Iran's admission to SCO means for its members to declare readiness to confront West

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Bishkek will be the first big political event for newly elected President of Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani. The bilateral negotiations with the Russian and Chinese Presidents to be held on the sidelines of the summit are not expected to result in adoption of very important decisions. But perhaps they will help President Rouhani in understanding the prospects of Iran in this Organization and make the necessary adjustments in the foreign policy of Tehran, Igor Pankratenko, expert on Iran and Central Asia, Candidate of Historical Sciences, member of the expert community “Russian Intelligence Network”, said in an exclusive interview with CA-News. READ MORE

Interview: Xi's visit to reaffirm China's policy toward Kazakhstan: Kazakh expert

Chinese President Xi Jinping will stress the continuity of Beijing's policy toward Kazakhstan during his first state visit to the Central Asian country on Saturday, a Kazakh expert said. READ MORE

China, What's Next?

By Joshua Kucera

When Tajikistan announced in January that it was giving some of its territory to neighbouring China, the news raised eyebrows around Central Asia. Not because the land itself was significant—it was just 1000 square kilometres of mountainous, uninhabited territory—but because it served as a symbol of what many Central Asians fear is a slow, steady takeover of their countries. READ MORE

Kazakhstan and China will jointly fight against «three evils»

Nursultan Nazarbayev commented on China's strategy for Central Asia which was voiced by President of China Xi Jinping in Akorda. READ MORE


In the fifth republic of media attention is still focused on the fugitive oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov from Asia, accused in several high-profile crimes. READ MORE

Opinion: the rise of China and the inevitable decline of the US

By Chas W. Freeman Jr.

China is on the rise. Its GDP will soon exceed that of the United States, and it aspires to be acknowledged as a great world power. It is flexing its military muscle in ways that challenge the effective hegemony America has exercised in the Western Pacific region since the end of the Second World War. READ MORE

Ambassador: USA and Uzbekistan equally interested in strengthening security in Central Asia

The United States of America and Uzbekistan are equally interested in strengthening security in Central Asia and furthering the prosperity of the region, the U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan George Krol told the country's media outlets on Wednesday. READ MORE

Russia’s Middle-East End Game, at the Hands of the Post-Soviet Grandmaster

By Dmitri Trenin

Why Putin believes U.S. policies in the Middle East since the Arab Spring have been misguided, unprincipled, and dangerous. READ MORE

Re-engaging Washington

By Dhruva Jaishankar

America looks distracted. Why Delhi should take the lead. READ MORE


By Alina Kantor

In the case around the former head of BTA Bank Ablyazova new twist. Investigation Chamber of the Court of Appeal the French city of Aix-en-Provence refused to meet his request for release from custody. Decisions on extradition, he will wait in detention. According to the lawyer of ex-banker, the court "found insufficient" ensure that the former head of BTA Bank, if released, will not leave the territory of France. In addition, the court "is not sure that the security Ablyazova will be better ensured if he would be released." READ MORE