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Central Asia’s Silk Road Rivalries

Russia’s and China’s separate visions for Central Asia could transform the region’s political and economic landscape as well as relations between the two Eurasian giants. To the smaller, embryonic Central Asian nation states, the new geopolitical realities could offer both economic prosperity as well as worsening instability and conflict.

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24 Jul 2017
It’s been essentially the Paul Kagame show [in Rwanda] for the last two decades, and not too many people see that changing. Voice of America

Murithi Mutiga

Senior Analyst, Horn of Africa
23 Jul 2017
Violence [in Israel] is likely to worsen absent a major policy shift. Netanyahu’s mistake was installing the metal detectors without a Muslim interlocutor. The Guardian

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
20 Jul 2017
Whatever Saudi Arabia's current view of the Muslim Brotherhood in other countries, in Yemen they are natural allies against the Houthi-Saleh alliance. Reuters

April Longley Alley

Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula
15 Jul 2017
The Iran-Iraq war was the formative experience for all of Iran’s leaders. From [commander of the Iranian Quds Force General Qassim] Suleimani all the way down. It was their ‘never again’ moment. The New York Times

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
13 Jul 2017
We are already seeing signs that [attempts by ISIS remnants to influence and win over groups opposed to General Khalifa Haftar in Libya] may have already happened. AP

Claudia Gazzini

Senior Analyst, Libya
11 Jul 2017
The questions for Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are: Was this the best way to signal their discontent? Was the decision to isolate Qatar the right one? And, perhaps most importantly ― what is the way out? Huffington Post

Robert Malley

Vice President for Policy

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Central Asia’s Silk Road Rivalries

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