Hot Air Messaging: Iran Floats Reports of Imminent Shanghai Cooperation Organization Membership

Hot Air Messaging: Iran Floats Reports of Imminent Shanghai Cooperation Organization Membership

Eager to enhance its negotiating leverage with the United States and Europe, Iran is projecting imminent membership of the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in much the same way it pushed the signing of a much-touted 25-year cooperation agreement with the People’s Republic that has yet to have any real legs. Converting Iran’s SCO observer…

Eurasian Integration and the Geopolitics of the Russia-Kazakhstan Relationship

Eurasian Integration and the Geopolitics of the Russia-Kazakhstan Relationship

The long-standing plan to turn Russia against Kazakhstan, or vice versa, does not go out of the heads of security opponents in the Eurasian space. Current events in Belarus are also heating up this topic. After all, Kazakhstan, geographically, like Belarus, is not just any other country, but a huge geopolitical node that connects huge…

Kazakhstan May Hold the Secret for Greater Eurasia

Kazakhstan May Hold the Secret for Greater Eurasia

The no holds barred US-China strategic competition may be leading us to the complete fragmentation of the current “world-system” – as Wallerstein defined it. Yet compared to the South China Sea, the Korean peninsula, the Taiwan Straits, India-China’s Himalayan border, and selected latitudes of the Greater Middle East, Central Asia shines as a portrait of…

The US’ Central Asian Strategy Isn’t Sinister, But That Doesn’t Mean It’ll Succeed

The US’ Central Asian Strategy Isn’t Sinister, But That Doesn’t Mean It’ll Succeed

The US’ newly unveiled “Strategy For Central Asia 2019-2025” surprisingly isn’t sinister like some of the country’s critics might have expected, but that doesn’t mean that it’ll succeed since its viability almost entirely depends on bringing peace to Afghanistan first then convincing the regional states to more closely integrate with one another prior to collectively…