Dictators without Borders combats the myth of Central Asia as a deeply traditional region isolated from international financial and legal systems.
Central Asian states are looking to balance Moscow and Beijing, rather than switch masters.
Russia's goal in promoting the Eurasia Economic Union was not to recreate the Soviet Union, but simply to give it some leverage over China and its One Belt One Road strategy. And it looks like it will work.
Russia is more and more seeing China’s push West as an opportunity rather than a threat.
Diplomats at the G20 summit in Hamburg managed to cobble together a compromise text promising not to resort to trade protectionism, but whether this will eliminate the threat of trade wars remains to be seen.