Geographic Engineering Par for the Central Asian Course

Tajikistan has joined the list of Central Asian countries rumored to be planning to relocate its capital.

The construction of a new international airport in tiny Dangara, 100 kilometers southeast of Dushanbe, has invited speculation that President Emomali Rakhmon plans to relocate the seat of government there, RFE/RL reports.

Continue reading Geographic Engineering Par for the Central Asian Course

Putin Assures Central Asia they Want His Customs Union

The question of whether Russia will try to draw more of Central Asia into the recently christened Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus (CU) was put to rest on May 21. At a meeting of the heads of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) member states, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made clear his intentions to expand the CU further south:

As far as I know, there is not a single member of EurAsEC which would not like to join the work of the Customs Union. We will work with you in this direction.

Continue reading Putin Assures Central Asia they Want His Customs Union