Georgia’s East-West Highway can become a backbone of China's One Belt One Road initiative, but Tbilisi needs a very pragmatic approach coupled with smart policies to benefit from being part of the reinvented Silk Road.
It has become something of a truism that among the Euro-Atlantic aspirants, Georgia is the “leader of the pack” in terms of political and civil reforms, but reform fires have faded somewhat and the coals need stoking.
The cooperation between Moscow and Tehran has been strengthened as Russia’s Middle East role grows and both powers find themselves squeezed by US sanctions. But they remain geopolitical rivals. And that hampers their partnership potential.
Uzbekistan's new President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met his counterpart US President Donald Trump in Washington on May 16 where his reforms were praised. But how far as the most populous country in Central Asia actually come?
Wracked by revolutions and crippled by poverty, Kyrgyzstan nonetheless created the conditions for Bishkek’s Dordoi bazaar to become a giant trading hub for the Eurasian region.