Erdogan sees China as a partner for the future

Even as a US-Turkey stand-off cools, the Turkish leader is pursuing China as a long-term hedge against the West By Burcu Karakaş “We are facing an economic war. Do not worry, we will win it,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during the presentation of his 100-day action plan in August, as a currency crisis … Continue reading Erdogan sees China as a partner for the future

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How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia

That’s irreversible. The dogs of demonization, containment, sanctions and even war may bark all they want, but the Eurasia integration caravan keeps moving along.

Russia is keen to push economic integration with parts of Asia and this fits in with China's Belt and Road Initiative By PEPE ESCOBAR The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for some time. This week the policy was presented at the Council of Ministers and … Continue reading How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia

Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence

The House of Saud's ties to the Khashoggi slaying are being milked by the Turkish President for maximum benefit amid debate on leadership of the Islamic world and how the crisis may affect US and Saudi strategy in the Middle East By Pepe Escobar It was packaged as a stark, graphic message, echoing across Eurasia: … Continue reading Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence

India making inroads in Central Asia

Central Asia is India’s natural companion in every respect

By Abhishek Mohanty The year 2018 is ending on a high note for India. With the recent visits of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to India and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s to Tajikistan, India is clearly showing its keenness to engage with Central Asian countries. Early next year, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will be visiting … Continue reading India making inroads in Central Asia

China stakes out a role for itself in post-war Syria

As Syria's civil war winds down, China is looking to establish itself as an economic, and possibly military, partner for the post-war period By Logan Pauley In recent weeks China has offered indications of a future role in Syria, comprising not only infrastructure investment and trade as the conflict appears to wind down, but also … Continue reading China stakes out a role for itself in post-war Syria