO Summit

Uzbekistan is reportedly closing its borders to all citizens from neighboring Central...

Uzbekistan: Iftar Banned in Mosques and Restaurants

For the first time in Uzbekistan’s post-Soviet history, the customary of breaking...

Uzbekistan: Satellites Dishes Removed Ahead of Summit

With a major international summit approaching, authorities in Uzbekistan’s capital have taken...

Uzbekistan: Students Get Early Break as Summit Approaches

College students in some of Uzbekistan’s largest cities will start their holidays...

Central Asian Land and China

One topic guaranteed to inflame passions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan is...

After Putin-Karimov Meeting, Disagreements On Afghanistan Remain

The presidents of Russia and Uzbekistan met in Moscow with security high...

Don't Worry, Russia: China's Not Starting A "Central Asian NATO"

In an apparent attempt to assuage Russian concerns, Chinese defense officials have...

China Proposes New Central Asian Military Alliance

China's plans to create a new Central Asian security bloc have raised...

Is Kazakhstan Getting Eurasian Union Blues?

Tough times for the Eurasian Economic Union are causing disillusionment among its...

With Sanctions Lifted, Iran Ready For SCO

With international sanctions lifted, Iran is ready to become a full member...

Russia: SCO Can Get Involved In ISIS Fight

As the Shanghai Cooperation Organization wraps up anti-terror exercises in Kyrgyzstan, a...

Turkey: Support for Uighurs Could Undercut Ties with China

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s state visit to China later this month...

What To Make Of Azerbaijan's Partnership With The SCO?

One of the more interesting story lines from the recent Shanghai Cooperation...

Central Asians Concerned About India, Pakistan Joining SCO

Central Asian states are eyeing with concern the planned expansion of the...

SCO Summit Provides Few Concrete Results, But More Ambitious Goals

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization has wrapped up its annual summit, and while...

Kremlin Convenes Anti-Western Gatherings

Russia kicked off three days of high-level summitry on July 8, hosting...

SCO Says It Will Reward Iran For Reaching Nuclear Deal

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization will "upgrade" Iran's status in the group if...

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Apologetic for Lopsided Election Results

The results of the April 26 presidential election in Kazakhstan offer a...

SCO Special Forces Train At U.S.-Funded Base In Kyrgyzstan

The China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization is holding joint exercises with special operations...

Uzbekistan's Dictator Grabs Fourth Term in Opposition-Free Poll

Incumbent strongman Islam Karimov has won a universally predicted landslide with over...

By Opposing SCO Development Bank, Is Russia Biggest Loser?

Reports that Russia is uncomfortable with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) stepping...

Russia: With Progress On Nuclear Program, Iran Could Join SCO

Iran may be admitted into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization this summer if...

Azerbaijan, Armenia To Become SCO Observers?

Azerbaijan and Armenia are both seeking to strengthen their ties with the...

Kazakhstan Military Exercises Against "Separatists" -- But Russian, or Uyghur?

Kazakhstan's armed forces are carrying out exercises against "separatists," citing "geopolitical shifts"...

Kyrgyzstan: Refugees From Uzbekistan Fear Tashkent’s Long Arm

Aman Sagidullaev fled Uzbekistan with his family in the summer of 2011....

Kyrgyzstan’s Uighurs Cautious, Still Fear Chinese Influence

Artik Hadjiev is a middle-aged man with a gentle face and smiling...

Central Asia: Can China’s Silk Road Vision Coexist with a Eurasian Union?

There is a good chance that economic jockeying between China and Russia...

Turkey: Is The Bloom Off The SCO Rose?

Turkey's ties to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are complementary to its ties...

What Does Adding India And Pakistan Mean For The SCO?

After last month's summit in Dushanbe, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization appears poised...

Putin Fails to Win Ukraine Consensus at SCO Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to score any major diplomatic victories at...

Tajikistan Lets Scholar Accused of Espionage Leave Country

The Tajik scholar whose June arrest on espionage charges ignited an international...

Russia: NATO Forces "Rigid Discipline" From Members, Unlike SCO And CSTO

When outsiders look at the various new post-Soviet integration projects they often...

U.S.-Trained Troops, European Planes Taking Part In SCO Drills

When the Shanghai Cooperation Organization exercises kick off August 24, the organization...

