How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads

A pacified Syria is key to the economic integration of Eurasia through energy and transportation connections By Pepe Escobar   Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani will hold a summit this Wednesday in Sochi to discuss Syria. Russia, Turkey and Iran are the three power players at the Astana negotiations – where multiple … Continue reading How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads

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Kazakh organisations form Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association

By Zhazira Dyussembekova in Business ASTANA – In the midst of the worldwide blockchain and cryptocurrencies craze, Kazakhstan has realised the relevancy of the trend like never before. In mid-November, the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association applied for state registration as a legal entity to promote the technology’s ideas and draft legislation in the field. The … Continue reading Kazakh organisations form Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Association

India Considers Its Own ‘Silk Road’, Invites Iran to Join In

India has pitched the idea of a transport corridor to Iran, Russia, the Caucasus region and Central Asia as an alternative to China’s “One Belt, One Road” project The proposed corridor, dubbed North-South, would stretch to Russia via Iran and connect the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean with the Caspian Sea, thus making the Islamic Republic a … Continue reading India Considers Its Own ‘Silk Road’, Invites Iran to Join In

Eurasia – China’s Project of the Century

BEIJING/BERLIN Berlin and Brussels are obstructing China's "New Silk Road" mega project. Last Sunday, the EU refused to sign a declaration pertaining to this project at an international summit in Beijing with representatives from more than 100 countries, including 29 heads of states and governments. Beijing plans to invest trillions in this project to develop … Continue reading Eurasia – China’s Project of the Century

Eurasia Integration: A Three-Speed Affair

Pepe Escobar Europe, relatively integrated, lives today in a de facto two-speed reality. Eurasia integration, a work in progress and with vastly more reach, is for the moment a three-speed process, as seen through the positioning of three Central Asian “stans” Away from the hysterical 24/7 news cycle, Turkmenistan quietly went to the polls. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, … Continue reading Eurasia Integration: A Three-Speed Affair