Posts From Victoria Kelly-Clark

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2016 in Review Politics South and Central Asia

Trends of 2016: Soft power, cyberwarfare, and Russia’s new foreign policy

The past year has seen the return of Russia to a prime position on the global stage.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Is Iran still a siren call for Western economic investment?

The Iranian economy is set for an economic boom, with global powers reinvesting in its industries. However, the US sanctions remain a great deterrent for European and Asian investors. Image

Asia Pacific Politics

After Karimov: Will Uzbekistan undergo a revolution?

The premature death of President Islam Karimov has created a potentially dangerous power vacuum in Uzbekistan.

South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

Hacking the Kazakh way, top-down

The ferocity of the Kazakh government’s cyber campaign against dissent in Kazakhstan inspires comparisons to China’s Great Firewall.

Europe Security

The dangers of NATO’s power play

NATO faces increased Russian hostility across multiple fronts in Europe.

Economics South and Central Asia

Why is Central Asia dumping Russia for China?

Central Asia has long been stuck between a rock and hard place in terms of its geopolitical environment. A faltering Russia is leaving China the only game in town, and Central Asia is hitching its wagon to Beijing.

Politics South and Central Asia

Why Kazakhstan may prefer political stability

Kazakhstan’s political system continues to be structured by informal power networks that revolve around President Nazarbayev’s capacity to maintain stability.