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The five independent states of Central Asia that
emerged after the dissolution of the Soviet Union are being courted and
pressured by the globe’s key powers in a contemporary version of the 19th
century’s Great Game in the region – this time over their vast energy resources.
With the death of Uzbekistan’s president, growing unrest in Tajikistan, an unclear succession plan in Kazakhstan and recent terror attacks in Kyrgyzstan, instability across Central Asia has now become a distinct possibility. The geographical proximity of Afghanistan and the intersecting interests of foreign powers in the region make the situation more difficult.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Russia plans to set up military maintenance bases in Afghanistan to service the Afghan army’s weapons and hardware when Nato pulls out in 2014. It is in Russia’s interest that the region on its southern borders remains stable. But Russia fears that the withdrawal of Nato troops could lead to militant Islamic groups extending their reach into neighbouring countries ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Russia is desperate to maintain dominance over its supply of gas to Europe. This special report examines Moscow’s divide-and-conquer strategy with which it aims to ensure control over gas supply to Europe by undermining projects outside its control while cutting deals which offer preferential treatment should Europe sign up to projects of its own making.