Category Tajikstan

Notes from the Road: Outdoor Adventures in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

CES is back after several weeks on the road!  We enjoyed a weekend exploring the Fan Mountains of Western Tajikistan, hiked the Ala Archa National Park south of Bishkek and explored the natural splendor surrounding the eastern Kyrgyz township of Karakol.  Bathing in the afterglow of these fine adventures, we thought it appropriate to reflect […]

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 protests : How are Central Asia and the Caucasus reacting?

For those who only casually followed events in Ukraine, the trajectory of pro-European protests to full-scale revolution, to the ousting of the President, and now Russian incursions into Crimea are confusing, scary and giving people flashbacks  of a time not so long ago, as the US breaks military ties with Russia and contemplates sanctions. This […]

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 […]

Tajikistan’s Southern Border: Opiate Headwaters

CES recently enjoyed a jaunt along the Tajik-Afghan border from Qalaikhumb to Langar before jumping over the Pamiri Plateau and back to Khorog.  Along the deteriorated road following the Panj River, we were able to speak with a number of locals regarding the opiate trafficking surging north from its headwaters in Afghanistan. The Tajik-Afghan border, […]

China’s New Central Asian Investments: A Quick Guide

China’s been busy lately. The Prime Minister of China, Xi Jinping toured of four of the Central Asian states. The story is well covered, and his tour is just one facet of China’s global resource grab. Earlier this week the news broke that China is renting 1/20th of Ukraine, or an area the size of Armenia, […]

Who Invited Tethys?

Tethys Petroleum, a fairly young oil and natural gas company focusing exclusively on Central Asia, stands poised to alter the geopolitical landscape of the region.  In June it announced a three-way partnership with Total Exploration and Production and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to develop Tajikistan’s Bokhtar Basin covering 35,000 km2 and contains some 27.5 […]