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Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

India’s systemic water crisis: Political and economic risks loom large

An ongoing Indian dispute over the Cauvery river is indicative of the broad and growing water crisis facing India.

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Will India move to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement?

China and the US have already moved to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement, with long-term implications for global business. Will India follow suit?

Politics South and Central Asia

Azerbaijan’s constitutional referendum: Entrenchment of the Aliyev clan

On September 26th, authoritarian Azerbaijan will hold a constitutional referendum over expanding presidential powers. The results are a forgone conclusion.

Politics South and Central Asia

China-Vietnam agreement signals regional shift in the South China Sea

Amidst China’s land reclamation and militarization in the South China Sea, the recent deal with Vietnam has far reaching implications for the region

Politics South and Central Asia

The death of Islam Karimov is the end of an era, but not the system

In a GRI Guest Post, Pierre-Olivier and Matthew Holland explore the key impacts of the recent death of Uzbekistan’s long-time regime leader.

Politics South and Central Asia

Did playing hockey with Medvedev get Kazakhstan’s PM fired?

Prime Minister Karim Massimov has been ousted by Kazakhstan’s leader after a flurry of social media activity. There is more to this than meets the eye.

Economics South and Central Asia

China’s new state-backed venture capital fund to boost innovation

China recently announced the establishment of a new state-backed venture capital fund. The fund aims to bolster innovation, but will it live up to the buzz?

Security South and Central Asia Under The Radar

Under the Radar: If Islam Karimov is dead, China’s LNG imports are threatened

The death of Islam Karimov could throw Uzbekistan into a succession crisis, undermining stability, emboldening terrorists, and threatening the New Silk Road.

Economics South and Central Asia

The OBOR initiative unveils Beijing’s ambitions in Central Asia

Since the launch of the China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative, China has focused its efforts in the expansion of its presence in Central Asia.

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.