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Land-Locked Naval Defense Diplomacy in the Caspian Sea

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Land-Locked Naval Defense Diplomacy in the Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea, a body of water disconnected from the world’s oceans, has become the center of growing economic trade and naval militarization...


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ISKP Rocket Attack toward Uzbekistan Warns of Terror Threat from Afghanistan

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ISKP Rocket Attack toward Uzbekistan Warns of Terror Threat from Afghanistan

Author: Josephine Freund

Date: May 10, 2022

The Taliban regime in Afghanistan has officially admitted that militants associated with the Islamic State Khorasan Province group (ISKP) fired an ons...


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Caspian Countries Support Ukraine Through Humanitarian Aid Relief

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Caspian Countries Support Ukraine Through Humanitarian Aid Relief

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: May 2, 2022

On April 8, Uzbekistan was added to the growing number of Caspian countries dispatching humanitarian aid to Ukraine...


CPC Holds a Briefing on Trips to the South Caucasus

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CPC Holds a Briefing on Trips to the South Caucasus

Author: Caspian Policy Center

Date: Apr 19, 2022

In March and April, senior fellows, advisors, and staff of the Caspian Policy Center traveled to Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia...


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Seperatists in South Ossetia Motion Toward Russian Annexation

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Seperatists in South Ossetia Motion Toward Russian Annexation

Author: Sam Harshbarger

Date: Apr 15, 2022

In a televised address March 30, the self-proclaimed “President” of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov announced his intention to use the window of Russia’...


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STAND FIRMLY WITH THE FRONT-LINE CASPIAN-REGION NATIONS

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STAND FIRMLY WITH THE FRONT-LINE CASPIAN-REGION NATIONS

As we slog toward the third month of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked and barbaric attack on Ukraine...


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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Precipitates a Rent Crisis Across the Caspian Region

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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Precipitates a Rent Crisis Across the Caspian Region

Author: Sam Harshbarger

Date: Apr 6, 2022

Across the Caspian region, and in particular the South Caucasus, tens of thousands of migrant Russians have...


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Azerbaijan and Armenia — It’s Time to Work towards Peace

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Azerbaijan and Armenia — It’s Time to Work towards Peace

Author: Ambassador (Ret.) Robert F. Cekuta

Date: Apr 6, 2022

Recent incidents in Karabakh show both the fragile nature of the ceasefire and the absolute need for the parties to start taking serious...


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Factional Fighting in Afghanistan Threatens Central Asian Security

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Factional Fighting in Afghanistan Threatens Central Asian Security

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Apr 5, 2022

When the Taliban seized full control of Afghanistan last August, the five Central Asian republics braced for an uptick in security concerns...


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Caspian Region Receives Russians Fleeing Crackdown and Impact of Sanctions

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Caspian Region Receives Russians Fleeing Crackdown and Impact of Sanctions

Author: Sam Harshbarger

Date: Mar 25, 2022

In the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the unprecedented sanctions since imposed against Russia’s...


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China-Uzbekistan Bilateral Relations

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China-Uzbekistan Bilateral Relations

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Mar 21, 2022

Uzbekistan and China established bilateral relations in 1992 shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since then, the two countries have enjoyed mo...


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The Long-Awaited Succession in Turkmenistan

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The Long-Awaited Succession in Turkmenistan

Author: Daniel Lehmann

Date: Mar 21, 2022

Turkmenistan has a new president after its snap presidential elections. Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the son of (as of Saturday, March 19th, former) Preside...


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China-Turkmenistan Bilateral Relations

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China-Turkmenistan Bilateral Relations

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Mar 9, 2022

Turkmenistan remains the Caspian region’s most isolated country, adhering to a policy of non-interference and non-alignment called "positive neutralit...


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CPC COMMENTARY:   SUPPORT THE ENDANGERED CASPIAN-REGION INDEPENDENT NATIONS – NOW!

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CPC COMMENTARY: SUPPORT THE ENDANGERED CASPIAN-REGION INDEPENDENT NATIONS – NOW!

If there ever was a time for the U.S. government to show...


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China-Tajikistan Bilateral Relations

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China-Tajikistan Bilateral Relations

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Mar 4, 2022

Bordering China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region as well as Afghanistan, Tajikistan figures in Beijing’s calculations regarding the security situation...


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Caspian Governments on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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Caspian Governments on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Author: Dante Schulz

Date: Mar 3, 2022

Leaders of the Caspian region have met with top Russian officials amidst the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. Russian President Vladi...


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Guest Contributor: Aggrieved Russia is Endangering the World

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Guest Contributor: Aggrieved Russia is Endangering the World

Author: Almas Chukin

Date: Mar 2, 2022

What we see today in Ukraine, from a historical point of view, are the last convulsions of empire. In the post-soviet world, Russia had the option of ...


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Opinion | Ukraine knew the Russians were coming, and was ready - The Washington Post

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Opinion | Ukraine knew the Russians were coming, and was ready - The Washington Post

Russia has committed a strategic blunder and is getting punished by the Ukrainian...


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US has to up diplomacy in Central Asia and the South Caucasus now

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US has to up diplomacy in Central Asia and the South Caucasus now

Author: Ambassador (Ret.) Robert F. Cekuta

Date: Feb 25, 2022

Sanctions will not be enough to halt Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression....


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Disability Related Diplomacy: Challenges and Opportunities

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Disability Related Diplomacy: Challenges and Opportunities

Author: Ambassador (Ret.) Susan M. Elliott

Date: Feb 25, 2022

Growing up with a disabled brother made me very comfortable around persons who faced intellectual and physical challenges. In 2015 when I was serving...