Central Asian Republics (CARs)

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  • The Future of Water Management in Central Asia

    The Central Asian water crisis is a product of climate change, inefficient water management, and lack of cooperation and coordination among the five Central Asian Republics.

    May 02, 2024

    Kazakhstan’s ‘Multi-Vector’ Foreign Policy Amidst the Ukraine War

    Kazakhstan has strengthened its partnerships with regional and extra-regional actors amidst the ongoing regional turmoil.

    April 27, 2023

    Ayan Singh asked: What is the significance of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)?

    Rajorshi Roy replies: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has emerged as a prominent Eurasian organisation in the last few years. Today, it has expanded in geographical reach, scope and importance. Along with its eight full members as well as dialogue and observer partners, SCO today straddles Central, South, West and North Asia. This makes it one of the world’s largest pan-regional organisations. SCO’s growing heft is reflected in it contributing 30 per cent of the global GDP and 40 percent of the world’s population.

    Turkmenistan’s Neutrality-Based Foreign Policy: Issues and Challenges

    The fluid geopolitical situation arising out of the Russian military intervention in Ukraine has added to the challenges of Turkmenistan’s leadership in implementing their stated neutrality-based foreign policy doctrine.

    July 20, 2022

    Central Asia and the Ukraine Crisis

    The Central Asian states have had to deal with significant economic and security challenges in the wake of the Russia–Ukraine conflict.

    April 27, 2022

    Iran–Russia Relations under Raisi: The Eurasian Dimension

    With the failure of moderates’ Western outreach in the aftermath of US withdrawal from the JCPOA, the conservatives, now in power in Iran, are looking for a long-term partnership with Russia which would bring stability in their shared neighbourhood, geoeconomic opportunities and also weaken the influence of moderates and reformists.

    February 24, 2022

    Looking North Towards Eurasia

    While India may not be a major actor in Central Asia yet it remains an important vector in the regional calculus of the Central Asian Republics. India’s multi-alignment should hold it in good stead in navigating the opportunities and challenges in a region which lies at a proverbial stone’s throw from New Delhi.

    January 27, 2022

    SM Krishna’s Visit to Tajikistan and India’s ‘Connect Central Asia’ Policy

    SM Krishna’s visit marks the stepping up of India’s newly pronounced ‘connect Central Asia’ policy, although the biggest challenge is convert the proposals into reality.

    July 05, 2012

    Should India Engage with NATO?

    On the face of it, India and NATO are poles apart. NATO is a military alliance. India is a non-aligned country with an independent foreign policy. Any engagement between India and NATO is, therefore, problematic.

    July 08, 2008

    Hamid Ansari’s Visit to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan

    Vice President Hamid Ansari’s visit to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan from April 4 to 10, 2008 opened up new vistas between India and the Central Asian Republics (CARs). During his visit, Ansari asserted that greater engagement between India and CAR would not only prove beneficial for both but will also help to enhance the strategic significance of the region. The Vice President’s visit has opened up new hopes for cooperation especially in the hydrocarbon sector, mainly with Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

    April 24, 2008

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