Category Central Asia

CES Explainer: Kyrgyzstan’s Manas air base – why it’s closing and what it means

For the past 12 years, the Manas Transit Center was the main route for US troops and supplies into Afghanistan. It was somewhat dramatically called the “Gateway to Afghanistan on the Freedom Frontier”. The base is located near the main civilian airport in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, approximately 30 minutes outside of its capital city, Bishkek. On […]

Western Media & Pop Culture’s Casual Racism Against Eurasian Peoples

Turkic peoples, people from the Caucasus and the Central Asian states in general are portrayed terribly in the media, when they get any screen time at all. Watching Scandal on Netflix really set me off recently. There is a scene in which the fictional First Lady describes why she wants more for her daughters, and […]

Euromaidan’s Impacts on Central Asian Economies

Russia’s swift seizure of Crimea shocked the international community.  Undoubtedly, the events reverberated louder still in the Former Soviet nations of Central Asia.  Like Ukraine, many sit on Russian doorstep and rely heavily on their big brother to the north for trade, host sizeable ethnically Russian populations and share a history of Soviet leadership.  The […]

A Guide to Conflict in the North Caucasus

The Caucasus are restive. In the North Caucasus conflicts, according to International Crisis Group: “Overall in 2011, more than 750 security personnel, insurgents and civilians were killed and at least 628 were injured in the region. In the first nine months of 2012, 574 people were killed and 422 wounded.” There are active terrorist groups, […]

In memoriam – Dr. Alexandros Petersen

I am completely devastated today to hear that Dr. Alexandros Petersen was killed in the attack on Kabul this weekend. Alex Petersen was a mentor and friend, who provided support and encouragement of all our work at Central Eurasia Standard and in our professional lives. Alex’s brain never stopped, and his passion for the region was […]

10 Reasons the US Foreign Policy Community Can’t Afford to Ignore Eurasia

2014 is bound to be a year of pundits asking, ad nauseam, ‘What’s next for Afghanistan?” It’s an important question, especially with Iraq currently providing a harrowing harbinger of what can go wrong after a drawdown of US forces.  However, in the din surrounding the pull-out from Afghanistan, questions about strategy for the larger Central […]

Back in the USSR: The Rise and Demise of the Eurasian Union by Casey Michel

A CES Analysis Guest Post by Casey Michel Our thanks to Casey for contributing this great article (PDF), which tracks the rise and fall of Putin’s much-vaunted Eurasian Union – before it even really began. The founding members of the forth-coming Eurasian Union will include Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, but the union looks set to come […]