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Alexander Cooley 07-29-2015
In September 2013, at a speech at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping announced plans to promote a “Silk Road Economic Belt” across neighboring Eurasian states. Over the next months, Chinese policymakers and analysts further outlined ambitious plans to promote regional cooperation, economic integration, and connectivity by funding large-scale infrastructure and development projects throughout the region. These include a...
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Alexander Cooley 07-29-2015
In September 2013, at a speech at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping announced plans to promote a “Silk Road Economic Belt” across neighboring Eurasian states. Over the next months, Chinese policymakers and analysts further outlined ambitious plans to promote regional cooperation, economic integration, and connectivity by funding large-scale infrastructure and development projects throughout the region. These include a...
PONARS Eurasia 07-24-2015
(CGI) Dr. Alexander Cooley recently took up the directorship of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. An expert on Central Asian and the author of several books, Dr. Cooley discussed with CGI his goals as director of the Harriman Institute, the impact of the Ukraine Crisis on scholarship and prospects for funding and research in the post-Soviet region. Q: You are the first Director of the Harriman Institute whose research background is...
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PONARS Eurasia 07-10-2015
(Newsweek) This month, as Newsweek goes to print, an international organisation all but unknown in the West is set to announce that its membership will soon include countries representing half the world's population. If the hopes of its leading backers – particularly Russia – are realised, the 15th annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in the Russian city of Ufa will mark the moment when this previously obscure body...
PONARS Eurasia 07-01-2015
(Devex) The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank seems on track to begin full operations early next year. This week, 50 of the bank’s founding members signed the articles of agreement formally establishing the world’s newest multilateral financial institution. Held in Beijing, where the bank’s headquarters will also be established, the ceremony wrapped up nearly two years of contentious negotiations,...
PONARS Eurasia 06-16-2015
(CNBC) Beijing and Moscow are competing for influence and profits in Central Asia, invoking a centuries-old battle for the energy-rich area, but political pundits are at odds as to who's winning so far. Home to some of the world's largest natural gas and coal reserves, Central Asia has been a region of geopolitical strife ever since the original 'Great Game,' a reference to Britain and Russia's political rivalry during the 19th...
PONARS Eurasia 05-06-2015
Professor Alexander Cooley, chair of the political science department and a leading authority on Central Asia, has been named the new director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute, one of the world’s leading academic institutions for the study of Russia, Eurasia, and East Central Europe. His appointment begins July 1, 2015. Professor Cooley has played an active role at the Harriman Institute throughout his career. Over the past...
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PONARS Eurasia 04-27-2015
(NYTimes) Voters in Kazakhstan were set to re-elect an incumbent on Sunday who has ruled the country since the Soviet Union collapsed, in an election that could have only one outcome. Nursultan Nazarbayev, 74, will win his fifth straight term in a snap presidential election as voters headed to the polls in droves on Sunday. According to The Associated Press, election officials said on Monday that Mr. Nazarbayev had taken 97.7 percent of the...

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