Russia’s War Creates Opportunities for China in Central Asia

As the war in Ukraine continues, China sees greater economic and political openings in Central Asia, the region extremely wary of Russian military ambitions. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reverberated far and deep across the...

Unrest in Kazakhstan Only Solidifies China-Russia Ties

The Russian-led military operation in Kazakhstan has presented an important test for Moscow’s ties with Beijing.  In early January, Kazakhstan was shaken by nationwide protests that sparked uncertainty in the central Asian nation that...

Decoding Différance: Can Beijing Push the Taliban Towards a Change?‎

This article was originally published by CEIAS and is republished here with the consent of the author. One of the main pillars of Jacques Derrida’s philosophy is a concept of ‘différance’ that calls into...

Russia, China, and the Prospect of US Military Bases in Central Asia

This article was originally published by the Begin–Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and is republished here with the author's consent. The American exit from Afghanistan has created a power vacuum. The quartet of China, Russia, Pakistan,...

China’s Aims and Opportunities in Afghanistan Amidst America’s Exit

China fears the repercussions associated with the looming US withdrawal from Afghanistan as a rise of extremism in the country could spread and threaten Beijing’s key positions in Xinjiang and Central Asia. However, America’s exit might yet...

Are China and Iran Forging a New Geopolitical Axis in Eurasia?

Pressure on Iran and its nuclear program has not relented with a new administration in Washington,  which Tehran has taken as a signal it must  maximize its efforts to balance Washington’s clout by building closer ties with...

How China is Breaking Central Asia’s “Geographic Prison”

Though China and Russia share large incentives to cooperate, Beijing’s push into Central Asia creates a fundamental problem for Russia as the region’s geographic boundaries are redrawn through China-funded railways, tunnels and roads. The...