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Shanghai Cooperating in Yekaterinburg

Shanghai Cooperating in Yekaterinburg

First off, my friends at Rising Powers beat me to a SCO Summit report. In the shadow of the Iranian election drama and the first real BRIC get together, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Don’t know what the SCO is?) held their annual Heads of State Summit in the Russian Ural city of Yekaterinburg. The Heads […]

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SCO, Afghanistan, US

I told you earlier that I would keep you up to date on all Shanghai Cooperation Organization issues and happenings here, but I went on vacation and David Kampf at FPA’s Rising Powers beat me too it. Here’s his blog piece about a Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit on Afghanistan.  For the first time a US official […]

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Afghanistan-United States: Sister Cities

Over at the Afghanistan blog, I wrote a piece about the Sister City program between San Diego, California and Jalalabad, Afghanistan. This group does a lot of amazing work that should be recognized. Maybe we should have a ‘surge’ of Sister Cities!

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Book Review: Adeeb Khalid – Islam after Communism

Book Review: Adeeb Khalid – Islam after Communism

Adeeb Khalid, a professor of history at Carleton College and Central Asian expert, wrote ‘Islam after Communism‘ in an attempt to educate those who view Central Asian Muslims through the prism of Muslims in the Middle East, in effect, ignoring their own history and societal changes and make up. Khalid effectively hammers down the point […]

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Afghanistan New Blog

Hello everyone.  So I’ll be moving to my new blog, Afghanistan, which you guessed it, will concentrate on, Afghanistan.  Elina will be taking over Central Asia and I look forward to her posts and to see where she takes the blog.  I will from time to time do a post here as well.  So please […]

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Olivier Roy: Islam and the West, the Taliban, and Sharia in Pakistan

Olivier Roy: Islam and the West, the Taliban, and Sharia in Pakistan

Olivier Roy. That’s right Olivier Roy was at UCSD’s Political Science Department today and I was able to sneak in and listen to his lecture and Q & A. Mr. Roy, a Frenchman, is one of the most distinguished Western scholars of Islam. He has studied and worked for the United Nations and French foreign […]

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Islam and the Pakistani and Afghani States

Islam and the Pakistani and Afghani States

Just as I was discussing on my other blog the Pakistani state’s inability to control or effectively coexist with the Islamic culture and religion within its borders, Islamabad announced a new deal allowing the Swat region to be ruled by Sharia law. This is yet another deal the Pakistani government has made with one of […]

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Friday Fun and Manas Shenanigans

Friday Fun and Manas Shenanigans

I don’t want to beat a dead horse here, but there continues to be breaking news regarding the closure of the US Manas base in Kyrgyzstan. Alexander Cooley at the Herald Tribune has an inside view of the US displacement from the air base and argues that the US did the prudent thing by walking […]

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Afghanistan's Newfound Popularity in the US Media and Government

It is amazing how much the US media is now concentrating on the war in Afghanistan as the war in Iraq is dropping further and further onto the back pages. This also appears to be true in looking at US government entities as Afghan envoy Richard Holbrooke is seemingly everywhere and we do not even […]

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SCO Showcase

SCO Showcase

Last week, I spoke in front of the San Diego World Affairs Council North Chapter (an affiliate of FPA) about the rising objectives and capabilities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Here is my presentation in slides (go to the bottom of the page). I though some you might be interested in some of the articles […]

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Holbrooke: 'A long and difficult Struggle'

Holbrooke: 'A long and difficult Struggle'

Newly appointed Afghanistan/Pakistan US ‘representative’, which gives him a bit more power than an ‘envoy’, stated during a Munich security conference that the war in Afghanistan will be a ‘long and difficult struggle,’ one which is 'tougher than Iraq.’  Not exactly breaking news, but it's important to know where Mr. Holbrooke stands and how he […]

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Manas Air Base: 'Going Out of Business'

Adobe Creative Suite 3 + Cakewalk Sonar 7.02 + Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 Well, it looks like the Kyrgyz government has indeed decided to officially order the removal of American forces from the Manas air base.  US officials assert that negotiations were still on going, but Kyrgyz officials stated that the deal was as good […]

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US Manas Base: 'Get Out!'

US Manas Base: 'Get Out!'

In a surprise move, Kyrgyzstan President Bakiyev, during a visit to Moscow, stated that he would close the American Manas Air Base in his country. Bakiyev argued that the US mission in the region was complete and voiced concern over several issues including; financial compensation, an incident where a Kyrgyz citizen was killed on the […]

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US-Afghanistan Policy: A Realist Turn?

US-Afghanistan Policy: A Realist Turn?

It is being reported that the US Joint Chiefs of Staff will issue a report recommending that the Obama administration lower its expectations for a democratic Afghanistan and instead concentrate on regional stability and defeating Al Qaeda and the Taliban. I have not seen the report myself, but Politico's David Cloud asserts that the report […]

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Afghan Presidential Election Delayed: Democracy's Slow Growth

Afghan Presidential Election Delayed: Democracy's Slow Growth

Just as Iraq's provinces express their newly given right to participate in an election, the Afghanistan people will have to wait a little bit longer for their turn. The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan has decided to postpone the country's presidential election until August 20th for the expressed reason of registering more voters, setting up […]

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Patrick Frost
Patrick Frost

Patrick Frost recently graduated from New York University's Masters Program in Political Science - International Relations. His MA thesis analyzed the capabilities and objectives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Central Asia and beyond and explored how these affected U.S. interests and policy.

Areas of Focus:
Eurasia, American Foreign Policy, Ideology, SCO

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