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Episode 08. The Crossroads of Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan stands at one of the most important decisions the country will ever make about its future, to look toward Moscow or to look toward Beijing.... The Kyrgyz people live upon some of the most important real estate in all of Asia, and now all the superpowers are beginning to compete for access to this vital crossroad.


Chris Schwatz

  • University of Leuven

Erica Marat

  • National Defence University

Alexander Cooley

  • Columbia University

The Red Line's Kyrgyzstan Reading List:

We’ve put together some further reading for those of you looking for more resources to help you get across the geopolitics of Kyrgyzstan.



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