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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Uzbekistan: U.S. Policy and the Changing Security Landscape of Central Asia (Part One)

Below is Part One of a two part series on Uzbekistan. In this series (originally published at Sofrep.com), I address the Central Asian security landscape, United States policy changes towards Uzbekistan, the country’s military modernization efforts (including military hardware and arms sales), the regime’s history of human rights abuses, security threats, and the potential line of succession to […]

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Georgian Government: Instability in Tbilisi?

In the article below, published at Sofrep on December 6, I explore recent resignations and instability in Georgia’s national government amid growing concerns that the government in Tbilisi is increasingly unstable and susceptible to Russian aggression. In the article, I examine the recent instability wracking the government of Georgia and look ahead to possible outcomes for […]

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Moldova and Transnistria

On November 30, I wrote my first article on Moldova, titled Fracture Points: Moldova (Transnistria). In the article, I outlined recent parliamentary elections in Moldova, separatism in Transnistria, and the impact of both issues on on the security and political environment of Europe. On December 4, the companion piece to that first article was published at Sofrep. […]

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Georgia: Another War on the Horizon?

On February 3, I wrote an article that addressed several recent issues and events related to Georgia. Specifically, I outlined Russia’s ongoing effort to exacerbate the rift between the Georgian government in Tbilisi and Georgia’s breakaway territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The article, posted at Sofrep.com, is below. In the context of the escalating war in Ukraine and […]

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Abkhazia Signs Treaty With Russia

On December 1, I wrote an article titled Abkhazia Integrates Military With Russia for Sofrep.com. Since the publishing of the piece, the Kremlin has continued its pursuit of integrating both Abkhazia and its fellow Georgian breakaway territory South Ossetia into its strategic effort to ensure and increase its influence over the governments of its near abroad. As […]

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Greek Election Results In: Pro-Russia, Euro-socialist Party Assumes Control

On January 31, I co-authored an article with Vasilis Chronopoulos at Sofrep.com on the impact of the recent elections in Greece. Vasilis analyzed the results and provided context for understanding why the elections will have such a significant impact on the country. He also examined the reasons for radical left-wing Syriza’s victory and the impact that party leader […]

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Insurrection in Xinjiang

On September 29, I wrote of the growing insurrection in Xinjiang, China and the dilemma of the Uighur separatist movement. Xinjiang is a region of great geopolitical significance to Beijing and is central to China’s strategy to ensure long term Chinese access to essential energy supplies in Central Asia. Beijing has begun constructing railways and roads in earnest, […]

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Belarus: Looking Westward?

On January 28th, my article examining recent events involving Belarus and the administration of President Alexander Lukashenko was published at Sofrep.com. I examined policy changes in both Russia and Belarus to determine whether recent events, combined with statements by Lukashenko, signaled a potential adjustment to the security dynamic of Eastern Europe. In analyzing the effects of sanctions on Russia, […]

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