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.

After Kazakhstan, What's Next for the CSTO?

In early January, protests erupted in western Kazakhstan over increased gas prices, quickly spreading to other parts of the country. The demonstrations increasingly took on a political thrust and were directed in particular against former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had become a symbol of stagnation. Although Nazarbayev had stepped down in 2019, he retained the chairmanship of the... Continue Reading

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Can the Taliban Guarantee Security for Afghanistan’s Neighbors?

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 Taliban regime was recognized internationally by only three states: Saudi Arabia, the... Continue Reading

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

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 of homes destroyed. This was not the first outbreak of armed violence in the contested territories of the... Continue Reading

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In Tajikistan, It’s Someone Else’s Virus

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 the major trade hub of Khorgos on the east-west axis of... Continue Reading

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