Kazakh President Nazarbayev’s Resignation Is No Cause for Alarm (Just Yet)

Kazakh President Nazarbayev’s Resignation Is No Cause for Alarm (Just Yet)

The timing of elderly Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s resignation took many observers by surprise even if the event itself shouldn’t have been unexpected, but there aren’t any credible grounds for speculating that this development will lead to any profound domestic or international changes, at least not yet. The Inevitable Transition Begins Elderly Kazakh President Nursultan…

Turkish-Chinese Spat Puts Central Asian Leaders on the Spot

Turkish-Chinese Spat Puts Central Asian Leaders on the Spot

A Turkish-Chinese spat as a result of Turkish criticism of China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its strategic but troubled north-western province of Xinjiang complicates efforts by Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states to at best deal quietly behind closed doors with the plight of their citizens and ethnic kin in the People’s Republic. China’s…

Turkic Chinese Soup: A Barometer of Anti-Chinese Sentiment

Turkic Chinese Soup: A Barometer of Anti-Chinese Sentiment

A heavy soup made of pulled noodles, meat, and vegetables symbolizes Central Asia’s close cultural and/or ethnic ties with China’s repressed Turkic and Hui Muslims. It also explains growing Central Asian unease with China’s re-education campaign in its north-western province of Xinjiang and its signature infrastructure and energy driven-Belt and Road initiative. Named Ashlan Fu…

The Rise of Eurasia: Geopolitical Advantages and Historic Pitfalls

The Rise of Eurasia: Geopolitical Advantages and Historic Pitfalls

Asian players are proving to be conceptually and bureaucratically better positioned in the 21st century’s Great Game that involves tectonic geopolitical shifts with the emergence of what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes terms the fusion of Europe and Asia into a “supercontinent.” Yet, in contrast to the United States, Asian players despite approaching Europe…