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Bishkek (TCA) -- youth from Central Asian countries and Afghanistan participated in the Network Cup 2018 debate tournament at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, organized by the C5+1 Youth Council with support of the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan, on February 10-11. Network Cup ...
Switzerland's railway company Hupac has launched a new service connecting Europe and Central Asia, as well as Turkey and Iran. The company reported that the partners of the carrier are Intermodal Express and the Azerbaijani operator ADY Container. Intermodal Express in cooperation with ...

Rawalpindi: A delegation of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) led by its President Zahid Latif Khan called on Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa here on Thursday. Talking to the delegation, Asim Saleem Bajwa said that China-Pakistan ...
Kazakhstan's oil production in 2018 promises finally to get the boost that the government has been banking on since the Kashagan project was first meant to come on line in 2005. Assuming no repetition of problems that have delayed this Caspian Sea project by 12 years, Kashagan should see output rise ...
The year 2017 marked several important milestones for Russian-led "not-so-allied" alliances: the Collective Security Treaty (on the basis of which an organization of the same name, the CSTO, was created) turned 25, while the Commonwealth Of Independent States Joint Air Defense System (CIS JADS) ...
Central Asia Metals Plc (AIM:CAML), a metals and mining company based in United Kingdom, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the AIM over the last few months. Less-covered, small caps sees more of an opportunity for mispricing due to the lack of information available to the ...

Central Asia is a significant strategic region for the United States. American investors are interested in the high potential and favorable business climate of the Central Asian states, Political Scientists say. Foreign business is interested in expanding trade and economic cooperation. According to experts, the ...
From one perspective, China has enormous "soft power" in Central Asia, the ability, as Joseph Nye defined it (Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, New York, 1990), "to persuade others to do what it wants without force or coercion." It can and does present itself in the region as a ...
children in the Central Asia and South Caucasus sub-regions are vulnerable to poorly mitigated natural hazards, under-resourced social services, and weak governance and protection, despite the middle-income status of these countries. More than 80 per cent of children in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and ...
NEW YORK - In a first for both the U.N. Security Council and the Central Asian region, Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov presided over a meeting of the council devoted to "Building Regional Partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia as a Model to Link Security and Development." The day's ...
F ormer defense minister Ahmad Vahidi raised the alarm about Washington's continued support for the self-styled Islamic state terrorist group and said the US is seeking to move the extremists to Central Asia and Afghanistan. Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Friday, Vahidi pointed to the collapse of the ...
Continued attempts at developing a natural gas pipeline linking Central Asian exporters with markets in Europe have fallen apart, leaving the region dependent on exports to either Russia or China. While the United States has helped countries in Central Asia balance geopolitically, some now believe the ...
More specifically, of the 18 regional cooperation and investment projects discussed at the RECCA-VII, the following stand out as major opportunities for further strengthening connectivity across South Asia, Central Asia, and South West Asia: the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline; ...
International center for development of green technologies and investment projects "Future Energy" is set to make a contribution to global sustainable development by boosting the development renewable energy projects. It will be located in the zone of best practices on the site of Astana EXPO 2017, and ...
Turkmenistan has become a reliable friend and strategic partner for Belarus in Central Asia, Belarusian Ambassador to Turkmenistan Oleg Tabanyukhov said in his message on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries. "We value the reached ...
This week's Washington is off to a rough start with the government shutdown; however, last week the Trump Administration scored a foreign policy diplomatic success with the visit of Nursultan Nazarbayev (77), the long-time leader of Kazakhstan, to the White House. Bordering both China and Russia, ...
Astana - Working to fulfil the program of its presidency of the United Nations Security Council, Kazakhstan held Jan. 19 a ministerial debate on Central Asia and Afghanistan entitled "Building Regional Partnerships in Afghanistan and Central Asia as a Model for the Security-Development Nexus.".