SCO Exercises To Be Biggest In Ten Years

The joint military exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will involve about...

Will Mongolia Be The Next SCO Member?

China's foreign minister has suggested that Mongolia could become the next full...

Russia and China Talk Past Each Other at SCO Pow-wow

Aside from a famously bland brand of diplomatic rhetoric, the Shanghai Cooperation...

SCO, CSTO Increasing Efforts Against Internet Threats

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization has set up a new "anti-terror unit" in...

CSTO To Cut Contacts With NATO, Increase Ties With SCO

The Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization announced on Thursday that it would...

Through CSTO, Moscow Readies For Ideological Battle With West

Russia is gearing up for an ideological battle with the West, using...

Russia, Uzbekistan Floating Plans To Create "Buffer State" In Afghanistan

As Russia, China and Central Asian countries plan for post-2014 Afghanistan, they...

China Promises Tajikistan "Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars" In Military Aid

China's defense minister, on a visit to Tajikistan, has promised the Central...

Erdogan To Putin: Let Us Into SCO!

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visiting St. Petersburg, repeated his request...

India Proposes Greater Cooperation With Russia In Central Asia

On a visit to Moscow this week, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh...

Central Asia: Can Chinese Cash Glue the Region Together?

China is striving to forge Central Asia into a streamlined conduit for...

Turkey May Be SCO "Partner," But Not Even Invited To Summit

When Turkey became a "dialogue partner" of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization last...

Atambayev, In Brussels, Gets Promises Of Stronger NATO Ties

Just days after finishing up his duties as a host of the...

Turkmenistan International Relations

President Berdymukhamedov Visited Japan...

As 2014 Approaches, SCO Role In Afghanistan Remains Unclear

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization held its annual summit in Bishkek on Friday,...

Rohani To Court Russian, Chinese Support At SCO Summit Over Iran Nuclear Crisis

Iran's new president might seem to be taking a humble role on...

Armenia Asks For Observer Status in SCO

Armenia is seeking to become an observer in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,...

Tajikistan: Water Conference Produces Platitudes, Few Concrete Ideas

Dushanbe hosted a conference on water this week, attended by some 900...

Rouhani May Go To Bishkek, But Unlikely To Focus On SCO

Iran's newly elected president Hassan Rouhani may or may not take his...

Chinese Troops Exercise In Russia, But Where's Rest Of The SCO?

Chinese troops are currently in the Ural Mountains, carrying out joint military...

A Diminished SCO Exercises In Kazakhstan

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization held its annual military exercises last week in...

Karimova, In Beijing, Discusses China-Uzbekistan Ties

Given how prolific she is as a pop star, fashion designer, philanthropist...

SCO A "Vehicle For Human Rights Violations," Says Advocacy Group

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a "vehicle for human rights violations," according...

Uzbekistan: Tashkent Says No to Foreign Military Bases and Blocs

Uzbekistan has adopted a law banning foreign military bases on its territory,...

U.S. Military Practices Disaster Relief In Kyrgyzstan

The U.S. military is conducting exercises with their counterparts from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan,...

Uzbekistan Blocks Kazakhstan's Military From SCO Exercises

The annual military exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization wrappied up today...

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

Last week, the 12th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was...

Turkmenistan International Relations

SCO Summit Adopted Final Declaration...

Behind The Scenes Of SCO Summit, China-Russia Competition For Central Asia?

The twelfth summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization took place this week...

Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

Boasting of Turkmenistan’s attempts to increase its presence in the international arena,...

Turkmenistan International Relations

Turkmenistan’s Delegation Attends Regular Meeting of Heads of SCO Member States...

Iran, Afghanistan and Washington's South Asia Dilemma

The United States is facing some interesting diplomatic choices in South Asia....

Central Asia: China’s Top Brass on Central Asian Tour

China’s top military officer, Gen. Chen Bingde, is making an extended visit...

SCO Set To Upgrade Ties With Turkey, Afghanistan

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is strengthening its ties with two countries aligned...

CSTO To Exercise In Armenia; SCO In Tajikistan (And Uzbekistan To Stay Home)

The two big post-Soviet military blocs, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the...

Uzbekistan Weekly Roundup

The European Parliament held a briefing on June 21st where civil society...