Central Asia Archive

Harp seal pups lie on an ice floe in Canada
36(3) Spring 2015, Central Asia, Environment, Featured, Features, Letter from the Editors, North America, Politics, Security, Western Europe

The New Ice Age: The Arctic Battleground

The Spring 2015 issue, The New Ice Age: Arctic Battlegrounds, has hit shelves. Watch for the release of Arctic-related content online! … Not until 1908 or...
An Italian store inspired by the Addiopizzo movement to advertise that it refuses to pay "pizzo" - protection money to the Mafia by "Dedda71". CC-BY-3.0., accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
Africa, Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, Eastern Africa, Europe, Human Rights, Middle East, Politics, Reviews, South Asia, Western Europe

Collective Action Against Corruption

Few global issues are as nonpartisan, universal, and severe as corruption.  Shaazka Beyerle articulates the importance of halting malfeasance in Curtailing Corruption: People Power...
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with Chinese Deputy Premier Li Keqiang. Image courtesy of www.kremlin.ru, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
Asia, Blog, Central Asia, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Economics, Politics

Will China Help Russia Resist Western Sanctions over Ukraine?

Chinese strategic considerations have largely been ignored in analyses of Western measures against Russia following the country’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatist...
By Pryshutova Viktoria [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Europe, Politics, Security, Western Europe, World in Review

Putin a Stranglehold: The Changing Strategies of a Resurgent Russia

It has been a good year for Russian President Vladimir Putin. His country annexed a strategic peninsula in the Black Sea, he retains high...
Leaders of the five BRICS countries gather at the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil on July 15th, 2014. CC-BY-3.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(2) Fall 2014/Winter 2015, Africa, Americas, Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, Economics, Europe, Global Notebook, Politics, South America, South Asia

New Development? The BRICS Bank and the International System

When Goldman Sachs traders coined the term BRIC—an acronym for the emerging Brazil, Russia, India, and China—in 2001, it was just handy shorthand for a flashy new investment opportunity. Now,...
Americas, Asia, Blog, Central Asia, East Asia, Economics, Environment, North America, Politics

A Blessing in Disguise?: The Impact of the Midterm Elections on US Foreign Policy

On Tuesday, November 4th, US citizens made dramatic changes to the makeup of their government. For the first time in nearly a decade, the...
FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces increasing pressure over allegations that the Qatar World Cup bid was won through corrupt means. By Marcello Casal Jr./Agencia Brasil. CC-BY 3.0-br, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Americas, Asia, Central Asia, Features, Middle East, Politics, South America

FIFA’s Calling: Giving Qatar the Red Card

“When you work in Qatar you belong to someone. You are not free. You are a slave.” – French-born Moroccan soccer player Abdeslam Ouaddou During Mr....
Polisario troops of the Sahrawi Republic which lays claim to territory in the Western Sahara. By Saharauiak, originally posted to Flickr as Soldadu saharauiak. CC BY-S.A. 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(1) Summer 2014, Africa, Asia, Central Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, Global Notebook, North Africa, Pacific, Politics, Security

Lines in the Sand: The Problem of Unclear National Borders

It seems odd for revolutions to start over something as trivial as geography. However, when protests in Crimea began in February 2014, protesters argued...
Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Europe, Global Notebook, Security

Containment of Russian Authoritarianism

As Russia’s influence on Eastern Europe spreads across the region, Moscow’s foreign policy has come under international scrutiny. Most recently, Russia has acted aggressively...
President Obama speaks with the Prime Minister of Ukraine in March. Umland is arguing that the West needs to get more involved in the Ukraine-Russia Crisis.
Asia, Blog, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Europe, Politics, Security

Understanding Russia’s Role and Aims in the “Ukraine Crisis”

     In spite of its official title, the so-called “Ukraine Crisis” has been, for the last four months, driven by Russian rather than...