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Investors Salivating Over Mongolian Energy Resources Mongolia – Place Your Bets?

Sometime in the next 12 months, an energy IPO offering in distant Mongolia already has foreign investors salivating. The darling of the international energy community is coal company Erdenes-Tavan Tolgoi (“Five Hills”) Ltd., popularly known as TT, which has yet to begin operations. To give an idea of the potential foreign interest, analysts believe that […]

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Russia’s Sakhalin-1 Natural Gas Development

Image via Wikipedia SITUATION: In early 2009, Russia inaugurated its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant for East Asia at Sakhalin. After ramping up to three times its initial capacity, it will supply roughly 5% of world LNG. It is currently expected that Japan will receive two-thirds of initial exports with the rest going to […]

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Insignia of the ROC Navy

The Chinese Navy Faces a Critical Watershed as the East Asian Strategic Balance Changes

Image via Wikipedia New strategic brinkmanship by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK); a now-clear determination by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to “more aggressively assert its territorial claims in regional waters”; the near-collapse of Japanese strategic cohesion during 2010; and the increasing signs of US political caution in North-East Asia, all point […]

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Kyrgyzstan Today: The New Administration’s Pressing Problems

KYRGYZSTAN TODAY Kyrgyzstan’s interim government, having toppled the corrupt regime of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in Bishkek on April 7-8, faces many daunting challenges, from the economy gutted by Bakiyev’s insiders to reestablishing security in the country. It is in the interest of the three major outside players there – Russia, U.S. and China, to […]

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Revolution in Central Asia: Who’s Next?

On April 7, 2010 the President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev fled the capital city of Bishkek that was under a state of emergency after antigovernment protesters started clashing with security forces following incidents that started in the Northern city of Talas, close to the Kazakhstan border. By the end of April 7, Radio Free Europe […]

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Moscow Ascending: How Turkey’s New Axis With Russia Affects US Interests

We have, in the past year, entered an entirely new dynamic in Eastern Mediterranean and South-East European strategic affairs. We are in a period and a region in which Russia, not the West, is taking the key initiatives and has much of the advantage. This is particularly significant given that Russian policymaking receives scant attention […]

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Kyrgyzstan: Business, Corruption and the Manas Airbase

(Part 3) Kyrgyzstan’s mass anti-government protests last week were essentially the culmination of more than a decade of disillusionment and dissatisfaction that accumulated in the nation’s political, economic and social spheres from the period of Akayev to his successor Kurmanbek Bakiyev, with virtually every Kyrgyz concerned about rising prices and falling standards of living, both […]

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The Aftermath of the Kyrgyz Revolution – The Lesser Players

(Part 2 in a three-part series) The recent unrest in Kyrgyzstan has largely been portrayed as an epic clash between U.S. and Russian interests. That said, interest in events in Bishkek extend far beyond Kyrgyzstan throughout the regional and one should expect the following voices to add their concerns as the situation evolves. While largely […]

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