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Security South and Central Asia

Russia Prepares for NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan

While most NATO troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, Russia worries about the subsequent consequences for the stability of the region. According to NATO officials,

Finance South and Central Asia

Lack of regulation limits Afghan gem mining

The lack of clear industry rules is hampering the growth of Afghanistan’s mining sector. Blessed with mineral wealth, Kabul remains unable to utilize it. Afghanistan lacks the major gas and

Economics South and Central Asia

Uzbekistan’s Search for Trade Partners

Uzbekistan’s increasing diversity in trading partners points to a decline in traditional Central Asian economic reliance on Russia and indicates the possibility of increased interdependence between the countries of Central

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Tensions with Iran prevent economic cooperation in Afghanistan

Western tensions with, and sanctions against, Iran prevent cooperation which could promote an economically stable Afghanistan. Several months ago, reports surfaced indicating that the United States was unknowingly buying mixed,

Economics South and Central Asia

Afghanistan drowning in export regulation

If the Afghan economy is going to succeed in the coming years it will be due to its exports. The country is too poor to engage in consumption led growth

Economics South and Central Asia

Saving Afghanistan’s Economy: A daunting challenge

With NATO troops scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, questions remain on whether the country can support itself economically.  The fledgling democracy will still receive large aid