Kazakh oil industry in danger of disruption thanks to Crimea

Pipelines passing through Ukraine to markets in Europe are in danger of being disrupted by the annexation of Crimea. Russia’s Gazprom raised prices on natural gas entering Ukraine from Russia by 37% in the past month, putting pressure on the EU to back off. Kazakhstan, whose economy is almost entirely dependent on the export of…

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Ukraine Expels Defense Minister

The resignation of Ukrainian Foreign Minister Igor Tenyukh was accepted in the wake of the Ukrainian Military’s complete withdrawal from Crimea. The ouster of Tenyukh comes as no surprise given the tumultuous state of Ukrainian military affairs that was exemplified by the inability of the military to resist Russian when it moved to usurp Ukrainian…

Russia sidelined from G8 Summit

On Monday, the United States and Britain announced it would be excluding Russia from the G8 and boycotting the planned summit in Sochi in protest of the invasion of Crimea. The cancellation of the planned June summit was declared by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama while they met at the…

Unemployment Among Skilled Rampant in Kashmir

India’s northwestern region of Jammu and Kashmir is home to more than 50,000 unemployed college graduates, 11,000 of which have already completed graduate or postdoctoral work. According  to India’s National Conference and Congress, there has been little change since a 2008 report was released detailing the crisis and establishing a blue print for the alleged…

Pakistan restarts peace talks with Tehrik-i-Taliban

In January, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif reached out to one of the most well-organized Pakistani Taliban groups, the Tehrik-i-Taliban (or TTP) to begin peace dialogues. Calling for a ceasefire between the near-daily clashes with government forces in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (FATA), the talks were quickly derailed after TTP spokesman…

Kazakh Currency Crisis Threatens Eurasian Economic Union

The Kazakh tenge has fallen to a degree that threatens the viability of a theoretical Russian-led “ruble zone.” The monetary project, which has come under increased scrutiny in light of recent events in Crimea, has been championed by Russian President Vladimir Putin along with his contemporaries in both Belarus and Kazakhstan as the economic accompaniments…

Separatist Crimean militias spark bloodshed

In the past week, Russian borders have been redrawn. The Duma and the Crimean Parliament have approved annexation, and fears of war have escalated as the US and EU have slapped sanctions on members of Putin’s inner circle. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the current Prime Minister of Ukraine, declared yesterday that “the conflict is shifting from a…

China Ambivalent on Russian Involvement in Crimea

Russian occupation and eventual annexation of Crimea has provoked strong condemnation from officials in Washington, Brussels and Berlin, and generated a wave of economic and visa-related sanctions doled out by the US government with the goal of restricting members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Actions taken by individual nation states were coupled with a resolution…

Crimeans vote to split from Ukraine, rejoin Russia

The Crimean referendum election on Russian annexation took place yesterday. With more than 50% of the vote accounted for, exit polls demonstrate that an overwhelming majority (close to 95%) of Crimeans supports the secession from Ukraine, as reported by the head of referendum committee Mikhail Malishev However, instead of defusing tensions, the referendum has merely…