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

India-Iran Relations: Prospects and Challenges

India’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over the last few years have been marked by various hurdles. These pertained to the unresolved payment imbroglio for the import of Iranian crude oil; inability to streamline trade between the...

Central Asia, West Asia, International Relations and Diplomacy

Balochistan- The New Regional Tinderbox?

On 25 October 2013, the Iranian State News Agency reported that fourteen Iranian border guards were killed and five wounded in clashes with “armed bandits” near Saravan on Iran’s southeastern border with Pakistan. There were also reports of three...

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

Can SCO Untangle the Afghan Knot?

Afghanistan was the main focus of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit held in September this year at the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek. Though there was some distraction caused by the Syrian crisis with all the members supporting non-...

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

SCO Important for India’s ‘Connect Central Asia’ Policy

Salience of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and its relevance to India has been growing since India was first admitted to SCO as an observer in 2005. Over the years, SCO has acquired increasing significance as an important platform for...

Central Asia, International Relations and Diplomacy

Will China Checkmate India on Chabahar?

In a development that could very well upset India’s geo-strategic apple cart, China is making deft and vigorous moves to woo Iran to accept its offer of US$80-million to upgrade the Chabahar port located on the coast of Gulf of Oman, off the...

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

Russia’s New Silk Road Strategy: Connecting to Pakistan

Even though much awaited President Putin’s visit to Pakistan in the first week of October has been shelved, causing disappointment among the Pakistani establishment, the doors for finding a new understanding between the two on Afghanistan and...

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