Russian Strategy – WTF?

by Nathan Barrick

Is Russian Strategy warlike – true or false? Russia’s strategic deployment and bombing campaign in Syria appears to have surprised and shocked many observers, including Russia watchers.  It shouldn’t have. The uproar is all about Russian aggression and expansionism.  Pundits decry Putin’s alleged attempt to re-create the Soviet Union.  The descriptors of Putin and Russia […]

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Afghan Candidates for President in 2014

by Alec Metz

The registration of candidates in Afghanistan finished yesterday, and this morning Tolo News announced the complete list. Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, Qayum Karzai, Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, Sayed Ishaq Gailani, and Abdul Rahim Wardak are all running for the top spot, and Ismail Khan, Abdul Rashid Dostum, and Habiba Surabi are among others running for VP […]

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Why Central Asia Matters

by Nathan Barrick

The “Great Game” is the term commonly used to describe the competition by the great 19th Century Empires for influence and control of Central Asia, especially Afghanistan.  There are many observers who would prefer to leave the “Great Game” in the annals of 19th Century history and interpret current events in Central Asia and Afghanistan […]

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On Kazakh-language Wikipedia, Crowdsourcing Meets Crowd Mentality

by Myles G. Smith

Over at EurasiaNet, I pointed to the heated discussion over Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales’ involvement with the Kazakh government on his user page. Heated, at least, until Wales closed off discussion on the topic of manipulation and bias in his freely-editable Wikipedia page in a curiously unironic rant: I’m closing this discussion because it has reached the […]

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A Kyrgyz power play beginning?

by Steven_Schwerbel

Something seems to be afoot in Kyrgyzstan — after another slaying of a journalist (the third this year) and the rearranging of the government that put the President’s son into a leading role, the Ata-Meken (Fatherland) party is speaking out: Ata-Meken opposition party disseminated the statement of its leader Omurbek Tekebaev, where he blames Kyrgyz […]

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Afghan Election Runoff, Redux

by TK

Please extend a warm welcome to T.K., the first of our contributors who answered the call to join the super-awesome fun of writing for As soon as Nathan is connected to a computer again, I promise, he’ll have his own author’s account. It’s official, there will be a runoff election in Afghanistan. I see […]

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