Economic Dreams and Geopolitical Realities: How will the India-China-Russian Dynamic Unfold in Greater Central Asia?
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Greater Central Asia (GCA) has undertaken various efforts to reshape the political and economic landscape of Asia. This has driven a process by which old equations in areas such as energy supply networks, security doctrines and government-civilian relations to name but a few, are being re-examined. The shift in the balance of power on the Asian continent, coupled with technological innovation and economic recalibration has triggered a myriad of changes – not least through the actions of new, and remerging players throughout GCA and its neighboring regions. This chapter focuses on the ways in which the strategic calculation of traditional great powers echo and build upon the policy position of the past, and feed into a process of geopolitical reinvention. Specifically, the focus is on Russia, China and India – this is not to disregard or overlook the initiatives or agency of the GCA states themselves nor those of regional powers, such as Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, but rather to reflect upon the policy trajectories of states which view themselves as global powers and how their strategies intertwine at the heart of Asia.
Water as a Political Security Tool: The Himalaya’s Strategic Conundrum
Abstract Fresh water has no substitute, and its availability has been declining sharply around the globe. In Asia, China’s role as a multidirectional and trans-border water provider is debatable. Analysis […]
Managing Connectivity Conflict: EU-India Cooperation and China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Executive Summary Connectivity initiatives are the latest geopolitical tool for advancing influence in international relations and diplomacy. Against the backdrop of an emerging connectivity conflict, the responsibility is on likeminded […]
Japan’s Opaque Energy Policy toward Russia: Is Abe Being Trumped by Putin?
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with his self-proclaimed deep trust in President Vladimir Putin, has made striking a historic deal on improving Japan-Russia relations a priority. The Abe administration’s […]
Mahathir: Uighurs “have done nothing wrong”
Horror stories have trickled out of China’s Xinjiang province for years. Now research points to a flood of human suffering and disturbing human rights abuses. Yet with threats of China’s economic retribution, […]
The New Asia
Abstract Current global health and economic crises mark another inflection point for a rapidly transforming Asia, which is characterized by the rise of a more geographically expansive, multi-polar, and polycentric […]
British Naval Activities in the South China Sea: a Double-Edged sword?
Since early 2019 the UK’s Royal Navy has increased its joint military exercises with the US Navy in the South China Sea. In mid-January the Royal Navy frigate Argyll and […]