Q&As: Central Asia
The Influence of China and Russia in Central Asia
With U.S. and NATO troops preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, the influence in Central Asia of other international actors will become increasingly important for regional stability and security. NBR talked with Stephen Blank (Strategic Studies Institute) about what China’s and Russia’s roles are in Central Asia, how their rivalry and strategies have changed over the past decade, and how a diminished U.S. presence will affect this critical region.
The Revenge of Geography and the Asia-Pacific
In his new book, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Robert Kaplan (Stratfor Global Intelligence) contends current global conflicts, including wars, political instability, and clashes over religion, can be better understood and even forecasted through close examination of the maps that chart our world. In this Q&A, NBR’s Abraham Denmark asks Kaplan how this theory relates to the Asia-Pacific, and what challenges geography will play for the United States’ policy toward the region.
Asia’s Rise and U.S. Grand Strategy
To preview the forthcoming Strategic Asia volume on Asia’s rising powers, India and China, NBR spoke with Strategic Asia Research Director and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ashley J. Tellis. Tellis argues that Asia continues to encounter challenges in many areas despite economic advancement and that an effective U.S. grand strategy is necessary to face the complex international environment in a time of globalization.
One Year After Ethnic Riots in Kyrgyzstan: What Has Changed?
Central Asia scholar Eric McGlinchey, a National Asia Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at George Mason University describes current conditions in Kyrgyzstan as encouraging. Although some troubling factors still remain, the outlook for Kyrgyzstan has greatly improved since the 2010 riots. This Q&A builds on Dr. McGlinchey’s article in Asia Policy 12, “Exploring Regime Instability and Ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan.”
The Role of Natural Gas in the Asia-Pacific Energy Future
Natural gas is playing an increasingly important role in providing cleaner energy for Asia-Pacific countries, but bringing the energy market into the future is a challenging task. In advance of the 2011 Pacific Energy Summit, “Unlocking the Potential of Natural Gas in the Asia-Pacific,” NBR asked Mikkal Herberg, research director for Asian energy security, to explain the importance of natural gas in Asia and the challenges facing policymakers and energy resource developers.