Central Asia

How Karimov’s Death will Test Russia-China Relations

Blake Franko

Islam Karimov, the leader of Uzbekistan since 1989, has officially been pronounced dead, ending a days-long Schrödinger dilemma. The ensuing power vacuum and leadership scramble will lay bare the true nature of the indeterminate Russia-China nexus. Between the coup attempt in Turkey, Chinese…


Good News NATO: Central Asia may be Russia’s Next Target

Blake Franko

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Syria has been a nuisance to US policy makers’ plans for the Middle East: With Russian sorties now supporting government advances, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power appears secure. However, the Turkish shoot down of…