With its infrastructure projects and business investments, China's Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) initiative has the potential to transform Central Asia. But Chinese plans will face rising terrorism and extremism risks in the region. In order to address these security concerns, China will have to work closely ...
In May 2015 the sudden death of more than 200,000 saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan baffled the world. In just three weeks, entire herds of tens of thousands of healthy animals died of haemorrhagic septicaemia. The deaths took place in the Betpak-Dala region of Kazakhstan, across a landscape equivalent ...
TINY and turbulent, Kyrgyzstan likes to tout itself as a trailblazer for democracy in Central Asia, a region otherwise presided over by autocrats. The former Soviet republic of 6m has "proven to the world that it is a democratic country", its new president, Sooronbay Jeyenbekov, trumpeted triumphantly as he ...
Washington is willing to consider America's relationship with, and interests in, Central Asia, in a pragmatic manner, Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center and co-director of the Institute for Security and Development Policy Dr. Svante Cornell believes.
Significantly, the train covered as much ground in Kazakhstan as it did in Russia, underlining Central Asia's increased ability to compete with the Trans-Siberian route for transit traffic. An emerging rail connection between Khorgos, on Kazakhstan's border with China, and the Caspian Sea port of Aktau, ...
Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, author of the study and director of the Mountain Societies Research Institute at the University of Central Asia, explained to GlacierHub, "Some mountain societies have been doing remarkably well, for example the Sherpas of Nepal who were successful traders even before the first ...
"Leaders in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have the chance to make game-changing decisions on human rights for their people," said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia division director at Human Rights Watch. "Those in power across Central Asia should abandon repressive policies and take steps ...
Kazakhstan is one of the major oil-producing countries, not only in Central Asia, but also in the world. Kazakhstan as an oil-producing country participates in the transaction of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries, which obliges to reduce the level of oil ...
While some important issues such as economic development - with shadow economy estimated to be as large as fifty percent of GDP in Uzbekistan - remain pressing, transition from the Soviet Union in Central Asia was handled in relative stability. Violent nationalism, which surfaced in other parts of the ...
Two states, located upstream at high altitudes --Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan-- have plentiful water. Two rivers, the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya, supply 90 percent of Central Asia's water, passing through these two states before moving northwest. The three downstream states --Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and ...
Bishkek (TCA) -- Economic growth in Europe and Central Asia is anticipated to ease to 2.9 percent in 2018 from an estimated 3.7 percent in 2017, the World Bank says in its January 2018 Global Economic Prospects. Growth in the region strengthened more than expected to 3.7 percent in 2017 from 1.7 ...
During his speech at Nazarbayev University in June, EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti noted Central Asia is one of the bank's most important regions. "We now combine a private sector focus on financing and the delivery of development goals with extensive work on policy reform with the governments of ...
Today we are launching a paper examining the management of public sector wage bills in the Middle East and Central Asia. It was prepared by a team of my IMF colleagues, led by Natalia Tamirisa and Christoph Duenwald. Globally, spending on public wages absorbs around one-fifth of total government ...
Significantly, the train covered as much ground in Kazakhstan as it did in Russia, underlining Central Asia's increased ability to compete with the Trans-Siberian route for transit traffic. An emerging rail connection between Khorgos, on Kazakhstan's border with China, and the Caspian Sea port of Aktau, ...
Central Asia's economic growth will in average amount to 2.7 percent this year, according to various expert agencies, in particular the World Bank, he noted. "If we summarize all the other forecasts of different analytical groups and centers, then, actually, we see that this year there will be a more average ...
In particular, a sanction-stricken Russia seemed to have good reason to worry that the BRI could further weaken its position in Central Asia, Russia's backyard, negatively affecting the EEU. Various assessments pointed in the same pessimistic direction, especially in the light of the fact that the two initiatives ...
workers maintain a section of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Photo: VCG. Oscar, a Kazak national, was patrolling like any other day along the Central Asia-China Gas pipeline in Kazakhstan. A vice manager for the security department in AGP (Asia Gas Pipeline ...
