Raffaello Pantucci

Raffaello Pantucci is a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.


Beijing has quietly strengthened its position economically and diplomatically in Central Asia, perhaps the most pivotal geographic zone on the planet. This development has powerful implications for America and the world.


Attracting global economic players like China, India and the UK can stabilize. 

As the West seeks an exit from Afghanistan, will the Sino-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Organization take over?

Washington is packing its bags, but Beijing looks set to stay in AfPak for the long haul.

China, Russia and the United States must navigate their competing—and conflicting—designs for Central Asia.

Kyrgyzstan is defined and dominated by what surrounds it. It is fast becoming China's playground.

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April 18, 2014