Turkmenistan Steps Farther Into Darkness

A largely informal geopolitical alliance is again slowly cohering around a series of shared principles — basically that the Western model of development must be left behind for one more inclined to support “national aspirations.”

China Enters Eastern Europe: Advantages for All

The prospect of greater Chinese economic involvement in the former Soviet sphere is win-win all-around. It will promote economic development and it will offer an alternative to Russian money, constraining Moscow’s influence.