Tajikistan

Memoir | 9/11 shifted the world. In Central Asia, diplomatic frenzy ensued

Richard E. Hoagland for Eurasianet September 10, 2021

Behind the scenes with an American negotiator who helped forge a radical new level of US engagement in Central Asia after 9/11.

Process to admit Iran into Shanghai Cooperation Organisation ‘set to begin’

bne IntelIiNews September 9, 2021

Islamic Republic applied to join as far back as 2008 but sanctions have hindered its path. Move to obtain membership may still meet additional obstacles.

Afghans, Iranians in Tehran protest against Pakistani backing for a Taliban Afghanistan

bne IntelIiNews September 7, 2021

Hundreds descend on Pakistani Embassy. Iranian foreign ministry says reports Islamabad bombed Panjshir Valley resistance forces are under investigation.

Intense fighting in Afghanistan's Panjshir between Taliban and NRF rebel forces

bne IntelIiNews September 7, 2021

Intense fighting continues in the northern Afghanistan province of Panjshir, where rebel forces are resisting the Taliban takeover.

Unpacking Eurasia’s role in the Afghanistan evacuation

Eurasianet September 3, 2021

Most of the countries Eurasianet covers were involved in the airlift. Some even contributed troops during the 20-year war.

The crushing weight of China’s debt burden on Eurasia

bne IntelIiNews September 1, 2021

Emerging European economies were already facing heavy debt burdens before the pandemic. Now it’s worse. Several countries in Eurasia and Emerging Europe are struggling to pay off huge loans they took from China.

Thousands of Afghan refugees ‘crossing largely unpoliced border into Iran every day’

bne IntelIiNews August 31, 2021

European officials aware that 2015 migrant crisis reshaped global politics quick to offer Afghanistan’s neighbours millions to at least temporarily host people who have fled the Taliban.

Only tough options for Afghans looking to escape north or west

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 29, 2021

The UNHCR has estimated half a million could attempt to flee Taliban rule by year-end, but Central Asia, Iran and Turkey will prove far from welcoming.

IS suicide bombers kill 60 and injure over hundred in Kabul airport attack

bne IntelIiNews August 27, 2021

Horrific scenes after suicide bombers detonate devices in crowds thronging entrance to airport.

Perspectives | Taliban’s triumph threatens Beijing’s Eurasia plans

Srdjan Uljevic for Eurasianet August 26, 2021

Afghanistan will test China’s vision for itself.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Revisiting jihadism and why it’s ‘next stop, China’

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 25, 2021

US exit from Afghanistan is brewing up a Salafi storm in which Turkey’s Syria militants could play a role.

Russia moves to take control of Afghan talks after Taliban takeover

bne IntelIiNews August 20, 2021

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has proposed to restart the “Moscow format” talks with the Taliban.

Interview: Afghanistan’s ambassador to Tajikistan rejects Taliban rule

Kamila Ibragimova for Eurasianet August 18, 2021

Zahir Aghbar has pledged his allegiance to the self-declared caretaker president and Taliban foe, Amrullah Saleh.

As Taliban regime takes shape, Central Asia and Iran assess fate of Afghanistan investments

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Kanat Shaku in Almaty, Will Conroy in Prague August 16, 2021

The future of plans for a gas pipeline, trade links to South Asian ports, power transmission lines and railways will remain up in the air until the direction of the new Afghan regime is clear.

Afghan president reported to have fled with helicopters full of cash amid chaotic scenes at airport

Ben Aris in Berlin August 16, 2021

Taliban appear to be standing back to allow the evacuation effort, while fear grips Kabul.

President flees as Kabul falls to Taliban

Ben Aris in Berlin August 15, 2021

Kabul fell to Taliban forces on August 15 with almost no fighting, completing the Islamic fundamentalists' recapture of Afghanistan in just six weeks since the US pulled out.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Nato training for Afghans in Turkey gives off a “Syria” odour

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 14, 2021

Fresh wave of migrants from Afghanistan crossing Turkish border will, meanwhile, only add grist to the mill of Europe’s populists.

Central Asia and Afghanistan: Enemies at the gate?

Chris Rickleton for Eurasianet August 14, 2021

The Taliban has assured the region’s governments that it has no designs on them, but can it keep more hostile groups in check?

Bellingcat finds climate change may have played role in triggering Tajik-Kyrgyz border clashes

Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 5, 2021

Satellite imagery shows seasonal rains “slowed to a trickle”, with time-lapse imaging showing “thick, dense fields in 2019 followed by sparse, patchy land in 2020”.

Climate change is shortening Central Asia’s growing season – study

Eurasianet July 27, 2021

It’s bad news for plans to expand farming, but even worse for herders.

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