Who Wins in China’s Great Central Asia Spending Spree?

by Sam Bhutia Cynics often ask if China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has increased trade between China and its neighbors, or if it threatens to trap participants in debt. There are myriad reasons why countries sign on to the BRI. Some seek to plug gaps in domestic infrastructure, some to improve global trade … Continue reading “Who Wins in China’s Great Central Asia Spending Spree?”

Normalizing Domestic Oppression

by Alessandro Regio This year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Turkmenistan, was a reaffirmation that the organization has come a long way from its relatively humble beginnings in the mid-1990’s. Iran came closer to joining the bloc, while Russia and China continued to kindle their closer ties. However, the summit’s declaration included a more … Continue reading “Normalizing Domestic Oppression”

Reporters Should Stop Helping Donald Trump Spread Lies About Joe Biden and Ukraine

President Donald Trump appears increasingly desperate to deflect questions about the flagrant abuse of power he seems to have committed this summer by withholding aid to Ukraine as he pressed that country’s new president to open an investigation into the false claim that Joe Biden abused his power as vice president to protect his son’s … Continue reading “Reporters Should Stop Helping Donald Trump Spread Lies About Joe Biden and Ukraine”

Unipolar Governance of the Multipolar World

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair The emergence in recent years of the economic and military powers in countries like China, Russia and India has given rise to theories and hopes of a multipolar world that could temper the heavy-handed unilateral/unipolar policies of the United States on a global level. Such hopes are further buoyed by … Continue reading “Unipolar Governance of the Multipolar World”

China, India and Pakistan Join Russia’s Massive Annual Military Drill

Chinese participation in similar Vostok drills last year has not alienated India but has to the contrary spurred New Delhi to take part itself The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has dispatched more than 1,600 troops, aircraft, tanks, and military support equipment to a large-scale Russian military exercise, dubbed Center-2019 (Tsentr-2019), held from September 16 … Continue reading “China, India and Pakistan Join Russia’s Massive Annual Military Drill”

Report Claims China Plans to Invest $400bn in Sanctioned Iran Over the Next 25 Years — It Probably Ain’t True

Editor’s note: Considering that Chinese Iranian oil imports took a nosedive since waiver end and are now at a puny 200,000-250,000 barrels a day (about 10 percent of what Iran could produce with minimal investments) I doubt China will be front-loading $280 billion (!) to develop an oil sector they are afraid to buy from, … Continue reading “Report Claims China Plans to Invest $400bn in Sanctioned Iran Over the Next 25 Years — It Probably Ain’t True”

George Orwell’s 1984 Revisited: The Rise of the Civilizationalists

by James M. Dorsey The rise of a critical mass of world leaders including Donald J. Trump, Xi Jinping and others In Europe, Asia and Latin America who are  bent on shaping a new world order in their authoritarian and civilizationalist mould, has given 1984, George Orwell’s prophetic novel, published 70 years ago, renewed relevance. … Continue reading “George Orwell’s 1984 Revisited: The Rise of the Civilizationalists”

Crisis in Kyrgzyztan: Another Color Revolution or Even Civil War?

The historically unstable Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan was suddenly thrown into yet another crisis after the former president and his supporters opened fire on the special forces that were dispatched to serve a warrant for his arrest on corruption … The post Crisis in Kyrgzyztan: Another Color Revolution or Even Civil War? appeared first … Continue reading “Crisis in Kyrgzyztan: Another Color Revolution or Even Civil War?”

Ex-Kyrgyz President Atambayev Admits Shooting When Police Units Stormed His Residence

“My supporters did not even have a slingshot, lies are being spread on TV. I was shooting when the guys went to the third floor, but I was trying not to hit them,” Atambayev told reporters. He also pledged that all the security officers who were taken as hostages would be released, stressing that most … Continue reading “Ex-Kyrgyz President Atambayev Admits Shooting When Police Units Stormed His Residence”

Shifting Sands: Chinese Encroachment in Central Asia and Challenges to U.S. Supremacy in the Gulf

by James M. Dorsey China and Russia are as much allies as they are rivals. A joint Tajik-Chinese military exercise in a Tajik region bordering on China’s troubled north-western region of Xinjiang suggests that increased Chinese-Russian military cooperation has not eroded gradually mounting rivalry in Central Asia, long viewed by Moscow as its backyard. The … Continue reading “Shifting Sands: Chinese Encroachment in Central Asia and Challenges to U.S. Supremacy in the Gulf”

What Iran Could Do to Support the Europeans

by Heinz Gärtner The EU-3 (France, Germany, and the United Kingdom) and three other UN-Security Council members (U.S., China, and Russia) negotiated an agreement with Iran in July 2015 in Vienna that limited Iran’s nuclear program, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This agreement, widely hailed by arms control experts, is based … Continue reading “What Iran Could Do to Support the Europeans”

The Journalists Do The Shouting

Photograph Source: Poster Boy – CC BY 2.0 The loudest pro-war voices are nowhere near the fight It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda-tours. — George Orwell, Homage to … Continue reading “The Journalists Do The Shouting”

Résumé de l’interview du premier ministre pakistanais sur Sputnik

Par Andrew Korybko − Le 13 juin 2019 − Source eurasiafuture.com M. Khan, le premier ministre pakistanais, a couvert un vaste panel de sujets au cours de son interview exclusive avec Sputnik, mais les principaux points abordés sont les changements importants connus par son pays depuis l’ancienne Guerre froide, qu’avec l’Inde il ne désire rien … Continue reading “Résumé de l’interview du premier ministre pakistanais sur Sputnik”

