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In five years, #JoeBiden will likely get the #NobelPeacePrize. But not because he did anything proactively for peace.

It is because a #Multipolar World will be more peaceful than a unipolar one, and Biden has done more than anyone else (albeit unwittingly) to further that. (1/n)
The US-led #sanctions against #Russia in response to the #UkraineRussiaWar have forced countries around the world to abandon the US dollar as a medium of trade. This is forcing the rest of the world (non-West) together. Banning Russia from #swift was most important in this. (2/n)
#India and #China desperately need oil. Because of sanctions, Russia is providing oil at cheap rates to both. Russia has now become India's largest source of oil, displacing Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Chinese imports of Russian oil have also zoomed upwards. (3/n)
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China's “Pearl of Strings" Vs Bharat's “Diamond Necklace"!

Modern day wars are not to conquer Land Parcels, but to control Trade & Economies!

#China was lucky to be given a Free Hand by #UPA govt of CONgress which literally slept over Strategic Issues.

#China increased it's presence in Indian Ocean rampantly till 2014 through its Debt Trap Diplomacy to suit it's #StringsOfPearls strategy to contain Bharat's hold in Indian Ocean.

It created a ring around Bharat through strategically placed Nations.

How was it being done?

Via debt-trap policy! China lured strategically located nations around #Bharat to borrow Infra Loans. Once indebted, #China pressurized them to support its Geostrategic interests. This way, China got Control over Chittagong
(Bangladesh),Karachi &Gwadar Port(Pakistan) and...

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1.❗️ #Russia bypassing sanctions receives key technologies for the war in #Ukraine through third countries, #Bloomberg.

According to the publication, Russian imports in general have largely returned to pre-war levels in 2020, and an analysis of trade⬇️…
2. data suggests that modern chips and integrated circuits produced in the #EU and other allied countries are being supplied to #Russia via third countries such as #Turkey, #UAE and #Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is a key example. In 2022, the country exported⬇️…
3. $3.7 million worth of advanced semiconductors to #Russia, up from just $12,000 the year before the war.

In the period from 2017 to 2021, the #RussianFederation annually bought advanced chips and integrated circuits for an average of 163 million dollars from the #EU,⬇️ Image
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The #RussianUkrainianWar should serve as an occasion to delete the "#Eurasia" label from #areastudies. Unless it geologically denotes the entire Euro-Asiatic continent, "Eurasia" has #protofascist connotations. #Eurasianism was the Russian version of the #ConservativeRevolution.
PS: "#CentralEurasianStudies" seems to be ok if it denotes #CentralAsia, which can be seen to be in the center of both Asia and Eurasia, understood as continents rather than cultural realms.
PPS: See, on the similarities between #classicalEurasianism and the #ConservativeRevolution, the relevant papers by, above all, #LeonidLuks, but also by #MarleneLaruelle, #MartinBeisswenger, #StefanWiederkehr, #MarkBassin and other experts on Russian political thought.
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#CentralAsia: Kyrgyzstan is about to introduce stricter rules on the use of the Kyrgyz language in parliamentary activity (switch to Kyrgyz). The new legislation was adopted in the first reading. Although the constitution stipulates that Kyrgyz is the state language and ⤵️
Russia is official, the dominant language in parliament appears to be Russian. The de-Russification of the activity of the Kyrgyz legislator is not only a linguistic measure but a shift of the political elites towards linguistic sovereignty.⤵️
Some could see in it the echo of decolonization, triggered by the Russian aggression against Ukraine, which was motivated, and others by the protection of Russian-speakers.
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#CentralAsia: Kazakhstan is limiting the 90-day visa-free regime for foreigners to 180 days. It excludes the possibility of renewing the stay simply by leaving and returning to Kazakhstan after the expiration of 90 days. This measure will affect the Russians the most.⤵️
More than 100,000 have flocked to Kazakhstan, especially after the partial mobilization in the fall of 2022. This revision of the visa-free regime will make it possible to prevent the prolonged stay of Russians without a residence permit in Kazakhstan. Although with the⤵️
arrival of the Russians, remittances grew up to 13 times (~70 million euros), if they are not integrated into the legal and labor sphere, they could become a future social problem. Kazakhstan is further calibrating its domestic policies to prevent⤵️
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#Russia’s attack on #Ukraine has put tremendous strain on the @OSCE.

Yet the organisation has unique value for European & Eurasian security.

With foreign ministers meeting in #Lodz tomorrow, here is how states can preserve the #OSCE:

Russia’s attack on Ukraine challenges the #OSCE’s viability as an organisation built to promote cooperative security arrangements between Russia and the West.
The situation is quite dire: the war has reinforced political blockages and upended #OSCE’s field operations in #Ukraine.

