Commentary - Presidential Elections in Kyrgyzstan: More Continuity than Change

Kyrgyzstan is a small, landlocked and mountainous republic in the heart of Asia. Because of its remote location and tiny population (about 6 million) not much is reported about it. The country borders China on the east and three Central Asian...

Central Asia, International Relations and Diplomacy

India-Uzbekistan Relations: New Opportunities

Important Neighbour

There are common elements in the Indian and Central Asian experience. Both were connected by constant flow of men, goods and ideas. Samarkand and Bokhara are as much part of our history as Uzbek history...

Central Asia, International Relations and Diplomacy

भारत और एससीओ अस्ताना सम्मेलन और उसके बाद

शांघाई सहयोग संगठन (एससीओ) में 2005 से ही पर्यवेक्षक की भूमिका निभा रहे भारत को जून में आयोजित अस्ताना शिखर सम्मेलन के दौरान आखिरकार इस बहुपक्षीय समूह में जगह मिल ही गई। भारत ने एससीओ में शामिल होने के बाद सामने आने वाले अवसरों और चुनौतियों पर...

Central Asia, Hindi, International Relations and Diplomacy

India and SCO: Astana Summit and Beyond

After being an observer in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) since 2005, India finally gained entry to the multilateral grouping during the Astana Summit held in June. India had applied for the full membership in 2014 after weighing...

Central Asia, International Relations and Diplomacy

Belt and Road Initiative: Implications for Central Asia

The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) sought attention of the international community and made headlines everywhere in mid-May. The event was organized by China in Beijing on 14-15 May 2017 with the purpose of promoting its ambitious project called the...

Central Asia, International Relations and Diplomacy

Kazakhstan: Emerging Player on the World Stage

Kazakhstan has assumed non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the tenure of 2017-18. It is the first Central Asian Republic (CAR) to join this supreme body. Kazakhstan is a young nation that gained...

Central Asia, International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies

Uzbekistan after Islam Karimov

The President’s Legacy

After a week of intense speculation, dawn break on the 2nd of September 2016 coincided with the Uzbek state media finally declaring the death of the country’s first and only president, Islam Karimov...

Central Asia, International Relations and Diplomacy

Changing Dynamics in Central Asia and Afghanistan

Introduction

In recent months, security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and relations between Kabul and Islamabad are tense. Although Afghanistan has signed a peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-i-Islami, the...

Central Asia, International Relations and Diplomacy

Changing Dynamics in Central Asia and Afghanistan

Introduction

In recent months, security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and relations between Kabul and Islamabad are tense. Although Afghanistan has signed a peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-i-Islami, the...

Central Asia, International Relations and Diplomacy

India and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: An Analysis

At the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) forthcoming annual summit meeting in Bashkortostan in Russia in July 2015 , it is expected that India’s status would be elevated from an Observer to a full member. If reports are true, it would...

Afghanistan, Central Asia, China, International Relations and Diplomacy, Neighbourhood Studies