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Armenia to Join Eurasian Customs Union

Last week, Armenia publicly announced it would join the Russian-led customs union in a move that stunned EU officials, who already had completed negotiations on comprehensive free trade and political

Economics South and Central Asia

Mongolia Reverses Foreign Investment Law to Revive Economy

The Parliament of Mongolia held an emergency session between September 2 and September 6. The main issue discussed during this session was legislation governing Mongolian foreign investment. Due to a

Economics South and Central Asia

Kazakhstan Pegs Tenge to Foreign Currency Basket

Starting September 2nd, Kazakhstan will peg the tenge to a basket of foreign currencies, effectively ending the managed float that was put in place in March 2011. The basket will

Politics South and Central Asia

Complications Ahead for Afghanistan’s Election Reform

With the Afghan presidential election scheduled for April 2014, just three months after U.S. troops begin withdrawing from the Afghan combat mission, reforms to the previously highly flawed Afghan electoral

Security South and Central Asia

India’s Naval Buildup Positive For Regional Commerce

On August 5, 2013 late in the night, five Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush while on patrol in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Early reports show that

Politics South and Central Asia

Ramadan shows religious freedom deficit in Central Asia

The holy month of Ramadan puts in sharp relief the challenges to religious freedom by secular governments in the former Soviet Central Asian republics. Most notably, this year in Uzbekistan,

Politics South and Central Asia

Balochistan Talks May Release Local Resource Wealth

Over the past month, Pakistan’s long-term, slow-burning Balochistan conflict has seen both continued violence and new rhetoric about possible peace deals. The newly elected provincial chief, Abdul Malik, a Baloch

Politics South and Central Asia

5 Challenges for Russia on Sochi Winter Olympics

With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics only half a year away, the games are facing a number of challenges from organizations within the Russian Federation, as well as from foreign

Security South and Central Asia

Afghanistan’s Opium has Regional Repercussions

Attempts to rid the Afghan economy of its reliance on opium production and smuggling have largely failed due to corruption and the lack of equally profitable alternatives. However, the opium