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The SCO's Georgia Problem

I did a quick summary of most of the major outcomes of the SCO's Dushanbe Summit on Monday, but I want to get a bit more into the affect of Russia's conflict in Georgia and all that has happened since diplomatically and strategically.  As we have read, the SCO's Dushanbe Declaration came out with a […]

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Talibanistan: Pakistan's Double Game

Talibanistan: Pakistan's Double Game

Whose side is Pakistan on in the NATO-led conflict in Afghanistan?  Does the Pakistani government and army want to stop and defeat the Taliban?  Can it?  As a US decision maker, should you be extremely worried about Pakistan's answers to all of these questions?  Unfortunately, the last question is the only one that should be […]

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SCO Summit Summary

SCO Summit Summary

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization 8th annual summit in Dushanbe two weeks ago covered many issues and issued several decrees.  We already discussed how the grouping did not give Russia the diplomatic support regarding the Georgian conflict as they hoped, but the conference also set up joint military manuevers, moved along the process of an Afghan […]

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Iran's Place in the Central Asian Sun, and much, much more!

First off the post below was one done a few weeks ago, but we had to put it back up for so it could be linked to the Brookings Institute newsletter, my apologies for any confusion. Today, will be a glorified link-dump, focusing on Iran in Central Asia, among other topics. A. Iran In light […]

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Tajikistan: The Host with the Most….Problems?

Tajikistan: The Host with the Most….Problems?

In honor of Dushanbe's hosting of tomorrow's Shanghai Cooperation Organization 2008 summit, we should discuss the current state of the nation, its struggles and prospects. To help me do this I will use another one of Johannes Linn's, executive director of the Brookings Institution's Wolfensohn Center for Development, pieces he wrote while visiting the region […]

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Reverse the Curse

Reverse the Curse

It seems like every other post I was link dropping Johannes Linn's Brooking Institution pieces on Central Asian's energy, water, and food challenges, but today is the day, my friends, when I actually discuss them! 1. Central Asia's Energy Challenge – In Linn's ‘Central Asia's Energy Challenge; Overcoming the Natural Resource Curse‘ he reports back […]

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Germany Discovers a War in Afghanistan

Germany Discovers a War in Afghanistan

Here in the US, we do not have many discussions about whether our nation is at war in Afghanistan.  It is basically seen as a fact.  After all, we were attacked on our homeland by terrorists from the nation who were backed by its Taliban government at the time.  Only recently, have their been discussions […]

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Links Ahoy!

Today I will provide several links to three or so stories which have been developing for days and sometimes weeks now in the region.  Some aspects have to do with items and themes we have covered, 'soft power’ in Afghanistan, another is an issue or event that I have barely mentioned.  Though I want discuss […]

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Breathing Space for Georgia = Breathing Space for Central Asia?

Breathing Space for Georgia = Breathing Space for Central Asia?

So with one billion dollars in aid combined with a diplomatic visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, featuring many strong rebukes to Russia and a statement arguing for the nation's inclusion in NATO, the US appears to have anted up or at least called Moscow's hand in the Georgia-Russia conflict. Here are couple Cheney quotes […]

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PR Battle: NATO/Afghan Government Vs. The Taliban

For the past year and half the US media has been dominated by the 2008 presidential election. This is in many ways a good thing as we need to know who these candidates are and what they stand for and against, but the coverage has become so saturated that we are starting to miss coverage […]

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Russia in Central Asia: Free Radio, Missile Defense, Migrants Rights

In the past few weeks we have discussed Russian relations and influence in Central Asia in the prism of the recent Georgia-Russian conflict, and for good reason, as the war sent vibrations across the geopolitical landscape, and was especially relevant to former Soviet Republics such as our CA states.  However, before the early August invasions […]

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Tajikistan: Water is Life

Tajikistan: Water is Life

In the midst of the SCO's annual summit and the US Republican Party Presidential Convention both the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune found space on their front pages to discuss Tajikistan's water woes.  Now we have discussed Tajikistan much recently, mainly because of its hosting of the SCO summit, and we have […]

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Russia Isolated in a 21st Century World?

Russia Isolated in a 21st Century World?

Continuing yesterday's discussion of the SCO's joint declaration being very neutral when it came to defending Russia's future and past actions in Georgia; What does this mean for Russia? What does this say about China?  And What does it show about the four Central Asian states in the group and their position in the world?  […]

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The SCO Summit and a 'Foregone Conclusion' for Russia

So the 8th annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit has begun.  The meeting started this morning in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (though China and Tajikistan started bilateral talks days before) and features the head of states of all six members (I wonder if President Hu Jintao will be wearing all of China's 51 gold medals?), top officials from […]

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Wrong and Wrong: Humanitarian Workers and Guantanamo Prisoners

The world is getting better, in some ways slowly, in other ways fast. What I mean by ‘better’ is a more safe and prosperous life for the average world citizen. But the world is also a very challenging place, and ripe with conflict, even in our ‘postmodern’ liberal-democracy-led 21st century. Two cases stemming from Afghanistan, […]

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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.

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Eurasia, American Foreign Policy, Ideology, SCO

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