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Galiya Ibragimova

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Galiya Ibragimova is a consultant at the Moscow-based PIR Center, a Russian think tank.

27.02.2017

Political rivalry in Central Asia could be a headache for the Kremlin

Political rivalry in Central Asia could be a headache for the Kremlin

Increased competition on the post-Soviet space – especially between Uzbekistan and its close neighbors - might have implications for Russia’s foreign policy in Central Asia

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25.01.2017

What policy will Trump pursue in Central Asia?

What policy will Trump pursue in Central Asia?

While the U.S. has announced intentions to pull back from the world scene, any sign that Russia or China is gaining too much influence in Central Asia could force the hand of the Trump administration

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30.12.2016

Central Asia: Challenges and opportunities in 2016

Central Asia: Challenges and opportunities in 2016

As geopolitical tensions flared in the Middle East throughout the year, Central Asia took on a more prominent role. However, internal political and economic issues continue to hold Central Asia back from reaching its full potential

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30.12.2016

What threats will Russia and the world face in 2017?

What threats will Russia and the world face in 2017?

As 2016 comes to an end, pundits are coming up with gloomy forecasts for 2017 based on the wide range of geopolitical threats currently facing Russia and the world

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14.11.2016

Trump's victory, counter-terrorism, and the Ildar Dadin case

Trump's victory, counter-terrorism, and the Ildar Dadin case

Russian media roundup: Republican Donald Trump becomes the 45th U.S. president, the Russian Federal Security Service prevents terror attacks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and Mikheil Saakashvili leaves his post as Odessa region governor

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08.11.2016

The United States will elect a one-term president

The United States will elect a one-term president

Russian political analysts view the upcoming four years as a tumultuous period for the next U.S. president, whether it’s Clinton or Trump

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12.10.2016

Iran's next president likely to chart reformist, 'pro-Western' course

Iran's next president likely to chart reformist, 'pro-Western' course

Current president Hassan Rouhani seems to be well on his way to a second term in Iran, now that his two biggest political opponents appear to have abandoned their presidential bid

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13.09.2016

Post-Karimov Uzbekistan: Future scenarios

Post-Karimov Uzbekistan: Future scenarios

For now, it appears that Uzbekistan will follow the path established by Islam Karimov and embrace the status quo under the new interim president. But that could change after snap presidential elections in December

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06.09.2016

Uzbekistan prepares for a future without Islam Karimov

Uzbekistan prepares for a future without Islam Karimov

President Islam Karimov led the development of an independent Uzbekistan for a quarter of a century. Now the country must embrace a new, more uncertain future

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30.08.2016

Russia and Iran, ready to give their relationship another try

Russia and Iran, ready to give their relationship another try

In order to boost its position as a significant player in the Middle East, Moscow should pay more attention to the concerns of regional actors such as Iran

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19.08.2016

Turkey's plans for Central Asia now include Russia

Turkey's plans for Central Asia now include Russia

Turkey is looking to gain greater leadership influence in Eurasia, and serve as a bridge between Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. That might explain why Turkey’s relations with Russia are so important

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18.08.2016

Understanding the revival of American interest in Central Asia

Understanding the revival of American interest in Central Asia

Debates: The new C5+1 format being established to strengthen cooperation between Washington and the countries of Central Asia could have implications for the future balance of power in the region

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02.08.2016

The cloud of the Ukraine crisis still hangs over Afghanistan

The cloud of the Ukraine crisis still hangs over Afghanistan

Despite the obvious incentive for both Russia and NATO to cooperate in the fight against the growing threat of ISIS in Afghanistan, there is little chance of any coordination in the near future

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18.07.2016

Kazakhstan finally forced to confront the threat of radical Islam

Kazakhstan finally forced to confront the threat of radical Islam

After series of arrests in the winter followed by additional attacks and plots this spring and summer, Kazakh authorities can no longer deny that Islamic terrorism is a problem in the country

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30.06.2016

After 15 years, the SCO is ready to expand

After 15 years, the SCO is ready to expand

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will continue dealing mainly with security and economic issues, although there are doubts about how effective it will be once India and Pakistan join in 2017

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04.12.2015

Central Asia: The new Great Game is all about economic power

Central Asia: The new Great Game is all about economic power

Starting in 2016, a number of competing transportation projects could begin to take shape in Central Asia, including projects from China, Russia and the U.S. Could they lead to geopolitical discord in the region?

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26.11.2015

What the world should be thankful for in 2015

What the world should be thankful for in 2015

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Russia Direct asked foreign policy experts about the events and trends that the international community should be thankful for in 2015

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11.11.2015

Russia's big fear: Migrant workers become ISIS militants

Russia's big fear: Migrant workers become ISIS militants

The number of illegal migrants in Russia is close to 4 million, and that’s leading to concerns that difficult socio-economic conditions for these migrants could make them potential recruits for ISIS

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03.11.2015

The US eyes Central Asia as a new front in the battle against ISIS

The US eyes Central Asia as a new front in the battle against ISIS

The U.S. will help Central Asia do battle against Afghan terrorists – but will they succeed without Russia’s assistance?

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18.08.2015

Inside the latest Russian maneuverings on Iran deal

Inside the latest Russian maneuverings on Iran deal

A month after the signing of the Vienna agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, the foreign ministers of Russia and Iran met in Moscow to discuss the actual implementation of the plan

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