Some observers predict the organisation’s demise, citing its inability to promote security in Europe.
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Six essential books to help understand how the current crisis in the region known as #Xinjiang emerged. These overlooked, multidisciplinary works, published before the current crisis, range from history to anthropology to political science. #Uyghurs #Centralasia #China #Islam
Obviously I think you should read my book too! It explains how the goals of #China's ethnic policy shifted from gradual to rapid assimilation, exacerbating insecurity and cycles of violence between Han Chinese, #Uyghurs, and the state in #Xinjiang.…
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How did agricultural land use upstream of the Aral Sea change in the last three decades? Here is our new #openaccess paper in @IOPenvironment: “Post-Soviet changes in cropping practices in the irrigated drylands of the Aral Sea basin”:… (1/n)
The study area covers 650 000 km2 of drylands in #CentralAsia, covering #Uzbekistan, #Turkmenistan, and #Tajikistan and including the entire #AmuDarya and parts of the #SyrDarya basins. (2/n) Figure 1. Study area with provincial boundaries in Uzbekista
We computed seasonal spectral temporal metrics from the entire #Landsat archive (1987 to 2019) to produce annual maps of cropping practices using #GoogleEarthEngine #GEE. (3/n) Figure 2. Workflow.
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Bit of an overview on 🇨🇳 #China's press work on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. 🧵 The cover page of the People's Daily feautures two letters send by Xi Jinping respectively to 🇰🇿 #Kazakhstan and 🇺🇿 #Uzbekistan and reported by local media. #CentralAsia as the main topic.
This is the English version of Xi's article on Kazakhstan-China🇨🇳🇰🇿 relations on investments, connectivity projects, cultural cooperation, BRI connected with Global Development Initiative, and Global Security Initiative with focus of data security.…
Here the article on Sino-Uzbekistani🇨🇳🇺🇿 relations: investment, connectivity (CKU railway "well under way"), culture (Confucius institute, Luban workshops), Covid vaccine/health, BRI/GDI, GSI connected to Afghanistan here.…
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Ambassador of #Kazakhstan Margulan Baymukhan held talks with the heads of Norditube Technologies (Belgium) and Faymonville (Luxembourg), who are considering opportunities to develop their business in the market of Kazakhstan and #CentralAsia
At a meeting in Liege, Fabrice Piro, Production Director of Norditube Technologies, one of the world's leading suppliers of technologies for trenchless pipe restoration, noted the company's intention to establish long-term cooperation with../2
..Kazakh partners to develop the markets of Central Asia. It is noted that the high-tech solutions of the Belgian company reduce the cost of restoring utility networks by more than half.
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The #UN has approved the construction of a Center for Sustainable Development Goals for #CentralAsia and #Afghanistan in Almaty

On August 19, the XVII meeting of the secretaries of the Security Councils of the #SCO member states took place in #Tashkent.
In addition to the exchange of views on countering terrorism and organized crime, it was noted that in order to preserve peace and security in the SCO region, it is necessary to resolve the situation in Afghanistan as soon as possible.
The participants called for the establishment of this country as an independent, unified, democratic and peaceful State, free from terrorism, war and drugs.
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I agree 100% with what President @ZelenskyyUa stated again.
There can be no discussion, let alone negotiation, with Putin's #Russia until its forces are driven out of the entire #Donbass and #Crimea.
Some elements in this recap #thread.
1 First, any proposal by Putin in this sense is a ruse—he is stalling in #Ukraine and he knows it. He's trying to hold on to what he has, before replenishing his forces and going on the offensive again.
Let's not give in.
2 Given the massive crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine by Putin, accepting negotiations would implicitly mean wiping the slate clean on these imprescriptible crimes.
This is Putin's goal—we gave in to #Syria. Let's not do it for #Ukraine.
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What if there's a war tomorrow? How the defense industry of Kazakhstan lives. Part I

There are two types of defense industry enterprises in Kazakhstan. Due to the specifics of each company, they do not advertise themselves particularly.

The first type includes those organizations and factories that #Kazakhstan has inherited from #USSR. This is the production of torpedoes, large-caliber machine guns, components and components for aviation equipment, as well as breathing apparatus for military aviation. /2
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"We are doing trade-free projects and trying to make humans aware of how fucked up this society is, while doing so from inside the monster itself. We face a lot of hurdles. We struggle. But whoever is against this society, has to face those." -- Tio…
Why we need a new kind of education: Imagination Studies | Aeon Essays…
#MythopoeticCognition, #ImaginationStudies, #KnowledgeOrganization, #SenseMaking, #EducationalSystems
Literal Sponge Cake, and Other Creative Confections by LowIQ | Spoon & Tamago…
#CreativeConfections, #CulinaryExperience, #JapaneseArt
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🚨🇺🇦🇷🇺 #UkraineRussiaWar could spillover into other areas: hot-spots are #Ganja #Zangezur #Lachin in #Azerbaijan & #Armenia 🇦🇿🇦🇲. Caucasus is critical for 🇪🇺🇹🇷 to circumvent Russia 🇷🇺 while still trading with Asia. However 🇷🇺has troops there since 2020 ceasefire.

