Total tempted by ambitious TAPI Asian pipeline project – The Express Tribune

http://tribune.com.pk/story/768341/total-tempted-by-ambitious-tapi-asian-pipeline-project/

India to Provide Helicopters to Afghanistan

By IDR News Network

As per the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Salman Khurshid, India as agreed to provide helicopters to war-torn Afghanistan in the near future. Apparently, this decision of the Government of India comes in response to a request from the President of Afghanistan for the supply of lethal weapons.

External Affairs Minister Shri Salman Khurshid calls on President of Afghanistan HE Mr Hamid Karzai

Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Lebanon – Conference ESSEC-IRENE-SMIB, 20 November 2012

Afghanistan: who after NATO?

China’s Afghan Moment

Zhou Yongkang (R, front), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, holds talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L, front) in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2012. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Until recently, Beijing’s policy in Afghanistan could be characterized as masterful inactivity: It sat on the sidelines of a war that it wanted neither side to win. But the late September visit by security chief Zhou Yongkang, the first by a senior Chinese leader in almost five decades, is the most visible sign that the U.S. 2014 withdrawal date is bringing that spectator status to an end. As the United States dials down its goal of defeating the Taliban, China could become Afghanistan’s most important mediator and investor.

TAPI – IPI: North Stream and South Stream tactics for Turkmenistan?

Everyone’s Competing For Access To This Country’s Natural Gas Reserves

Turkmenistan’s natural gas reserves are the fourth largest in the world according to energy giant BP, behind Russia, Iran and Qatar. The reclusive Central Asian nation is far from alone, however, in hoping to capitalize on this fact. Numerous outsiders including, but not limited to Russia, India, Pakistan, Turkey, China, the US all hold interests in the nation’s vast hydrocarbon stores. Some seek direct access to the reserves for energy purposes, while others’ interests are more subtle and strategic. We’re going to try to break down these competing interests into country-specific narratives to flesh out the importance and complexity of the game developing in and around Turkmenistan.

Cold Water Wars?

Uzbekistan Leader Warns of Water Wars in Central Asia

Uzbekistan water resources

President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan has upped his rhetoric against neighboring Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, warning that their efforts to build hydroelectric power stations on rivers upstream could spark war.

Regional conflict over water in Central Asia