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Digital Central Asia: State of the Art

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how vital digital technologies are in our life. Unforeseen technological consequences of lockdown and quarantine measures caught unaware both peoples and governments. They also tested the readiness and capabilities of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and digital services of countries since a large part of […]


Potential Consequences of the China-India Border Dispute

The border dispute that started on May 5, 2020, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the border of China and India, the two most populous countries in the world, cause the existing tensions in Beijing-New Delhi relations to increase again. In particular, on June 15, 2020, a clash […]


Belarus and its Strategic Allies

The presidential election in Belarus caused countrywide mass protests due to claims of fraud. The excessive state response and repressions towards protesters drew criticism in the Western countries, mainly those that refused to recognize Alexander Lukashenko as president. The United States and the European Union (EU) called for economic sanctions. […]


European Union – China Cooperation: Values versus Trade

On September 14, 2020, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Charles Michel, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen conducted negotiations with Chinese President Xi Jinping via video conference. This high-level online meeting took place instead of a summit to be held in Leipzig, where the leaders of […]


Landlocked Developing Countries and Covid-19 Pandemic

In January 2020, Kazakhstan took the chairmanship in the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) group of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) for 2020-2021 [KazTAG, 2020]. This group within the UNCTAD is designed to promote the interests of 32 developing landlocked states because being a landlocked country is considered to […]


Overview of China’s “Mask Diplomacy”

During the annual session of the UN General Assembly in September 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump blamed China for the spread of coronavirus. Considering that his claims were voiced out not for the first time, Chinese President Xi Jinping in his recorded speech responded by calling to reject the attempts […]


Challenges for Central Asian Economies

Central Asian economies highly depend on revenues from mineral resources and migrant remittances. This fact is a major disadvantage, which regional governments try to address. However, many programs of industrialization insignificantly contributed to economic diversification. As a result, following the oil shock that coincided with the Ukrainian crisis, the region […]


Shinzo Abe’s Legacy: Political and Economic Dimensions

At the end of August 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation due to the deterioration of his health caused by chronic ulcerative colitis. As Abe explained, he did not want his worsening health to affect important policy decisions and therefore stepped down [BBC, 2020]. Abe was in […]


Natural Disasters in China and Shift in the Global Grain Market

The year 2020 has been a tough year for China. In addition to the COVID-19 virus that first emerged in Wuhan, Hubei province, causing a global pandemic, China was hit by the most devastating flood since 1998 that affected many major cities and provinces in the Yangtze River valley and […]


The Wolf Economy of Mongolia

Over the past 28 years, Mongolia traveled a long and complicated journey upon the path of transformation from a state-planned economy to a market economy. At the present moment, being the most up-and-coming market for both East Asian and Western Pacific regions, Mongolia has been developing dynamically and consistently. In […]