Washington: The position of the point person for South and Central Asia in the US State Department is lying vacant and it is likely to remain so for now as the Trump ... The absence of a full-fledged Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia is "felt now the most" at a critical juncture now when the ...
Urumqi, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- A memorandum has been signed by the Xinjiang Institute of ecology and geography and 22 overseas scientific research institutes, launching joint research projects on the ecosystem in Central Asia. Over the next five years, the institutes will focus on the region's glaciers, water ...
Moreover, if the Iranian events produce regime change there, this could "push Russia's Muslim regions, above all in the North Caucasus, to move more actively toward independence and threaten the pro-Russian regimes in Central Asia," as well as creating "serious problems" for Ilham Aliyev in Azerbaijan.
Tehran - The defeat of Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria has made the terrorist group to change the geography of its activities and Central Asian countries must be watchful of this threat, Iranian Ambassador to Tajikistan Hojjatollah Faghani warned in a meeting with Tajik Parliament speaker Shukurjon ...
But these writers appeared during a time when the majority of people in Central Asia became literate, and the Central Asian writers of the Soviet period played huge roles in developing alphabets and codifying the region's languages. It was they who put into words the thoughts and feelings of Kazakhs, ...
The respected writers of Central Asia's past were obvious choices. The "founding father" for Tajikistan became Ismail Somoni, the late 9th-century conqueror whose Samanid Empire included what is now northern Iran, northern Afghanistan, and Central Asia south of the Syr-Darya River. His tomb is in ...
This is part of the future railway that will connect Central Asia with the Iranian port of Chabahar on the Indian Ocean coast, according to First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri, Iranian media outlets reported. He recalled that the construction of the 900-kilometer railway on the North-South route was completed ...
However, it seems advisable to expand further the number of participants in the inter-parliamentary platform for dialogue and include, in particular, the states of Central Asia. On December 24-25, the first regional parliamentary conference on combating terrorism and mutual cooperation was held in ...
"As economic hardships linger, Central Asia totters on the precipice of great change," the tagline of my section read. As 2017 dawned, the region was still clawing its way out of the economic hole that followed 2014's oil market crash and appeared to be approaching some serious pivot political points.
In the past few weeks and months, a staggering number of attacks on press freedom has dotted Central Asia, exposing the hypersensitive disposition of the authorities toward critical voices. One of the most worrying cases involved independent journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov. He was arrested after he ...
The most prevalent Christian denomination is Russian Orthodoxy, which also has saints' shrines, holy springs and sacred spaces across the region. What Islam, Orthodoxy and Catholicism alike all share in Central Asia, however, is remoteness. Central Asia is thousands of miles from Mecca, Jerusalem and ...
An ideal new EU strategy for Central Asia would be forward-looking and goal-oriented, and adequately respond to current challenges. The main challenge for the EU is the growing competition for the 'hearts and minds' of Central Asia's people, and the main goal is maintaining and promoting European soft ...
Tehran, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Recently major consignment of fruits from Pakistan to Kazakhstan has been transited through Iran which could open a new corridor for shipment of food items from Southeast Asia to markets as far as Russia, IRAN Daily reported on Tuesday. The consignment that comprised ...
According to Mesbah, the northern regions of Afghanistan are of great importance for the terrorists who want to penetrate into the countries of Central Asia -- Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and other countries in order to destabilize the situation there. The academic opined that Afghanistan is the best ...
Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has warned about the mounting threat of the proliferation of the Islamic State's (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) ideology in Central Asian countries. "The ideology of Islamic State and other such radical groups is increasingly spreading in Central Asia ...
By offering to include Afghanistan in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, Beijing may be seeking to mediate in a decades-long dispute between its two neighbours, but analysts have questioned how effective it can be. "China is concerned about both countries. As a mediator it is trying to get them ...



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