CENTRAL ASIA AT A CROSSROADS: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

OVERWATCH: FOREIGN INTRIGUE PODCAST

The Foreign Intrigue Podcast is the product of an effort to expand the analytical content of Foreign Intrigue writers into commentary. At its nexus, ‘Overwatch’ has as its mission the highlighting of the more opinion-based internet offerings.

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CENTRAL ASIA AT A CROSSROADS: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

CENTRAL ASIA AT A CROSSROADS: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

Central Asia is once again emerging as an important crossroads in a geopolitical competition between great and rising powers, notably China, Russia and the United States. In the years following the US military invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the states of Central Asia have moved from being tangential and ancillary pieces in US national security strategy as it prosecuted its so-called war on terror to being important partners for several great and rising powers.

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TRANSFORMERS: MOTORCYCLE GANGS AND EXTREMISM

TRANSFORMERS: MOTORCYCLE GANGS AND EXTREMISM

We here at Foreign Intrigue are very pleased to present an exceptional article by Alexandra Jones on extremism and motorcycle gangs. Alexandra has been a strategic crime analyst with the police in The Hague, The Netherlands for the past eight years. Her main interest is in criminal street gangs, network analysis, and threat assessments. She has worked organized crime, homicide, and political extremism.

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Afghanistan and Central Asia: A Collective Security Problem (Part Two)

In Part One of this three-part series on Afghanistan’s growing security problems and the threat to Central Asia, I introduced the threat that an unstable or failed Afghan state poses to the five states of the region: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In Part Two (below), I outline the individual threats facing each Central Asian […]

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Afghan National Army Special Forces (ANASF) members with the 6th Special Operations Kandak practice clearing a room during a training exercise in Kabul, Kabul province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2013. The ANASF practiced squad battle drills, which trained them on clearing procedures.

Afghanistan and Central Asia: A Collective Security Problem (Part One)

In recent weeks, insurgent gains in Northern Afghanistan have led to a renewed sense of urgency about Afghanistan’s future for the governments of the United States, Afghanistan, and the states of Central Asia. Border incursions and exchanges of fire between Afghanistan-based militants and the security forces of Turkmenistan, the escalation of drug trafficking from Badakhshan Province […]

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Is War Coming to the Caucasus?

On April 28, 2015 I examined the intensifying geopolitical rivalries converging in the Caucasus for an article at SOFREP. Specifically, I explored recent signs of escalating tensions in the South Caucasus. Several indicators appear to point to a possible military confrontation in Georgia. That article is below. Earlier this year, NATO announced plans to establish […]

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Russia Signs Integration Treaty With South Ossetia

On April 3, my article on Russia and South Ossetia’s integration treaty was posted at Sofrep. You can find the article below. The original is available here. Thank you for reading. Eric Jones Foreign Intrigue On March 18, 2015, tensions between Russia and the South Caucasian country of Georgia were ratcheted upward with the signing […]

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Gagauzia: Strategic Point of Pressure

Gagauzia is a largely unknown autonomous region in Moldova. While its population is small, Gagauzia is potentially an important geostrategic piece in the ongoing conflict between Russia and the West. On March 26, 2015 the article below was posted at Sofrep.com.  On December 23, 1994, Gagauzia achieved status as a national territorial autonomous unit within Moldova. […]

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Military Modernization in Post Rose Revolution Georgia (Part One)

Below is part one of a three-part series examining the effects of the Rose Revolution of 2003, Georgia’s effort to modernize  its military, the government’s subsequent defining of new national defense strategy priorities, and how the Russo-Georgian war of August 2008 represented the first test of those aforementioned efforts under former President Mikheil Saakashvili. In […]

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Uzbekistan: Human Rights Abuses, Line of Succession, and Central Asian Geopolitics (Part Two)

On February 24th, Part Two of my series on Uzbekistan was published at SOFREP. In Part One, I examined the changing security dynamic of Central Asia generally, the changing United States policy towards Uzbekistan, and the recent military modernization efforts of the former Soviet republic. In Part Two (below), I address issues related to the […]

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