Paul Coyer serves as a Research Professor at The Institute of World Politics, as well as an Associate Professor at l’Ecole Speciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, where he lectures on U.S. foreign and national security policy and on the role of religion and culture in international affairs. Full bio

Central Asia Stuck Between A Sinking Russia And A Dominant China

Central Asia, stuck between Russia, the dominant power of yesterday, whose cultural influence in the region remains strong even as its economy implodes and its political clout increasingly plays second fiddle to China, and China, the dominant power of tomorrow, whose targeted economic power is increasingly shaping the choices of Central Asian leaders and reshaping the…

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Putin’s Ephemeral Gains with the Eurasian Economic Union

Russia’s competition with China for dominance in Central Asia has long appeared to be doomed due to the asymmetrical relationship between Russian and Chinese economic power. The already strong Chinese economic position in the region has grown even stronger recently with Beijing’s announcement of large initiatives that are to pour billions of dollars of aid…

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Inside the Sino-Russian Alignment: Intimacy on the Surface, Mistrust Underneath

The convergence this week of US President Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, where China is hosting the annual summit of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) members, highlights the rising geopolitical tensions that are being fuelled by deep mistrust on all sides. Russia’s turn eastward to Asia, and particularly to China, in the face…

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