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#Russia🇷🇺 is run by an increasingly paranoid & violent leader. As Moscow is cut-off from the international system due to sanctions, it is rapidly losing its strategic role as a transit country between Asia & Europe in China’s🇨🇳multi-billion #BeltRoadInitiative (in-land) . . .
A million containers, previously rail-transported via Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 & Russia 🇷🇺, have to find alternative routes to reach🇪🇺markets. Hundreds of thousands of trucks are also deviating southwards (#MiddleCorridor) with increased traffic/queues reported on🇷🇺🇬🇪&🇷🇺🇦🇿&🇹🇷🇧🇬borders . . .
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THREAD on #Multivectorism [MV] in international relations - and #CentralAsia. It is full of chaotic thinking and five unanswered questions. Criticism and comments will be much appreciated.
Working imperative of [MV]: maintain positive or at least not-conflict relations with all relevant actors.
The main question: to what extent does the concept of balanced and diversified relationships overlap with “balanced and diversified external dependency”?
Assumptions about Central Asia:
A1: as land-locked, it is dependent on an external env
A2: main purpose of [MV]: avoid unilateral dependency
A3: to sustain the long-term [MV] policy, all relevant actors shall respect it and do not try to gain ultimate dominance.
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🧵o Strednej Ázii, ktoré budem postupne updatovať. Minimálne pokrytý región, pritom (nie len) politicky veľmi zaujímavý. 🇰🇿🇺🇿🇰🇬🇹🇲🇹🇯.

Na začiatok začnem novým článkom "Kazachstan: mesiac po nepokojoch". #CentralAsia #Kazakhstan…
2/ Čo sa udialo:
- oficiálne 225 mŕtvych (reálne číslo sa nikdy nedozvieme)
- prvá spoločná intervencia CSTO a potvrdenie 🇷🇺 vojenskej dominancie v regióne
- prezident Tokayev si absolútne upevnil moc na úkor svojho predchodcu Nazarbayeva
- pád samotného klanu Nazarbayevovcov
3/ Mesiac po nepokojoch je stále viac otázok otvorených, ako uzavretých. Robiť predikcie nemá zmysel, pretože všetko závisí od prezidenta Tokayeva ako naloží s mocou, ktorú si uzurpoval po získaní viacerých kľúčových pozícií predtým patriacich Nazarbayevovi.
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Massive blackout in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan after failure in joint Central Asia energy system. Multiple power stations shutdown after failure. No water, airport is not working in Bishkek… #CentralAsia
Airports of Uzbekistan resumed work after blackout. Uzbekistan power supply restoring after energy grid of the country disconnected from joint Central Asia grid…
Interesting report this morning that Kazakhstan to turn off cryptocurrencies miners from the grid until February.
Then the report came that grid was turned off after massive excessive power in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan turned off miners->shutdown all
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After listening to drumbeat of #War I was decided to share my vision on ongoing crisis of #Ukraine
Long thread
#Russia #Ukraine #WW3 #history Image
First that western audience is missing - that's a truth why #Ukraine? Russia was not invading in Ukraine in #2014 and do not annex a #Crimea

People of Crimea decided on the referendum to walk away from Ukraine and join #Russia on 16 of March 2014 Image
To understand why people of #Crimea and after them people of #Donbas and leave behind #Ukraine where is #coup happened
We filmed a very tough documentary on that topic, if you didn't see that - there is a free copy from us

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No joke! Back home from holiday, my 8 y old daughter's 1st ❓: “Do you know what's going on in #Kazakhstan? The president allowed to shoot the population.” I think my son "briefed" her. My oldest daughter received videos from her colleagues in Kazakhstan. My thread bellow 1/1 ImageImage
#EUforeignpolicy: @EmmanuelMacron & @vonderleyen demanding the violence in #Kazakhstan cease adding #EU is ready to help calm the situation & assist where it can. @JosepBorrellF reiterating that it's important that rights and civilian safety is ensured #HumanRightsViolations 1/2
#US @SecBlinken: not clear why #Kazakhstan feel the need for any outside assistance. It would seem to me that the government certainly have the capacity to deal appropriately with protests to do so in a way that respects the rights of protesters while maintaining law & order.1/3
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#Russia/n deployment to #Kazakhstan within CSTO mandate - THREAD
1/ Eurasian politics can be interesting:
Over the past 3 days the country that seemed the strongest in #CentralAsia almost turned into a failed state. #Putin sent troops to prop up the ruler who endorsed "multi-vector" foreign policy...
2/ ..and the decision had to be pronounced by #Armenia/n PM who himself came to power thru protests and who refused to turn to CSTO at the time his army was losing to #Azerbaijan
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I get contacted by journos to comment on #Kazakhstan. I’ve done research on external democracy promotion in KZ and KG, but now is the time to give space to our #Kazakh colleagues. Whoever needs a list, please email me - I’m recommending those whom I respect immensely
I highly recommend following @CreativeCorazon for both analysis and updates
Also @zhapisheva provides excellent updates
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Massive protests across Kazakhstan on the background of worsening economic conditions, fuel price hike.

Protesters in Atyrau have broken police cordon and gathering at the main square, multiple roads closed…
Striking shift workers in Mangistau left oil fields on foot due to lack of transport…
Kazakhstan authorities are moving additional security forces reinforcement to Mangistau…
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