Andrea Schmitz

Andrea Schmitz is a senior associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Her research interests include political and social developments in Central Asia. SWP advises the German government and Bundestag on all questions of foreign and security policy.

Can the Taliban Guarantee Security for Afghanistan’s Neighbors?

September 06, 2021

The Taliban’s second takeover since 1996 is taking place in a regional context that poses challenges for the regime but also opens up new opportunities. Twenty-five years ago, the Taliban took over a country largely destroyed by civil war; today, they find a reasonably functioning state. At that time, the...

What Is Behind the Escalation on the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border?

May 10, 2021

At the end of April, a conflict over water escalated into the most serious border clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan since their independence from the Soviet Union. By May, 36 deaths had been reported on the Kyrgyz and 19 on the Tajik side, with more than 270 injured and dozens...

In Tajikistan, It’s Someone Else’s Virus

April 06, 2020

It appears paradoxical that the new coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease was not found in Central Asia until mid-March. The region’s highly mobile societies border directly on China, with which intense bilateral relationships exist. At the end of January, Kazakhstan closed some of its border crossings to China, including...