Central Asia
Peace Mission 2018 - the Larger Perspective

Somebody queried, "While Indian armed forces do joint military exercises with almost every nation in the immediate neighbourhood, even China, and with many others in the external environment, why not with Pakistan"? The quick reply was, "Joint exerci....

Kyrgyzstan in Political Turmoil

Kyrgyzstan, a small, landlocked and mountainous republic in Central Asia, is less known to the world because of its remote location and tiny population (about 6 million). The country borders China on the east and three Central Asian Republics (CARs) ....

Commentary: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Press the Reset Button

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan has recently paid a two day State Visit to Dushanbe. His first tour of Tajikistan since coming to power reflects the improving relationship between the two neighboring republics. It also underlines Mirziyoye....

Commentary: Kazakhstan Concludes UNSC Presidency

Kazakhstan has recently concluded the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for one month. It had assumed the Non-Permanent Membership (NPM) of the UNSC in 2017 for the tenure of two years. As a matter of fact, Kazakhstan is the fi....

उज्बेकिस्तान और अफगानिस्तान के बीच बढ़ती सहभागिता

अफगानिस्तान के राष्ट्रपति अशरफ गनी ने हाल में उज्बेकिस्तान का आधिकारिक दौरा किया। उज्बेक राष....

Commentary: India Joins Ashgabat Agreement

Background India has recently joined the Ashgabat Agreement, which envisages creation of an International Transport and Transit Corridor connecting Central Asia with the Persian Gulf. This corridor is set to facilitate connectivit....

Commentary- Central Asia in 2017

Central Asia is India’s extended neighbour and a geo-strategically vital region. India’s relations with this region go back for centuries, and are based on commercial, cultural, and civilizational links. In June 2017, India received full membersh....

Commentary- Uzbekistan and Afghanistan Enhance Cooperation

President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has recently paid an official visit to Uzbekistan. His meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has resulted in signing of 20 agreements in fields of trade, transit, security, electricity and education. As....

Uzbekistan, Uzbeks and Terror: Complex Realities

The New York terror attack has time and again alarmed the international community about the rising terror attacks carried out by persons of Central Asian origins. On 31 October, a 29-year old Uzbek national, called Sayfulla Saipov, drove a truck down....

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 Republi....

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