Iran at the Center of the Eurasian Riddle

With the dogs of war on full alert, something extraordinary happened at the 19th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) late last week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Virtually unknown across the West, the SCO is the foremost Eurasian political, economic … The post Iran at the Center of the Eurasian Riddle appeared first on Global … Continue reading “Iran at the Center of the Eurasian Riddle”

Modi Discovers Eurasia, Swings Back From US to China and Russia

  The Bishkek Declaration, issued after the summit meeting (June 14-15) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation devotes one sentence praising China’s Belt and Road Initiative: “The Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan reaffirm their support for China’s Belt and … Continue reading “Modi Discovers Eurasia, Swings Back From US to China and Russia”

Modi wades into Eurasianism

(Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin with their delegations, Bishkek, June 14, 2019 on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.) The Bishkek Declaration, issued after the summit meeting (June 14-15) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation devotes one sentence praising China’s Belt and Road Initiative: “The Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the … Continue reading “Modi wades into Eurasianism”

Pakistani PM Khan Exchanges Pleasantries With India’s Modi at SCO Summit

New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart exchanged customary pleasantries in the Leaders’ Lounge at the SCO Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Friday. Confirming the development, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that while shaking hands, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan felicitated Modi on his victory in India’s general election. Asked about how … Continue reading “Pakistani PM Khan Exchanges Pleasantries With India’s Modi at SCO Summit”

China Seeks Indian and Russian Backing for ‘New’ Trading System

Let’s see if something tangible comes out of this China hopes to win Indian and Russian support in establishing a “new type” of “rules-based” and “multilateral” trade initiative. Multiple Indian media reports suggest the country’s recently re-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join forces with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin on … Continue reading “China Seeks Indian and Russian Backing for ‘New’ Trading System”

The SCO Summit in Bishek, to Address US Threats, Geopolitics of the Region, Cooperation

Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) 19th summit is scheduled to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 13-14 June 2019. It is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai, China … The post The SCO Summit in Bishek, to Address US Threats, Geopolitics of the … Continue reading “The SCO Summit in Bishek, to Address US Threats, Geopolitics of the Region, Cooperation”

SCO summit: Inflection point for Indian diplomacy

(Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, Bishkek, June 13-14.) When India applied for SCO membership or when observers like myself felt elated when India was finally admitted into the grouping in 2017, no one could have foreseen that the grouping held such potential in … Continue reading “SCO summit: Inflection point for Indian diplomacy”

US Intel Officers in Kabul: The Taliban Are Fighting the Real Terrorist Threat From Afghanistan, Islamic State

The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S. and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion, the … Continue reading “US Intel Officers in Kabul: The Taliban Are Fighting the Real Terrorist Threat From Afghanistan, Islamic State”

Pakistan-Russia Relations: Upcoming Putin-Khan Meeting on Sidelines of SCO Summit

Russian President Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Khan will reportedly have their first-ever meeting later this week during the SCO Summit in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, but while the symbolism of this possible interaction shouldn’t be downplayed, observers also … The post Pakistan-Russia Relations: Upcoming Putin-Khan Meeting on Sidelines of SCO Summit appeared first … Continue reading “Pakistan-Russia Relations: Upcoming Putin-Khan Meeting on Sidelines of SCO Summit”

The Peer Competitor to the US Has Now Emerged: The Russia-China Strategic Partnership

A single image epitomizes the hurricane at the center of the current geopolitical chessboard: an extremely affectionate handshake between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin. The image crystallizes the stuff of nightmares by those in the US that still follow the Eurasian prophecies of Halford Mackinder and his disciples, such as the late Zbigniew “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski, … Continue reading “The Peer Competitor to the US Has Now Emerged: The Russia-China Strategic Partnership”

From the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit to the G20: United Eurasia Stands, Divided It Falls?

This month’s SCO and G20 Summits will see Eurasia first make a pretense of unity in Bishkek prior to Trump exploiting its preexisting fault lines in Osaka, with the US attempting to play Russia, India, and China off against one … The post From the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit to the G20: United Eurasia … Continue reading “From the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit to the G20: United Eurasia Stands, Divided It Falls?”

Beyond the Solidarity, the Same Old Middle East Conflicts

by Thomas W. Lippman There’s no telling how much it cost Saudi Arabia to stage that lavish three-summit extravaganza in Mecca last week, but on the surface it appeared that the Saudis got their money’s worth. King Salman presided and, at least on video, looked alert and good humored. The power behind the throne, Crown … Continue reading “Beyond the Solidarity, the Same Old Middle East Conflicts”

India reengages Pakistan — albeit informally

(Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan — Sushma Swaraj (R) and Shah Mehmood Qureshi (L) — met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Council’s FMs conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, May 22, 2019)  The two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on May 21-22 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, assumes importance … Continue reading “India reengages Pakistan — albeit informally”

Behind the U.S. Labeling of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization

It can be readily demonstrated that the proffered U.S. justifications for labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization are no more than harebrained excuses designed to put further pressure on the Iranian people in pursuit of its long-standing policy of regime change from within. Indeed, it can reasonably be argued that, in light of … Continue reading “Behind the U.S. Labeling of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Organization”