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Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

The Energy Briefing: Despite Caspian Sea agreement, obstacles to Trans-Caspian pipeline remain

On August 12, Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan reached an agreement on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. In particular, the treaty removes a legal barrier to building a Trans-Caspian gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Europe. However, several obstacles to the construction of the pipeline remain.

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The evolving terrorist threat to China’s Central Asia projects

With its infrastructure projects and business investments, China’s Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) initiative has the potential to transform Central Asia. But Chinese plans will face rising terrorism and extremism risks in the region.

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.

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

Modi’s subtle message to China

While Modi has reached out to China publicly in an attempt to foster a bilateral rapprochement, the Prime Minister’s recent visits suggest the undertaking of an aggressive political-economic stance on

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Why China should encourage a pipeline from Turkmenistan to Europe

Turkmenistan has emerged as a potential supplier of natural gas (NG) to Europe as the EU desperately searches for an alternative to Russian energy. The prospect of European exploitation of

Politics South and Central Asia

Kazakhstan becomes centrepiece in Eurasian diplomacy

In a phase of declining oil prices and economic storm in neighbouring Russia, Kazakhstan has engaged in intense diplomatic activity with the West and other Central Asian countries. Kazakhstan is

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Caspian Summit may revive Iran’s oil industry

Three previous Caspian Sea summits have failed to produce a consensus on the legal status of the regions natural resources. However, the discovery of energy resources near the Iranian Caspian

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Russia is eyeing China to expand energy ties with Asia

As Europe aims to diversify its energy sources, Russia is looking to the East to develop links with the more energy-prospective Asian markets. In June 2013, Russia’s oil giant Rosneft

Politics South and Central Asia

Business boom for Turkish contractors in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s openness to Turkish investment grows with an increasing number of construction contracts. The Turkish press published reports in December 2013 detailing new projects to be undertaken by the Turkish